Hello,

I take hormonal BC and usually have periods during the week when I take the inactive pills. The periods usually last 5-7 days and are not very heavy or very light (just "normal"). This month during my week of inactive pills (may 30- june 5) instead of having a period with a flowing reddish blood/mucous consistency, what came out of me was very dark brown, very dry and stringy. The discharge reminded me somewhat of clots I've had in the past, except I've never experienced anything so stringy, dry and dark. The discharge was also very light insofar as what actually came out of me. I would notice it when I would wipe myself after urination and there were very few faint brown marks in my underwear at the end of the day. From May 21-May 30 I had sex with my fiance almost every day (this was during the last week of active pills) and the only type of protection we used was my hormonal BC. My mom told me that such discharge could be a sign of ovulation, but I have doubts that I would ovulate during a time when I'm supposed to have a period. I've read online that my symptom could be indicative of pregnancy. I'm also prone to having irregular periods (one of the many reasons I take hormonal BC). If I were to take a pregnancy test now, would I see an accurate result? Or should I wait an additional month to see if I miss another period?
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replied June 10th, 2013
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I wouldn't hesitate to take an OTC pregnancy test - false positives are unusual, and you can try again next month. Try submitting this question to eHealthForum's Ask A Doctor Network, and definitely check with your gyno. Good luck!
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