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brown discharge

By Anonymous October 24, 2014 - 6:50pm
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I am supposed to get my period on the 26th of October, but began having brown discharge the 23rd and some cramping. I'm worried because I have been taking birth control as well, so I don't understand what this all means.

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Hello Anon,

Thank you for reaching out to EmpowHER with your question! Periods can be very abnormal at times, which can cause confusion. However, for many women, spotting or brown discharge is normal. Even though it sounds like this is the first time you have experienced this, it is a common occurrence and doesn't necessarily stand as a sign of pregnancy.

Oftentimes, spotting can occur as your period approaches. Like you said, you are expecting your period in the next few days, so the spotting may be a precursor to your actual menstrual cycle.

Sometimes brown discharge can be an early sign of pregnancy, but if you are sexually active and using birth control you should be fine. I would keep an eye out on what happens the next few days until your period arrives. Take notice of anything that might seem abnormal outside of your brown discharge.

I hope this helped! Please let me know if you have further questions.


October 24, 2014 - 10:20pm
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