I am 23 yrs old and have been on birth control since i was 16. I got my period like normal and get it for 3-4 days but I have been having a brown discharge for a week and just the past few days it has gotten a little heavier and redder in color. This means I have had my period for 2 weeks now and this has never happened to me! I was 2-3 days late on my pill but I have done that once before in the past and this never happened to me. Could anyone tell me any possibilites as to what might be wrong? My boyfriend and I ALWAYS wear condoms and we did not have sex until 4-5 days after I did take my pill. Any help please?
Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out. Your concern is regarding the excessive menstrual bleeding that you had. It could be due to several causes. Firstly, it can be due to a miscarriage although you had protected intercourse prior to that . However, you have missed a few doses of the contraceptive pills which can result in pregnancy as a small break in the condom can occur during the sexual intercourse.
However to differentiate this menstrual bleeding from a miscarriage, I would suggest you to do a urine for pregnancy test or get your serum HCG levels estimated. The HCG (it is a hormone) levels rise only in pregnancy and its levels are raised even for a few days after a miscarriage. So HCG presence will confirm the status of your pregnancy. Once the status of pregnancy is clear then we can think about other possibilities.
Other causes which need to be looked into are stress and anxiety, fluctuation in hormone levels, hypothyroidism & fibroid in the uterus. It could also be due to a genital infection or cervical polyps. For that you need to consult a gynecologist.
It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.
"Ask a Doctor" questions are answered by certified physicians and other medical professionals.
For more information about experts participating in the "Ask a Doctor" Network, please visit our
medical experts page.
You may also visit our Menstruation , for moderated patient to patient support and information.
The information provided on eHealth Forum is designed to improve, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own physician.
Personal consultation(s) with a qualified medical professional is the proper means for diagnosing any medical condition.