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Why is discharge so thick and white and stinky when on birth control?

Why is discharge so thick and white and stinky when on birth control?

Usually it isn't: It is not unusual to see a change in your discharge with hormonal changes, like pregnancy or being on the birth control pill. However, usually it doesn't give a foul odor. That usually indicates infection. You should see a doctor. ...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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I'm having a clear thick jelly like discharge not itchy or smelly. I'm on birth control. What could this be?

I'm having a clear thick jelly like discharge not itchy or smelly. I'm on birth control. What could this be?

Probably normal: It is normal secretions from the glands in cervix and vagina, that can be jelly like and gets expelled from vagina sometimes. ...Read more

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White thick clear jelly discharge on birth control, first month what could it be?

White thick clear jelly discharge on birth control, first month what could it be?

Cervical mucous: This is considered normal sexual mucous secretion; however, if you have had unprotected sexual penetration, get an STD screen. I am confused since you are listed as a male? ...Read more

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I just recently started using the birth control method nuvaring and my discharge has become very thick an there is a lot of it, is this normal?

I just recently started using the birth control method nuvaring and my discharge has become very thick an there is a lot of it, is this normal?

Maybe: Sometimes starting hormonal contraception with cause an increase in vaginal discharge. If you have other associated symptoms such as foul odor or itching, see your doctor to rule out infection. ...Read more

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On birth control and have a clear thick and stretchy discharge streaked with white? Does this mean that my birth control isn't working? Ovulation?

On birth control and have a clear thick and stretchy discharge streaked with white? Does this mean that my birth control isn't working? Ovulation?

It's working: As long as you're taking your birth control pills correctly, then you should assume it's working. Your discharge can change even on birth control pills. And even if you ovulate, the birth control pills work in other ways. They can also thicken the cervical mucus and prevent sperm from penetrating. Having said that, every method has a small failure rate. ...Read more

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I am on implanon birth control. I am having thick, clumpy dry cordlike brownish discharge what could that mean?

I am on implanon birth control. I am having thick, clumpy dry cordlike brownish discharge what could that mean?

Need to see a MD: Does not sound like normal side effects. Side effects caused by Implanon are similar to other hormonal birth control methods such as combined oral contraceptive pills, according to the manufacturer, irregular periods or prolonged bleeding, headaches, acne, weight gain and abdominal pain were among the most commonly reported side effects in clinical trials. I would see your ob/gyn. ...Read more

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Why do I have light pink very thick vaginal discharge? It is odorless & clumpy texture. Been having for the past month & started birth control also

Why do I have light pink very thick vaginal discharge? It is odorless & clumpy texture. Been having for the past month & started birth control also

Get tested: 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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Thick, dark brown mousse consistency like vaginal discharge. I need to know what it is and what's causing it. I've been on birth control for 2 months.

Thick, dark brown mousse consistency like vaginal discharge. I need to know what it is and what's causing it. I've been on birth control for 2 months.

Anovulation: It sounds as if you're experiencing anovulatory cycles. These are cycles in which the ovary fails to release an egg. This disrupts hormonal levels and makes the cycle abnormal. ...Read more

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I have thick slightly yellowish chunky discharge. I have been on combination birth control pill for 3 months now.

Thick white: Discharge generally suggests infection, such as with yeast or bacterial. You can get thick cervical mucus from pregnancy close to term, but you would know the difference. Please see a healthcare provider for proper examination and diagnosis. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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Been on birth control 2 months. Been spotting black/brown thick discharge/blood for two weeks now. What is this and how can I make it stop?

Been on birth control 2 months. Been spotting black/brown thick discharge/blood for two weeks now. What is this and how can I make it stop?

Ocp: The first few month after starting any birth control method you can see those symptoms. With time they will go away as long as you are taking the medication as precribed and don't miss any doses. If symptoms persists after 3 to 4 months consider an alternative to an either lower or higher dosage of medication or a different one altogether. ...Read more

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Been having thick brown discharge for two days, no blood and I'm on birth control pill?

Been having thick brown discharge for two days, no blood and I'm on birth control pill?

Many possible causes: Many things can cause spotting, bleeding, brown discharge (all indicate some bleeding)-- polyps, fibroids, pregnancy or missed pills. If it persists, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Brown, thick discharge for 3 days. Heavy at times & light at times. It came at the time of my period. On birth control. Was that my period?

Periods can be light: Your periods may be very light or even not present at all when on combined birth control pills with estrogen and progesterone. This type of spotting in place of a period is not unusual as long as there have been no missed pills. ...Read more

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Been on birth control for the past month and today I started having brown thick discharge and a streak of red when I go to the bathroom, pregnant?

Been on birth control for the past month and today I started having brown thick discharge and a streak of red when I go to the bathroom, pregnant?

Vaginal discharge: It all depends on when you started the birth control pills. If you just started it a month ago then it may be a normal flow. If you started 2 weeks ago it could be breakthrough bleeding. If you have been on it for several months and you missed a flow and it is not time for your flow then it could be tissue from the pregnancy. Without more information I cannot tell for sure. ...Read more

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I have thick, lumpy whitish discharge. I'm on birth control and am on my placebo week so I should be getting a period. I'm about 3 days late.

Yeast infection?: A thick, lumpy white discharge can be a yeast infection. If you are late on your period, consider doing a pregnancy test to make sure you aren't pregnant. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Since starting birth control I've had thick black to brown discharge before and after my period... What is this? What causes it? How can I stop it?

Since starting birth control I've had thick black to brown discharge before and after my period... What is this? What causes it? How can I stop it?

May be normal: Many women experience abnormal bleeding during the 1st several months after starting an oral contraceptive. Make sure you take your pill at the same time every day. If the bleeding persists after 3 packs, see your gyn, as you may need to change to a different pill, or an alternative type of contraception. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I'm on birth control &for the past 2 months, I've been having thick brown discharge a couple days before my period. Is this something to worry about?

I'm on birth control &for the past 2 months, I've been having thick brown discharge a couple days before my period. Is this something to worry about?

Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very normal on birth control. Its no big deal and usually self corrects over time. If it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method and scheduling a visit for an exam and testing. It's annoying but does not mean your birth control is not working. ...Read more

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Took plan B while on birth control, normal period a day after it was expected, 11 days later I had thick brown discharge at night now pink, worried?

I'm confused: Perhaps you are too. Why would you need plan B while on birth control? Also, having a normal period only a day late is not reason for concern. The discharge is approximately at the time you'd ovulate and brown is common at your most fertile time - so is pink spotting. What are you worried about? See your provider, have an exam and ask for lots of info. Learn as much as you can about reproduction ...Read more

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I have pcos- on birth control. I had this like thick stringy discharge the other day and I'm not quite sure what's wrong. I missed one day this month.

I have pcos- on birth control. I had this like thick stringy discharge the other day and I'm not quite sure what's wrong. I missed one day this month.

Thick discharge: Birth control pills make mucus thicker to help prevent sperm penetration. If the discharge itches, burns, or has an odor, see your gyn as you may have an infection. ...Read more

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Which birth control method has a lower chance of Brown thick discharge, dr said it was normal with Depo I want off! So Mirena (levonorgestrel) or Nexplanon?!

Which birth control method has a lower chance of Brown thick discharge, dr said it was normal with Depo I want off! So Mirena (levonorgestrel) or Nexplanon?!

Six of one: Half dozen of another. These are all basically the same medicine in different delivery systems. Depo you get a shot every three months. Nexplanon is implanted in your arm and is approved for three years. Mirena (levonorgestrel) is placed in your Uterus and is approved for 5 years. They all have the same bleeding profile so you are just as likely to have the same discharge with all of them. ...Read more

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I still have vaginal discharge I'm not on my period it is thick and cheese looking but I am also on birth control.

I still have vaginal discharge I'm not on my period it is thick and cheese looking but I am also on birth control.

Yeast infection.: Please see your OB/Gyn doctor to have a vaginal exam to make sure it is or is not an infection. Yeast infection tends to itch. ...Read more

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On birth control pill. Had a little thick, white discharge. Does this mean I'm pregnant? Never missed a pill for five months.

On birth control pill. Had a little thick, white discharge. Does this mean I'm pregnant? Never missed a pill for five months.

Pamela964's?: Those symptoms alone do not make pregnancy likely. If you still have periods with your birth control, a missed period with breast tenderness or nausea may be suspicious for pregnancy. Over the counter pregnancy kits are very accurate if done according to the instructions and best with the first urination in the morning. Those symptoms may indicate infection and if it persists, testing is needed. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

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Birth Control (Definition)

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