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on Birth Control pills but this month I didn't get my period

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I'm 19 and I've been on Birth Control pills for about a year and a half. My period on the pill varies, sometimes really light, sometimes heavy, but this month I didn't get my period--instead, I just had brown discharge. I take my pills generally around the same time every day, I haven't missed any, but my boyfriend and I had sex several times where he pulled out instead of using a condom. My period was supposed to start Sunday, and on Friday I took a pregnancy test and it came out negative. What's the deal?

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replied November 21st, 2011
Birth Control Answer A28761
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Sometimes you can experience 1-2 missed periods/light periods while being on prolonged use of hormonal birth control pills. The brown discharge that you describe could be suggestive of vaginal infections, cervical dysplasia/erosion, hormonal imbalances, hormonal contraceptive use, pregnancy etc. The exact cause can only be made out after careful evaluation. Visit your doctor/gynecologist for further examination and investigations to look for the underlying cause. Treatment as appropriate (based on the examination findings and investigation results) would be started to help you to regulate periods. If infective cause is detected, get your partner also treated simultaneously to prevent chances of re-infection. Avoid vaginal douching, use of harsh soap or perfumes in the area. Use loose cotton undergarments and avoid use of tight fitting clothes. Consider being in regular follow-up and monitoring of your treating gynecologist and report any abnormal/new symptoms immediately. Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle.
Take care.

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