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I was on birth control for 5 years and have been off of it for a year and trying to have a baby. this month i did not get my period around the time of my period i have brown discharge when i wiped and on my tampons when i changed them i still have not had

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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 21 years experience
As : As doctors, the first thing we do when we hear that a fertile woman is having a missed period or abnormal spotting, we check a pregnancy test. You can either take a home pregnancy test as long as it has been 5- 6 weeks since your last normal period, or you can go see your doctor and they can test you. A home pregnancy test is 97% accurate if taken a week or more after the missed period and a doctor's test can tell around when you should be getting your next period. Did you take your tests too soon? There are other reasons besides pregnancy that can cause a woman to miss a period such as: stress, diet, excessive exercise or a hormone imbalance such as with a thyroid disorder or polycystic ovarian syndrome. If you continue to have an irregular cycle, you should give your doctor or your ob/gyne a call. Also, if you have been trying to get pregnant for more than a year and have not been successful, you should contact your doctor to discuss. Good luck!

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Last updated Oct 3, 2016

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