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Took EC in May, decided to go back on the pill. It's my 2nd month on the pill. I had brown discharge during last week of active pills. Is this normal?

Took EC in May, decided to go back on the pill. It's my 2nd month on the pill. I had brown discharge during last week of active pills. Is this normal?

Depends: Old blood can often look brown. Spotting can occur 2nd hormonal changes, infection, medical conditions, pregnancy, growths. If continues or gets worse follow up with doctor for exam and testing ...Read more

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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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I'm sexually active with my boyfriend and I'm on the pill, Is it weird to have brown discharge for one day?

I'm sexually active with my boyfriend and I'm on the pill, Is it weird to have brown discharge for one day?

Possible pill effect: It is not weird, little spotting or brown discharge is normal when one is on birth control pills. It is known that one may get irregular, scanty or heavy periods or no periods for months. But if it foul smelling, causing itching or any other problem, then consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Jul 21-Last period. Aug 5-Started Microgestin. Am taking first 2 packs of active pills consecutively. Skipped Fe pills. How to stop brown discharge?

Jul 21-Last period. Aug 5-Started Microgestin. Am taking first 2 packs of active pills consecutively. Skipped Fe pills. How to stop brown discharge?

Check with GYN: This is a mixture of old breakthrough bleeding with vaginal and cervical mucous. I suggest you call your GYN- not uncommon on pills for the first time. ...Read more

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I take the birth control sprintec and I'm on my last row of blue active pills and I've been having brown discharge looks exactly like blood but just a bit brown what is it and what's wrong?

I take the birth control sprintec and I'm on my last row of blue active pills and I've been having brown discharge looks exactly like blood but just a bit brown what is it and what's wrong?

Early slow bleeding: Most likely your uterine lining is too thick or too fragile, both will cause early or irregular bleeding. When the bleeding is slow. The blood breaks down and turns brown. If you are not pregnant, and it keeps happening ask your doc about changing to a different birth control pill. ...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 have been taking and missing birth control pills on and off this pack and on last active pill I had brown discharge an also cramps for 9 days? Y?

I have been taking and missing birth control pills on and off this pack and on last active pill I had brown discharge an also cramps for 9 days? Y?

Vaginal discharge: Hi duck13421,

i see you have several questions related to contraceptive pill use. Both contraception and cycle control with an oral method requires consistent daily use. The on-off effects of inconsistent use is very confusing to the uterus lining whether to bleed or not. You may at this point need to discuss this issue with your doctor to reset your cycle.

Doc ripley. ...Read more

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I started Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) flex contraceptive pill about a month ago. I'm sexually active. For about 2-3 weeks now I have been getting dark brown discharge. Help!

I started Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) flex contraceptive pill about a month ago. I'm sexually active. For about 2-3 weeks now I have been getting dark brown discharge. Help!

Not unusual: This sort of irregular bleeding is not unusual on any pill, especially the first 2 to 3 cycles after you start as your body adjusts to it. It should resolve with subsequent cycles. ...Read more

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Is it normal for brown discharge even if I haven't finished my pills?

Is it normal for brown discharge even if I haven't finished my pills?

Yes.: While disconcerting, this is not uncommon. If you are dissatisfied, see your gynecologist to be examined/evaluated. ...Read more

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Can the Plan B pill make brown discharge?

Can the Plan B pill make brown discharge?

Yes -that is likely: Old blood. Potential side effects with emergency contraception can include: tender breasts; changes in menstrual flow (spotting, bleeding, early or late period); loose stools; dizziness; headache; nausea/ vomiting; abdominal discomfort or feeling tired. If you develop chest tightness, difficulty breathing, swelling of lips, mouth, throat – call 911. Notify your doctor if your period is 7 or more >. ...Read more

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Is brown discharge after starting the pill normal?

Is brown discharge after starting the pill normal?

Yes: Brown discharge is really clotted blood. When women have mild bleeding or spotting it can coagulate and become brown. As spotting is not uncommon while on oral contraceptive pills then, the answer is yes.

But, bleeding can be do to other reasons. So if you have any other symptoms then seek medical attention. If brown discharge goes away then don't worry. ...Read more

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Today is day 10 after taking abortion pill is brown discharge normal?

Today is day 10 after taking abortion pill is brown discharge normal?

May or may not be: It is normal to have some bleeding or brownish discharge after taking emergency contraception. Typically it only lasts a few days, though. Given that you're has been ongoing for 10 days, it would be a good idea to get checked by your doctor. It may be that nothing is wrong, and your bleeding has just been longer than normal; however, you should get checked out in case something else is wrong. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have brown discharge a week after taking Plan B pill?

Is it normal to have brown discharge a week after taking Plan B pill?

Yes: This is some light bleeding caused by the hormonal effects of the pills. Get a pregnancy test in a few weeks to ease your worries - make sure your not pregnant. Plan b works pretty well but nothing is perfect. Also consider getting on a good birth control method so you do not have to go through this emotional torture again. ...Read more

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2nd month on Cerazette had a brown discharge for 10 days, never used this pill before always had combined. Is this normal?

2nd month on Cerazette had a brown discharge for 10 days, never used this pill before always had combined. Is this normal?

Breakthrough bleed: Old blood and miucous will lead to a brownish dischage- should be checked by GYN. ...Read more

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I had a pill abortion 20days ago, I bleeded for about two weeks and after was having brown discharge for several days now. Is this normal?

I had a pill abortion 20days ago, I bleeded for about two weeks and after was having brown discharge for several days now. Is this normal?

Yes, normal: After medication abortion you can have spotting for a couple of weeks. When women describe brown bleeding it's usually glad that's just been around for a few days. I hope you've gone back for your follow-up appointment and know for sure that you are no longer pregnant. I also hope that you're on high efficacy contraception so you don't get pregnant until if and when your are ready to be a mom! ...Read more

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Been taking 2 bc pill at a time the past 3 weeks I'm really off on the pills and now I have brown discharge is that from being off so much?

Been taking 2 bc pill at a time the past 3 weeks I'm really off on the pills and now I have brown discharge is that from being off so much?

Yes: Your period will be abnormal for 1-2 months until you get back on the proper birth control schedule again. Be sure to use a backup method of birth control this month. Setting an alarm may be helpful for reminding you when to take the pill! ...Read more

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On the 10th, I took pills as ecp then bled for 3 days (brown & light flow) on the 19th. Today, may 30 I havebeen getting brown discharge what this mean?

On the 10th, I took pills as ecp then bled for 3 days (brown & light flow) on the 19th. Today, may 30 I havebeen getting brown discharge what this mean?

Brown discharge: Brown discharge may mean you have an STD and may require a pelvic exam, with testing and treatment of an infection. It may also signify some irregular bleeding, perhaps triggered by hormonal changes associated with ECP. Get a pregnancy test done, and tests for cervical infections with your PCP, GYN or an urgent care center ...Read more

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Pinkish, brown discharge, plus I wipe like piece of something big brown, test negative, I am on 28 days pills, not period time anyway?

Pinkish, brown discharge, plus I wipe like piece of something big brown, test negative, I am on 28 days pills, not period time anyway?

Could be: Just old blood or irregular bleeding on your pill. But if worried see your gyn. Doubt pregnancy but ectopic pregnancy, like you have had are more common on the pill. Also could be an infection. So if worried see your GYN ...Read more

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I've been having a light brown discharge for 3 days now, I'm 13 pills into my pack of cilest. I've never had this before, should I be worried?

I've been having a light brown discharge for 3 days now, I'm 13 pills into my pack of cilest. I've never had this before, should I be worried?

Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very normal 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 am half way through my second month of my pill and I am getting period painful period stunting and brown discharge. This is a strong pill too?

I am half way through my second month of my pill and I am getting period painful period stunting and brown discharge. This is a strong pill too?

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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Brown discharge in between periods sometimes. This month it lasted for about 4 days however it got smaller in amount. No pain or pills taken. Abnormal?

Vaginal discharge: If it's new to you, it's abnormal. Any new, unexplained vaginal discharge should be professionally evaluated. Depending on other characteristics or symptoms (irritaion, odor, sexual risks) it could be yeast, an STD, bacterial vaginosis (an overgrowth of mostly normal bacteria), or other causes. Don't take chances -- get it checked out. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am having brown discharge problems and I am only fifteen and have never been sexually active, why is this happening? *i started getting brown discharge yesterday. *this has never happened before * im in no pain *it is occurring during time that I should

During: During puberty, it is normal to have an irregular or abnormal menstral cycle. Sometimes the brown discharge presents prior to having your period. This is completely normal and many females have this brownish discharge right before having their period.
Once again, irregular periods are normal during puberty. Also, an increase in activity can cause a missed cycle altogether. ...Read more

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Brown discharge whilst on zelleta mini pill, happening for a while, I've been on the mini pill for nearly 4 months, what do I do?

Brown discharge whilst on zelleta mini pill, happening for a while, I've been on the mini pill for nearly 4 months, what do I do?

Vaginal discharge: Without being able to examine you and the discharge (which sounds like old blood) it is not possible to make any provisional diagnosis. Best to contact the doctor who began the mini pill and discuss with them. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am on the bcp avine and I have brown discharge, are the pills the cause? I have a fibroid and cysts as well. Please help

I am on the bcp avine and I have brown discharge, are the pills the cause? I have a fibroid and cysts as well. Please help

Do you mean: Aviane as it says in your medications? Sometimes when on these pills for a while you don't build up much of a lining and all there is to discharge is old blood which comes out as dark brown. Doubt your cysts or fibroids play a part. If it is a continuous discharge get it checked out. Could you have left a tampon inside? ...Read more

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What could cause light brown discharge after taking the morning after pill?

Bleeding: There may be blood mixed in with discharge. Morning after pill can cause changes in menstrual bleeding. ...Read more

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I am experience brown discharge on second week of the pill (necon), what is it?

I am experience brown discharge on second week of the pill (necon), what is it?

Normal adjustment: When on oral contraception, it's not unusual to have brownish discharge or even spotting as the uterus adjusts to the hormones in the pill. This is called breakthrough bleed and should resolve with time. Keep on your regimine, don't skip pills and try to take the pills the same time each day. That will help provide a more stable environment for your uterus. ...Read more