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A 24-year-old female asked:

On combination birth control pills.. had sex on 8/14, started my inactive pills on 8/18 and period began on 8/20 or 8/21.. have had mainly only brown blood this time is this normal? i have never missed any days of pills?

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Dr. Alan Lasnover
Obstetrics and Gynecology 60 years experience
"Inactive" pills are just that, and your period . although "brown" in color, started on time. You are likely not pregnant, and tour pills can be changed if you have intramenstrual bleeding or a scant period.

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