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Been off birth control for 6 months. Causing brown discharge now that I've resumed. Right before that, I had white clumpy discharge. Possible causes?

Been off birth control for 6 months. Causing brown discharge now that I've resumed. Right before that, I had white clumpy discharge. Possible causes?

Several things: A white clumpy discharge can be normal vaginal secretions or, especially if associated with itching, a yeast infection, or,with a foul odor, bacterial vaginosis. Since you have been off the pill and are restarting, some break through bleeding withe the first package is quite common and should be better with the second and gone with the third.This bleeding can be brown spotting. Hope this helps. ...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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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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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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How come i get dark brown discharge while on birth control?

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

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 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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I'm having dark brown discharge and am in the middle of my cycle. Also on birth control. Please help.

I'm having dark brown discharge and am in the middle of my cycle. Also on birth control. Please help.

May be normal: Menstrual blood is composed of blood and sloughed tissue. It can be red, light brown, or dark brown. It can be thin or clotty. These can be normal variations. However if associated with itching, burning, fever, odor, abdominal pain or other concerns, then see a gynecologist or doctor for further evaluation ...Read more

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I missed my birth control yesterday and i took two pills today but I am getting a brown discharge. Help?

From missing pill: When you miss a bc pill you can get break through bleeding or a brown blood discharge. Keep taking your pills on schedule. You will want to use condoms as a back up measure to prevent pregnancy to be on the safe side. ...Read more

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I started birth control on the 11th of January. Today, I'm experiencing a brown discharge. Is that normal when taking the pill?

I started birth control on the 11th of January. Today, I'm experiencing a brown discharge. Is that normal when taking the pill?

It can be normal: It can be normal if you are on low dose pill. If it continues after 2-3 cycles - you can ask your Gyn to change the dose. Spotting can also happen if you miss pills. Try to stick to same time everyday for taking pill. Also if you are started on OCP because of irregular periods, it might take 2-3 cycles to regulate. ...Read more

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For the past 3 nights I have had a slight, brown discharge when I wipe. What could this mean? According to the birth control I am not late.

For the past 3 nights I have had a slight, brown discharge when I wipe. What could this mean? According to the birth control I am not late.

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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Have been taking new birth control lutera for a month and now have a lot of dark brown discharge. Is this normal and how long does it last?

side effect of the : Drug . This drug has so many side effects listed that perhaps you should get placed on a different one. Check with your physician. ...Read more

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I'm on birth control amd missed a pill about 3 weeks ago and have had a brown discharge ever since and i'm starting to worry. Is this normal?

I'm on birth control amd missed a pill about 3 weeks ago and have had a brown discharge ever since and i'm starting to worry. Is this normal?

No: It's not unusual to have some spotting if you miss a pill but it doesn't normally last for 3 weeks. Call your clinic. Sometimes abnormal discharge is related to infection or pregnancy. ...Read more

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Concerned about a chocolate brown discharge I have been having the past two weeks. I am on birth control but don't miss a pill. What could it be?

Concerned about a chocolate brown discharge I have been having the past two weeks. I am on birth control but don't miss a pill. What could it be?

Depends: Discharge in a woman can be abnormal, normal, or transitional. It all depends on your history. It may be important for you to see a provider to be sure. They may be able to run tests on the discharge and obtain a complete history. Some common causes of discharge can be yeast, bacterial vaginosis or stds. ...Read more

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I am wondering what is the brown discharge I am having, I am on birth control, zovia 1/35 it has been going on since thursday and its tuesday now.

I am wondering what is the brown discharge I am having, I am on birth control,  zovia 1/35 it has been going on since thursday and its tuesday now.

BTB: Oral contraceptives tend to have a thinning effect on the lining of the uterus (endometrium). If the lining becomes too thin, it becomes fragile and small areas may break down causing either bleeding or brown spotting (btb). Of course, noncompliance (skipping or consistently taking them later) can cause premature breakdown and bleeding or failure. See gyn if problem persists. ...Read more

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Brown discharge since starting new pack, 10th day of new pack now- hasn't stopped. never happened before. been on this birth control for years. worry?

Brown discharge since starting new pack, 10th day of new pack now- hasn't stopped. never happened before. been on this birth control for years. worry?

Probably not: Sometimes pill formulations do not agree with your body's response to them. If you are taking your pill regularly everyday at the same time, there is probably no need to worry. If you are still concerned about pregnancy use a "back up" method of contraception. ...Read more

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having brown discharge for over a week and im 3days late. I'm on birth control. And I'm having brown looks like clots and tissue. but not my normal.

 having brown discharge for over a week and im 3days late.  I'm on birth control. And I'm having brown looks like clots and tissue. but not my normal.

Irregular bleeding: 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 & 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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Birth Control (Definition)

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