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can pills make the bleeding shorter and brown like that?

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I am on birth control pills and just finished my 3rd pack of pills. During the first two pill free weeks, the bleeding was very much like my regular periods. However, during this third pill free week - it is just brown (like it used to be during the very end of normal periods). On the first day, it was just spotting, on the second day it was more of it - I used a tampon and now it's the third day and I haven't had any yet.
It makes me worried since I don't know if it is normal. I know that pills can make the bleeding shorter and lighter but can it really be brown like that?
I haven't missed or skipped pills, nor used antibiotics or vomited or had diarrhea.


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replied February 4th, 2012
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Hormonal birth control pill use can at times make you have shorter and lighter bleeding/periods, or altered periods/bleeding. If you have been regular in taking your birth control pills at scheduled time and have not missed taking any active pill, then you should remain protected. Look out for development of any other symptoms. Other possibilities include infective cause, endometritis, anemia, old blood etc. Observe your menstrual cycles for 2-3 cycles and report to your doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation and assistance, if they are changed or abnormal, or if you develop any other new symptoms. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle.
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