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On birth control for 2 years, but why am I having brown discharge two weeks before period?

On birth control for 2 years, but why am I having brown discharge two weeks before period?

Brown discharge: Is usually older blood being cleaned from the uterus. You could have some break through bleeding. If it continues please contact your gynecologist. ...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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On birth control, black discharge a week before period and than only a three day period. First period on birth control. Is this normal?

On birth control, black discharge a week before period and than only a three day period. First period on birth control. Is this normal?

Common: The hormones in oral contraceptives basically take over your normal menstrual cycle. The dark discharge could be left over menstrual blood from your last period. Once your body has adjusted to the pill, this type of "break-through bleeding" shouldn't happen again. In general, menstrual periods on the pill are lighter especially in women used to a heavier period. ...Read more

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I'm am experiencing brown discharge a week before period is due it's odorless and I'm not on birth control is it normal?

I'm am experiencing brown discharge a week before period is due it's odorless and I'm not on birth control is it normal?

Not normal, get care: Any new or unexplained vaginal discharge needs professional evaluation. Colored discharge (yellow, green, tan, brown) often means infection. In sexually active women, STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trichomonas are frequent causes, although gonorrhea and chlamydia are uncommon at your age (30). In any case, see your doctor and take it from there. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am taking MonoNessa birth control but I think I'm still ovulating? I start to discharge abt 2 weeks before period. How is this still happening?

I am taking MonoNessa birth control but I think I'm still ovulating? I start to discharge abt 2 weeks before period. How is this still happening?

Possible but: Unlikely.
this is a 35mcg pill and they usually work fine.
ovulation can happen but is very infrequent.
if you are on constant antibiotics or meds that interfere with the pill it is possible.
if you are very overweight it is possible.
if you vomit a lot it is possible.
generally the pill is reliable in preventing ovulation. ...Read more

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Pharmacy switched my birth control to other brand but said it was the exact same. Brown discharge week before period for several days. Is this normal?

Same generic but...: It may be the same generic formulation, but it may act differently in each person who takes it based upon how much of the active ingredients are changed. ...Read more

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I have been on oral birth control for at least 6 months now. Never missed a pill. Experiencing brown discharge about a week and a half before period.?

I have been on oral birth control for at least 6 months now. Never missed a pill. Experiencing brown discharge about a week and a half before period.?

Breakthrough bleed: The brown discharge is due to breakthrough bleeding that can sometimes occur on the pill. If this persists ask your GYN MD to consider a different pill hormonal formulation. ...Read more

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Brown/pink discharge two weeks before period, no birth control and unprotected sex?

Brown/pink discharge two weeks before period, no birth control and unprotected sex?

Infection testing: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections and hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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I'm on a 3 month cycle birth control pill. Almost done my second 3 month pack. 1 week before period due with brown stringy jelly like discharge?

I'm on a 3 month cycle birth control pill. Almost done my second 3 month pack. 1 week before period due with brown stringy jelly like discharge?

Normal: Sometimes there is a little endometrial tissue that just needs to clear out. We manipulate our normal cycles with hormones (i.e. birth control pills), it is nature saying "I am still in charge". ;) In other words, normal as long as not persistent. ...Read more

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Birth control for 2 months, take correctly everyday, had unprotected sex, before period was brown discharge for a week, then light 2 day period. Pregnant?

Birth control for 2 months, take correctly everyday, had unprotected sex, before period was brown discharge for a week, then light 2 day period. Pregnant?

Pregnancy unlikely: A woman who has taken her birth control pills correctly for 2 months already, is not likely to become pregnant, regardless of what type of sexual activities she is doing. If she worries about pregnancy a lot, she can do a home urine pregnancy test 3 weeks after sex. Tests are cheap to buy, and they are sold in stores everywhere. ...Read more

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Light brown vaginal discharge 1 week before period. On birth control for about a month & 1/2 now. Very light cramping. Help?

Light brown vaginal discharge 1 week before period. On birth control for about a month & 1/2 now. Very light cramping. Help?

Breakthrough bleedin: 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 two weeks before period due. I am on birth control & had sex five days ago & my boyfriend finished in me. Can I be pregnant?

Brown discharge two weeks before period due. I am on birth control & had sex five days ago & my boyfriend finished in me. Can I be pregnant?

Brown discharge: Is usually older, deoxygenated blood from the uterus. The scenario you present is not high risk for pregnancy if you are consistently using your oral contraceptives as directed. If you miss your period would take a home pregnancy test. ...Read more

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On birth control pill yasmin started having clear stringy discharge third day of placebo pill week. Am I ovulating? Waiting for my period to come...

On birth control pill yasmin started having clear stringy discharge third day of placebo pill week. Am I ovulating? Waiting for my period to come...

Normal Don't Worry: Clear stringy attack is nothing to be concerned and it does not mean you are ovulating
Wait for your period to come and continue your yasmine Birth Control Pill ...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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Cramping, discharge, back pain, achy breasts two weeks before period on birth control? I have been on Lo Loestrin for 5 months now.

Cramping, discharge, back pain, achy breasts two weeks before period on birth control? I have been on Lo Loestrin for 5 months now.

See a gynecologist.: Your symptoms indicate that you probably have an infection that we call pelvic inflammatory disease. Sometimes hormonal imbalance can cause these symptoms too. The best thing to do would be to go and see a gynecologist for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Cramping, white odorless discharge, back pain, achy breasts two weeks before period on birth control? I have been on Lo Loestrin for 5 months now.

Cramping, white odorless discharge, back pain, achy breasts two weeks before period on birth control? I have been on Lo Loestrin for 5 months now.

Premenstrual may be?: This could be constellation of premenstruation symptoms talk to your doctor about management, I am available for second opinion if you want to consult me ...Read more

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Is it normal to miss a period on birth control and now have clear discharge?

Is it normal to miss a period on birth control and now have clear discharge?

Oral contraceptive: Even though you are on the pill, it doesn't mean its impossible not to get pregnant. Alway do a pregnancy test to be sure. Hormonal effect on the uterus by the pills can cause those symptoms you are refering. See you obgyn just in case. ...Read more

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Cream discharge before period and watery discharge after period... Been off birth control for 2 months now. Is this all normal?

Cream discharge before period and watery discharge after period... Been off birth control for 2 months now. Is this all normal?

Needs testing: Vaginal discharge requires an examination to determine the cause and treatment. Bacterial vaginosis is the most common cause and often has a vaginal odor. Vaginal itching can be a sign of a yeast infection. Sometimes vaginal discharge can be a sign of a sexual transmitted infection. Testing is important to determine the treatment and keep you and your partner safe. ...Read more

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I've been nauseous and there up once yesterday twice, my periods two weeks late, I've been having clear discharge. I was on birth control 4 months ago?

I've been nauseous and there up once yesterday twice, my periods two weeks late, I've been having clear discharge. I was on birth control 4 months ago?

Take pregnancy test: While your symptoms may NOT be due to being pregnant, it is the quickest/easiest thing to be able to exclude, right? Based upon your question, I cannot understand whether you WERE on the pill 4 months ago, or still ARE on the pill. But even if you are, there is still a chance that you are pregnant. Please do a home pregnancy test. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I have been on birth control since 2014. I am late for my period and my vag. Discharge is yellow/clear w/ lots of it. What does this mean?

I have been on birth control since 2014. I am late for my period and my vag. Discharge is yellow/clear w/ lots of it. What does this mean?

See belo: This can be normal, but of more concern because you have been on bcp for 2 yrs. Did you miss any? -that can do it. Are you pregnant? --can happen even on bcps. ...Read more

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I have been on birth control since 2014. I am late for my period and my vag. Discharge is yellow/clear w/ lots of it. What does this mean?

Depends: If you had sex since your last period, it would be prudent to to do a pregnancy test. If the result is negative repeat the test 4-5 days later unless you get a period by then. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions for the test carefully.
If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I am on the fourth day of inactive pill on my birth control, I have never miss a pill, clear discharge but no period?

I am on the fourth day of inactive pill on my birth control, I have never miss a pill, clear discharge but no period?

May be normal: Sometimes you will not have a period during the inactive pills, especially if you just started on the pill recently. If your period does not start at all in the next week, see your doctor. The clear discharge can be normal. Good luck! ...Read more

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Brown membrane discharge and cramps 4-5 days before period, on aviane birth control. Normal?

Brown membrane discharge and cramps 4-5 days before period, on aviane birth control. Normal?

This can be common: It can be common to have some cramping before a period and that can be helped by advil or aleve (naproxen). Mild spotting before a menses can be normal also leading into a menses. If it becomes accessive and during multiple months you can consider switching birth control pills. ...Read more

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I had unprotected sex w/ boyfriend 1week ago. 1week before period, now hve pink->brown discharge. I am on birth control pill (3 years). Plz help?

I had unprotected sex w/ boyfriend 1week ago. 1week before period, now hve pink->brown discharge. I am on birth control pill (3 years). Plz help?

Pill+unprotected sex: If you were using the pill everyday then "unprotected sex" is contradictory. So get a pregnancy test and use it to clear up the conundrum. ...Read more

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Five days before period had dark stringy discharge. Light brown discharge when wipe. On birth control. Just had bacterial infect. Treated. Rephresh pil?

Five days before period had dark stringy discharge. Light brown discharge when wipe. On birth control. Just had bacterial infect. Treated. Rephresh pil?

Brown = old blood: 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. Rephresh is fine to use ...Read more

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