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On birth control, brown discharge and cramping and a UTI. What are the possibilities of what this could be? Start sugar pills tomorrow.

On birth control, brown discharge and cramping and a UTI. What are the possibilities of what this could be? Start sugar pills tomorrow.

You need some tests: This could be a lot of things. You need a pregnancy test and a urine analysis and a detailed history and physical. You should see your doctor ...Read more

Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


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Delivered baby went on birth control brown discharge and consistent breakthrough bleeding for three months?

Delivered baby went on birth control brown discharge and consistent breakthrough bleeding for three months?

Which birth control: If birth control pills, are you taking same time every day? New moms may find that difficult. If other methods: the shot, patch, iud may have other causes. As it's persisted x 3 months, best to see or call your doctor. He/she can't know you're having problems unless you speak up. ...Read more

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Finished period 4/4; regular periods since dec after stopping birth control. Brown/pinkish discharge today and yesterday. Am I pregnant or ovulating?

Finished period 4/4; regular periods since dec after stopping birth control. Brown/pinkish discharge today and yesterday. Am I pregnant or ovulating?

Take the test: If you want to know if you are pregnant, take a test. In today's world you do not need to wonder if you are pregnant or not based on symptoms. Pregnancy tests are available at any pharmacy and in minutes you will have your answer. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. ...Read more

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Got implanon birth control started noticing brown discharge, constant itching, and a bad odor.?

Got implanon birth control started noticing brown discharge, constant itching, and a bad odor.?

More than 1 problem: The brown discharge with Implanon is exceedingly common and may last a few days, a few weeks, or a few months. Be patient, but if it is intolerable it is treatable. The itching would most likely be yeast and could be caused by the constant bleeding. The odor could be BV, also due to the constant blood in the vagina. Your doctor should be able to treat all these issues and give you good relief. ...Read more

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Can missing birth control cause redish-Brown discharge for multiple days? Also what should I do if I miss a birth control pill?

YES: The hormonal cycle can be disturbed and cause some breakthrough spotting if you miss pills. If you miss one pill, then take the pill when you remember it, this will still provide protection in the cycle. If you miss more than two pills in a single cycle. The pills are not effective anymore that cycle and you must use back up birth control to prevent pregnancy. ...Read more

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Could not taking a break from active birth control pills cause brown discharge / spotting?

Could not taking a break from active birth control pills cause brown discharge / spotting?

Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually self corrects over time. If you are not satisfied or it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method. It is a common side effect and does not mean something is wrong or that the pill is not working. ...Read more

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I'm on the continuous birth control and I have brown discharge, what could be wrong?

Spotting is not: Uncommon with contraceptives. Brown discharge is usually older, deoxygenated blood. ...Read more

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I'm on birth control pills, I had brown discharge during the week before the sugar pills, and now during the sugar pills I still have brown discharge?

I'm on birth control pills, I had brown discharge during the week before the sugar pills, and now during the sugar pills I still have brown discharge?

Can happen: Stick with your pill and see what happens with next 1-2 cycles. If you do not have regular period, see your doctor to discuss possible change in pill. If concern for pregnancy do home preg test on first morning urine. If neg, repeat in 7-10 days. If both neg unlikely you are pregnant. Hope this was helpful Dr R ...Read more

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I take birth control, Missed 2 days, brown discharge started yesterday. Foul smell for 4 days, partner clear of STD in Jan. 2017 together 5 mon. BV??

I take birth control, Missed 2 days, brown discharge started yesterday. Foul smell for 4 days, partner clear of STD in Jan. 2017 together 5 mon. BV??

Missed oral bc pill: Missing an "active" bcp (not a placebo) will start withdrawal bleeding from the lowered estrogen level effect on the lining of the uterus. The "foul odor" may be an infection (or a "lost tampon" still in the upper vagina). See your gyn for an exam and a culture. Negative for STD in 01/2017 is not a guarantee of negativity at present. ...Read more

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Short 2-3 day period on birth control followed by brown discharge. Pregnant??

Short 2-3 day period on birth control followed by brown discharge. Pregnant??

Not likely: If you are taking birth control pills properly and are not currently taking other medications that could interfere with their effectiveness, such as certain antibiotics, then it is not likely you are pregnant. Oral contraceptive pills not only prevent pregnancy, but they can also shorten the duration of your period and lessen bleeding. ...Read more

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Started period on 6/19, ended 6/22. On the pill. Had sex on 6/25. Pill is only birth control. Dark brown/red discharge on 6/30. Now more pink- help?

Menses irregular: Dark brown discharge is usually old blood, and may be the result of numerous possible occurrences. Would not worry unless this continues or repeats itself, in which case the best thing to do is go see your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Stopping continuous birth control pills for period. Brown discharge and spotting on week off? Normal?

Stopping continuous birth control pills for period. Brown discharge and spotting on week off? Normal?

Yes: If you stop continuous birth control pills, you will have a withdrawal bleed and may experience a full 'period ' or spotting. The effect is similar to taking the placebo week in a pill pack. ...Read more

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I had sex a day ago and used a condom and I'm on birth control but I had brown discharge today does this mean I'm pregnant?

I had sex a day ago and used a condom and I'm on birth control but I had brown discharge today does this mean I'm pregnant?

No: The brown discharge doesn't mean you are (or are not) pregnant. Its usually related to uterine bleeding or vaginal bleeding as a result of intercourse. You are protected by two methods so its unlikely you are pregnant. Best wishes! ...Read more

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On birth control for years, have brown discharge/light bleeding-7days. Not pregnant. Started new pack 2 weeks ago. No pain/odor. See doctor or wait? Thanks.

On birth control for years, have brown discharge/light bleeding-7days. Not pregnant. Started new pack 2 weeks ago. No pain/odor. See doctor or wait? Thanks.

Depends: Women on bcps can develop transient irregular bleeding, possibly due to missed pills, weight changes, stress, smoking, stis, other medications, etc, even if they have been on them for years. If you have confirmed you are not pregnant, and have not missed pills, are not at risk for stis, wait until your next cycle of pills. If problem persists or if bleeding worsens, see your health care provider. ...Read more

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Help! On birth control for years, have brown discharge/light bleeding-6days. Not pregnant. Started new pack 2 weeks ago. No pain/odor. See a doctor or wait?

Help! On birth control for years, have brown discharge/light bleeding-6days. Not pregnant. Started new pack 2 weeks ago. No pain/odor. See a doctor or wait?

Birth control: I would suggest seeing your doctor. It sounds like you are having some mid cycle spotting that can be bright red blood but also brown tinged normally. Your doctor can change the hormone levels in your birth control pill to remedy this. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Had sex first week of birth control with no condom brown discharge half a week later could I be pregnant? Last period july 3-9

Had sex first week of birth control with no condom brown discharge half a week later could I be pregnant? Last period july 3-9

? error in dates?: It is march 2013 as I answer this, so you would be 7-8 months pregnant if your last perios was in july? If your stomach is large, you feel a baby kicking, and your breasts are enlarged and possibly sore, than you are pregnant. If your dates are wrong, and you had a brown discharge, you should see a gyn for a good clinical exam and discussion. Good luck. ...Read more

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Brown discharge while on birth control?

Brown discharge while on birth control?

Possibly: It is not uncommon for women on birth control pills to have their periods become lighter, shorter, less frequent, or stop all together. These changes can occur once, occasionally, frequently or all the time. If you have not missed any pills and had protected sex, the likelihood of being pregnant is very low. If still concerned, you can check a urine pregnancy test. ...Read more

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How come I get dark brown discharge while on birth control?

Usually: This can occur due to an effect of the hormones on thinning the uterine lining, and decreasing the amount of tissue that accumulates each month, and some patients develop a brownish discharge that is the shedding of older blood/tissue from the uterine lining. Many different things can cause though. ...Read more

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Dark brown discharge for ten days on birth control. Is this normal?

Many possibilities: Spotting or irregular bleeding is common in the first 3 months of any new pill. Missed pills also cause bleeding, so be sure you're not missing, but spotting/ bleeding can have other causes: pregnancy, fibroids, stds, a polyp. Bc other than pills may have spotting (the shot, implant, or progestin iud). See your dr to be sure. ...Read more

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Can taking my birth control 10 hrs late cause me to have brown discharge the next day?

Can taking my birth control 10 hrs late cause me to have brown discharge the next day?

Yes: Some women's bodies are more sensitive than others. That being, taking their pills in the evening, then morning can cause them to break through bleeding which may show up as spotting. ...Read more

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Why am I experiencing brown discharge after taking birth control and how do I get it to stop?

Why am I experiencing brown discharge after taking birth control and how do I get it to stop?

Birth control: It is normal to have some spotting when you start birth control. Just keep taking your pills on time. It should improve after a few packs of pills as long as you don't miss any pills. ...Read more

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I'm on the birth control rod, an had it for a week an know I am starting to have brown discharge?

Brown discharge: Some irregular spotting and bleeding is not uncommon with the birth control rod. Brown discharge represents old blood so nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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How long to expect brown discharge on continuous birth control I take same exact time every day its been 4 months?

How long to expect brown discharge on continuous birth control I take same exact time every day its been 4 months?

Brownish discharge: It is likely that you need a stronger dose of hormones in the bcp than the one that your are taking. Probably the estrogen component is too low. ...Read more

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Hi there I've recently been on movisse birth control going on my 2nd month and I've been having brown discharge randomly is that normal?

Norethindrone: Movisse (norethindrone) like other oral contraceptives has potential side effect of light vaginal bleeding or spotting. Brown vaginal discharge is likely old blood being cleaned from the uterus. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more