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I have recently had heavy odorless discharge, then today I passed a heavy blood clot. I am on birth control pills and I don't start my period for another week and a half. What is the problem?

I have recently had heavy odorless discharge, then today I passed a heavy blood clot. I am on birth control pills and I don't start my period for another week and a half. What is the problem?

Bcp: discharge: Many vaginal fungal ("yeast") growths are not accompanied by strong odors. Oral contraceptives currently are very low dosage, and if not taken at about the same time in the evening (w/in the hour of the previous day's pill) some bleeding can occur, which can be a clot. There are other causes of your symptoms, so see your healthcare provider for an exam to be certain. ...Read more

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Birth Control Pills (Definition)

Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more


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I have a strong vinegar acid smell discharge coming from my vagina can it be my birth control pills or high blood sugar level? Or anything else?

I have a strong vinegar acid smell discharge coming from my vagina can it be my birth control pills or high blood sugar level? Or anything else?

Bacterial Vaginosis: You probably have a vaginal infection caused by bacteria instead of the more common yeast infection. The most common symptom is a smelly vaginal discharge. It may look grayish white or yellow. A sign of bacterial vaginosis can be a "fishy" smell, which may be worse after sex. You need a pelvic exam - a smear can diagnose this infection and it's easy to treat with antibiotics.
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How much blood loss is too much during the last week on birth control pills?

How much blood loss is too much during the last week on birth control pills?

It depends: If you are feeling light headed or fatigue you may be suffering from low iron due to the blood loss. Getting your blood levels of iron would be helpful. ...Read more

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I have been on birth control pills for a month and im having brown ordorless discharge?

I have been on birth control pills for a month and im having brown ordorless discharge?

Common: It's very common to have some break through spotting when first starting out on the pill. It usually goes away by the time you finish 3 packs. Taking the pills at the exact time daily helps prevent spotting. ...Read more

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Started bc pill 12 days ago and still bleeding medium flow red blood. Is this normal when you go on birth control pills?

Started bc pill 12 days ago and still bleeding medium flow red blood. Is this normal when you go on birth control pills?

Could be: If you started birth control for cycle control, it will take at least 1 full cycle before your cycle regulates to the one dictated by the birth control pills. ...Read more

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I am 22 & on birth control pills (yaz) and have been for over a year. I have brown discharge mostly when I wipe. Is this normal? What should I do?

I am 22 & on birth control pills (yaz) and have been for over a year. I have brown discharge mostly when I wipe. Is this normal? What should I do?

Common: This type of bleeding/discharge is common on the pill. The pill is still effective and this is more of a nuisance than a problem. The two options are to stay on this pill and see if it resolves or change pills. ...Read more

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The next day after having unprotected sex I started to discharge and it was brown. What does that mean. I have been on birth control pills for 3 month?

The next day after having unprotected sex I started to discharge and it was brown. What does that mean. I have been on birth control pills for 3 month?

Probably normal: Most likely your cervix bled a little during sex and the blood came out as brown discharge. Make sure you are getting routine exams by a gynecologist, including pap smears and STD screening. ...Read more

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What causes blood after period while on birth control pills for about 2 years?

What causes blood after period while on birth control pills for about 2 years?

Vaginal bleeding: There are many possible causes of bleeding between periods or other abnormal vaginal bleeding. Some are serious, including hormonal issues, STDs, and more. Don't mess around with this: see your doctor soon. ...Read more

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I am on birth control pills, am in my twenties, workout regularly and smoke. (i am in the process of quitting) what's the real chance of blood clots?

I am on birth control pills, am in my twenties, workout regularly and smoke. (i am in the process of quitting) what's the real chance of blood clots?

Higher than necesary: And I know I misspelled necessary. I encourage smokers to avoid oral contraceptive use, and vice versa, because of the increased risk for blood clots. Why increase your risk for no good reason? More importantly how do you justify "working out" for fitness then throwing it all away by smoking. ...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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Should I get a deep tissue massage if I'm on birth control pills? My dr said there's an increased risk of blood clots on bcp.

Should I get a deep tissue massage if I'm on birth control pills? My dr said there's an increased risk of blood clots on bcp.

Massage therapist: At the end of the day the massage therapist is the one with the professional expertise to counsel on deep tissue massage while on birth control pills. With acute blood clots doctors and therapists ususally advise against deep tissue massage. Hormonal birth control pills, especially those containing estrogen, do increase blood's potential to clot, but only very rarely do women develop blood clots. ...Read more

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Cramping, stretchy discharge and milky white sticky discharge week before inactive pills. Been on birth control pills for two months. Am I preganant?

Pregnancy: Discharge is not a sign of pregnancy. If you have taken your pills as directed then changes of pregnancy are very slim. If in doubt take a home pregnancy test. Take care! ...Read more

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Can't tell if I had my period on birth control pills. Bc only has my period lasting 4 days. Lots of white discharge and sometimes a light yellw/brown?

Can't tell if I had my period on birth control pills. Bc only has my period lasting 4 days. Lots of white discharge and sometimes a light yellw/brown?

OCP and period: It may be normal for you to have very light or no bleeding on birth control pills. The amount of bleeding relates to how thick is the lining that develops on the pill. This is influenced by the type of medications in the pill, your weight, how active you are, other medications you are taking, and whether you miss any pills. When you miss or have light periods, you could be pregnant as well. ...Read more

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There is something that smells like blood it has a orange color coming from my vagina and im on birth control pills is this normal? Should I be scared

There is something that smells like blood it has a orange color coming from my vagina and im on birth control pills is this normal? Should I be scared

Breakthrough bleed: Sounds like breakthrough bleeding which occurs when you have bleeding at unscheduled times while on the pill. Brown is simply old blood that has been sitting at the back of the vagina. Often things get back to normal the next cycle. If not then schedule a visit to discuss changing brands or changing birth control methods. This is very common. Other than being annoying it is not dangerous. ...Read more

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On birth control pills. My period ended a week ago, for the past week I have been having a lot of vaginal white discharge (wayy more than usual)cause??

On birth control pills. My period ended a week ago, for the past week I have been having a lot of vaginal white discharge (wayy more than usual)cause??

Monitor: Does not appear to be concerning. However, if you have other symptoms such as itch, burn, odor, irritation, then get it checked out. Also, if a concern, use barrier methods to protect against STDs, ...Read more

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I currently have no menstrual after 42 days. I'm on birth control pills and got a blood test from my gyno and 5 hpt that are negative. Pregnant maybe?

I currently have no menstrual after 42 days. I'm on birth control pills and got a blood test from my gyno and 5 hpt that are negative. Pregnant maybe?

Too many tests: A woman using birth control pills properly is unlikely to be pregnant. Using birth control pills and having 1 negative pregnancy test done at the correct time, means not pregnant. Using birth control pills plus having 2 negative pregnancy tests means definitely not pregnant. If tested too early, such as less than 2 weeks after sex, and still worried, she might do one more test AFTER another week. ...Read more

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Clear and stretchy like vaginal discharge. On birth control pills. Could this be ovulation, and could I get pregnant from unprotected sex?

Birth control pills: Birth control pills are 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. They primarily work by inhibiting ovulation. Clear stretchy vaginal discharge you are experiencing is not due to ovulation. As you are not ovulating your cannot get pregnant from sex without a condom. More about how birth control pills work: http://goaskalice. Columbia. Edu/answered-questions/how-do-birth-control-pills-work ...Read more

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When I wipe I see blood and it's not my period and I can't be pregnant because Iam on birth control pills and I used a condom. What could be going on?

When I wipe I see blood and it's not my period and I can't be pregnant because Iam on birth control pills and I used a condom. What could be going on?

Hematuria: Assuming you are wiping after urinating, you have hematuria, and may have an underlying UTI, or other cause of blood in you urine. The blood may be coming from your vagina, so best for you to get an evaluation of this bleeding you have. ...Read more

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1 week before period I always get brown discharge. I'm on birth control pills, and I've had cryosurgery on my cervix already. Why is it happening stil?

Vaginal discharge: Yes you should go back to see your Dr and get checked again. Get a pelvic exam. May be there is some inflammation or infection. Better get examined. ...Read more

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Could second hand smoke cause risk of stroke and blood clots while on birth control pills?

Could second hand smoke cause risk of stroke and blood clots while on birth control pills?

If you are exposed: To alot of it, I do not know what the amount would be but at your age could increase your risk, if u want no more kids I would offer u in office tubal sterilization, takes 5 minutes easy and safe, and then u could get an in office endometrial ablation to get rid of the lining so no more periods, I have done both on many of my pts and they are very happy and do not have to use bc pills anymore. ...Read more

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Thick white vaginal discharge constantly. Ob tested no type of infection or yeast. On birth control pills. What could this be how do I get rid of it?

Thick white vaginal discharge constantly. Ob tested no type of infection or yeast. On birth control pills. What could this be how do I get rid of it?

Resistant candidiasi: First u need to make sure that not only a wet mount/KOH prep was done but also a specific yeast culture. This is a resistant yeast infection that will require long term therapy. U had some benefit from boric acid & white color points to yeast infection. Physiologic leukorrhea. Can b due to estrogen w/o any other symptoms. Scented panty liners, spermicides, soaps, perfumes, latex condoms can all cause ...Read more

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Can taking Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) while on birth control pills increase the risk or cause blood clots?

Can taking Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) while on birth control pills increase the risk or cause blood clots?

Yas/ yasmin (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol): On sep, 6, 2013: 7, 405 people reported to have side effects when taking adderall. Among them, 105 people (1.42%) have blood clot in the legs.
(remember, this is of the total reports, not 1.42% of the total people. On adderall. Of these, the largest number were on yas or yasmin, (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) but not on any other birth control pills. ...Read more

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I'm 1wk late, 2 negative pregnant test, white vag discharge, sore breasts, am I pregnant? On birth control pills for 7 years now

I'm 1wk late, 2 negative pregnant test, white vag discharge, sore breasts, am I pregnant? On birth control pills for 7 years now

Trust the test: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctor's office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...Read more

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I am on birth control pills but had sex twice during my fertile period. I am now having brown discharge like light spotting and sore tender breasts.

I am on birth control pills but had sex twice during my fertile period. I am now having brown discharge like light spotting and sore tender breasts.

The brown discharge: Is likely old blood being cleaned from the uterus. Oral contraceptives are very effective when used properly. If you miss your period - would take a home pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Brown discharge on day 3 of nitrofurantoin mono mac for UTI on day periods due on birth control pills no cramps. Dull back ache normal?

Brown discharge on day 3 of nitrofurantoin mono mac for UTI on day periods due on birth control pills no cramps. Dull back ache normal?

See answer: Nitrofurantion taken for 5-7 days usually a good antibiotic for a simple bladder infection but not a good choice if kidney infection is suspected (fever, chills, flank pain, nausea, feeling sick). Your symptoms of brownish vaginal discharge and dull backache (if low), suggest a gynecological origin unrelated to your UTI (pending or abnormal period, vaginitis, etc). If persists/worsens, call md. ...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


Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more