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I started birth control about 2 months ago (I am almost done my second pack) so I hope this has something to do with my problem. I am supposed to get my period soon, but recently, when I wipe myself, there are dark chunks on the toilet paper--like a brown/red color. However, 3 days ago I started taking Metronidazole Vaginal Gel because I suspected I had a UTI. I have had one before and the symptoms were the same and I had one a refill on this gel prescription left, so I figured I'd just take it. But I'm worried, I've never seen these chunks before!


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replied June 3rd, 2011
Vaginal and Uterus Health Answer A23664
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
Having occasional chunks/tissues in menstrual bleeding is considered to be normal. These consist of the endometrial tissues being sloughed off from the uterus coming out with bleeding. The dark bleeding could also be indicative of breakthrough bleeding (a common side effect of hormonal birth control use). Consider visiting your gynecologist for thorough examination, urine test and tests done on the discharge to rule out chances of infection. Get started on treatment as indicated. If you are sexually active, get your partner also treated simultaneously to prevent chances of re-infection. Drink plenty of water. Avoid vaginal douching, use of harsh soap or perfumes in the area. Use loose cotton undergarments and avoid tight fitting clothes. Avoid having unprotected intercourse while both of you are on treatment course.
Take care.



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