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Bloody discharges during pregnancy and hormonal imbalances

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hi i had a baby in january and got implanon inserted on 23rd october. last time i was pregnant i got a brown discharge instead of a period. now im getting it again instead of a period. but i have the contraceptive implant inserted so how can i be pregnant again. i keep getting it instead of a perid and im starting to worry about it

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replied November 23rd, 2009
Birth Control Answer A7972
The brown discharge you reported is neither a real period nor should be expected in pregnancy. As a matter of fact, no bloody discharge should occur in pregnancy, although it is sometimes seen in women in the first months of pregnancy. Then, it is usually due to hormonal changes that do not correlate with pregnancy completely.

Those same changes in the hormonal production pattern might be found outside of pregnancy. Other conditions like cervical polyps or uterine fibroids might cause the bleeding and the discharge.

If the bleeding is related to pregnancy, it is obligatory to visit a gynecologist as soon as possible to prevent an abortion. The gynecologist would perform a physical examination, hormonal laboratory tests and perhaps an ultrasound scan to try to determine other causes for the discharge if pregnancy is ruled out.

A hormonal imbalance causing a blood discharge is a common side-effect in the first months when a woman starts taking hormonal birth control products.

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