Oak Ridge, TN
A 37-year-old female asked:

This is my first period on low dose birth control. i take tri sprintec lo.im on day 1 of the sugar pills (off pill) and im only spotting brown. can you have spotting on your period instead of a full bleed while on the pill? no chance of pregnancy

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
That was the period: The low dose oral contraceptive pills keep the endometrium (lining of the womb) very thin, which also helps to prevent potential implantation/pregnancy. The flip side is that there is often very little endometrium to shed at the time of the withdrawal/period, thus the brown spotting.
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Last updated Aug 20, 2019

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