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Brown spotting instead of period on birth control?

Brown spotting instead of period on birth control?

No problem: If the spotting is occurring during the time you'd otherwise expect a "period", it's nothing to worry about--for many women who've been on the pill for awhile, periods can get lighter and lighter. This is a good effect, not a problem. Brown spotting just means the bleeding is lighter. ...Read more

Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Spotting (Definition)

Spotting (vaginal spotting) is a symptom in which a woman has light bleeding from the vagina between menstrual cycles. Spotting is usually very light and may be just a ...Read more


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Brown discharge first day of period?

Brown discharge first day of period?

Vaginal Discharge: The brown is probably some aged blood in the mucous...It may be left over from the last period. It could be some irritation of the cervix. If the menses is otherwise normal then this may not need to be worried about. ...Read more

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There's brown spotting instead of regular period with light pink spotting 5 days later. Is this okay?

There's brown spotting instead of regular period with light pink spotting 5 days later. Is this okay?

May be some: Hormonal imbalances. Brown spotting is likely old, deoxygenated blood bleeding cleaned from the uterus. Pink spotting may be small amt of blood mixed with vaginal secretions. If this regulates back wouldn't worry about it. If irregular pattern persists seek medical eval. Take care. ...Read more

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Light brown spotting day period is due?

Light brown spotting day period is due?

Could be the: Beginning of your period. If worried and it does not get heavier check a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Spotting dark brown days before period and is on birth control?

Spotting dark brown days before period and is on birth control?

Menstrual Cycle: Normal menstrual cycle is every 28 days (21-35 days normal), with about 5 days of bleeding (2-8 days normal). Some spotting a few days before your expected period is normal. ...Read more

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Light pink and brown half day period, now brown mucus with a tint of red? Pregnant?

Light pink and brown half day period, now brown mucus with a tint of red? Pregnant?

Difficult to say: Certainly a pregnancy test is in order, but you should see your doctor to be checked for infections or other abnormalities. ...Read more

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Took oral steroid late Nov. Last period:late &short. This month:2 days dark brown discharge and days of brown spotting. Imbalance or implantation?

Took oral steroid late Nov. Last period:late &short. This month:2 days dark brown discharge and days of brown spotting. Imbalance or implantation?

One cannot tell: It can be hard to tell if a woman is pregnant because some of the symptoms seen in early pregnancy can also happen in non-pregnant women. A urine pregnancy test gives a reliable result if done correctly. One can test about 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), 1 week after missing a period, or 1 week after having a "weird" period. ...Read more

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Brown discharge with blood instead of a period. Whatsup?

Brown discharge with blood instead of  a period. Whatsup?

Sexually active?: If you are sexually active and have not used protection, you could be pregnant. First step is to take a pregnancy test. If the test is negative, and you have not had unprotected sex recently ( in the last 10 days), don't worry about it. There are times where women will have an abnormal period. Stress plays a factor. No evaluation is needed until you have had three consecutive abnormal cycle. ...Read more

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Missed pill. My period is 3 days late and im having cramping and light brown discharge/spotting instead, early sign of pregnancy?

Missed pill. My period is 3 days late and im having cramping and light brown discharge/spotting instead, early sign of pregnancy?

Possible: Always a possibility, especially with missed pills. But could also be your period a little late, could be breakthrough bleeding from the pills, could be from other causes - fibroids, ovarian cysts, stress, lots of things can cause irregular bleeding. Always best to rule out pregnancy first. ...Read more

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Small dark brown blood spotting on day of expected period, and on and off for three days with pms. Period or implantation bleeding ?

Small dark brown blood spotting on day of expected period, and on and off for three days with pms. Period or implantation bleeding ?

A person can't tell: Wait a few days. A positive pregnancy test can tell a woman that PRIOR spotting was actually implantation spotting. It can be hard to tell if she is pregnant because some of the symptoms seen in early pregnancy can also happen in non-pregnant women. A urine pregnancy test gives a reliable result about 3 weeks after sex, 1 week after missing a period, or 1 week after having a "weird" period. ...Read more

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On pill. Took 2 pills late, late in cycle. Always use condom. Had light brown lighter discharge for 3 days instead of period. Cramping. ???

On pill. Took 2 pills late, late in cycle. Always use condom. Had light brown lighter discharge for 3 days instead of period. Cramping. ???

Unlikely pregnancy: Since you use condoms regularly, it is unlikely that you are pregnant. It is more likely that you caused the abnormal bleeding pattern by missing your pills then taking them in late cycle. Just continue with your next pill pack as scheduled and try to remember to take the pills consistently. ...Read more

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4days of brown vaginal discharge now light pink dischrge.My period ended a week before the brown discharge came.My blood test high esr. not pregnant.

4days of brown vaginal discharge now light pink dischrge.My period ended a week before the brown discharge came.My blood test high esr. not pregnant.

Hormonal imbalance: Menstrual irregularities are not uncommon and anovulatory cycle is a common cause. If you miss more than two periods it would be time to see your doctor. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time. You may consider implanted contraceptive or an IUD. Consult this site for more information on this topic. http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/menstruation/conditioninfo/Pages/causes.aspx Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Second month of brown discharge instead of period. Haven't missed a pill. Coul I be pregnant?

Second month of brown discharge instead of period. Haven't missed a pill. Coul I be pregnant?

Maybe normal: After some months or years not unusual for pill takers to have very lite cycles. As long that it occurs when on last or dummy pills on which to bleed on and doesn't last over 7-8 days and occurs only when due per pill pack then we should be fine. As always you may check with your Gyn to test for other causes .i .e infection , pregnancy ,polyps,etc..sometimes changing pill may give you a cycle. ...Read more

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Missed a pill and had brown discharge during week of period. Help?

Missed a pill and had brown discharge during week of period. Help?

That brown discharge: is probably old blood being cleaned out of the uterus. That may have been your period for this cycle. ...Read more

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Brown menstrual bleeding at beginning of period pregnant?

Brown menstrual bleeding at beginning of period pregnant?

Maybe: An irregular period can be a sign of pregnancy. Take a home pregnancy test if you are concerned. ...Read more