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Brown discharge a week before period

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I'm 25 years old and For the past 4 days I've had a brown/pink discharge/spotting on and off with some mild cramps. I'm on the pill and my period isn't due until next week. I've never had this before and I've been taking microgynon 30 for about 6 years.
I did miss a pill on my first week and I haven't been taking it every 24 hours (I always take it before bed but sometimes that time of night varies).

Is it likely this is just a hormone imbalance due to the missed pill? Or should I take a pregnancy test? (I think it might still be too early to test just now)
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replied November 19th, 2012
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The spotting that you describe could suggest hormonal imbalance, breakthrough bleeding, implantation bleeding/pregnancy etc. The effective protection from the birth control pills will not be present, and you can be at risk for pregnancy with unprotected sexual contact/intercourse, if you have messed up your regular birth control pill intake, or have missed taking 2 or more than 2 active pills, or taken them late by more than 2-3 hours on 2 or more than 2 occasions. Wait and watch for your next periods/withdrawal bleeding. Look out for development of any other new symptoms if pregnancy is suspected. If periods do not start within 10 days of expected period dates, or if you get abnormal periods, or if you suspect chances of pregnancy, consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for thorough examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet. Stop the use of hormonal contraceptive if pregnancy is suspected, or if pregnancy gets confirmed.
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