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Brown discharge before + after period on birth control.

Last month about a week and a half before my period i started seeing dark brown discharge.

I did miss a couple birth control pills in my pack (alesse) that month so I was worried it might be pregnancy. However, I got my period on time but the brown discharge continued after my period ended and it is now 3 weeks after and i'm still getting the thick brown discharge everyday.

I've read that missing birth control can do this and was wondering if that could be the cause? If so, how long until this usually clears up? OR any other ideas on what it could be?

This month I have not missed a pill.
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replied September 17th, 2011
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
If you have missed taking 2 or more than 2 active pills in the birth control pill pack, chances of pregnancy cannot be ruled out as you do not remain protected. The brown discharge could be due to pregnancy, infections, breakthrough bleeding etc. If pregnancy is suspected, look out for development of any other new symptoms and consider visiting your gynecologist for thorough examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately).
If pregnancy gets ruled out, go ahead with further evaluation to rule out infective causes, hormonal derangements etc as cause for the abnormal bleeding. Treatment as appropriate would be started to help you based on examination findings and investigation results. Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle. Avoid vaginal douching, use of harsh soap or perfumes in the area. Use loose cotton undergarments and avoid tight fitting clothes. If you are sexually active and if infective cause is detected, get your partner also treated simultaneously to prevent re-infection.
Take care.



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