About two weeks ago I noticed brown discharge. There has been dark brown stringy like stuff mixed in. Some days the discharge is pink and some days there is a blood. But mainly brown discharge and spotting. I'm on birth control and have been for 6 years. I'm on the extended pill so seeing stuff like this is not normal for me. I also have pelvic pain near my ovaries that I've had for almost a year. It has gotten worse recently. Could this just be hormones or possibly due to the pain?
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replied March 1st, 2017
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It may be time to see your doctor.

The more common side effect from these extended cycle pills is breakthrough bleeding. It may be just that. It can happen at any time, even after a few years, or when you are late with a pill or missed one.

But it is better to have a checkup to make sure.
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replied August 2nd, 2019
Hello and welcome to EHF !


I went through your query and i understand your concern.This type of discharge is due to many reasons. But in your case, it is as Starting or switching hormonalbirth control methods can cause discharge to be red, pink, or brown. Any hormonal birth control can create a hormonal imbalance, which can lead to breakthrough bleeding.
Breakthrough bleeding is more likely to occur when a person:
1). misses a pill or forgets to change their birth control patch or ring
2). takes the pill continuously or uses an extended-cycle brand that only gives them one period every 3 months
3) uses an intrauterine device (IUD)
Also pain associated with it may be because of some superimposed infection
So it's better to seek medical attention for workup and good results.



Take care
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