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Brown Spotting Before Period, On BC...Pregnant?

By July 29, 2013 - 2:25pm
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I am almost 20 years old so a baby would not be ideal right now. I cannot get myself to keep calm about this. On June 1st (about 8 weeks ago) was the last time I had sex. It was using the pull out method, and the day after the sex I missed two pills. Once I realized what I had done, I made up the pills appropriately. The insert in my pill pack (I am on Junel FE by the way), said to use a backup method for the next 7 days. Well, I didn't even have sex the next 7 days. As a matter of fact, I haven't had sex since the unprotected sex. However, I know what can happen with unprotected sex and missed pills so I have been taking prego tests like it's my job.

I am on my 2nd pack of pills since the unprotected sex. My period last month was lighter than normal (bright red blood, lasting about 1 day with no cramping) and had about a week and a half of brown discharge leading up to it. Of course I googled my symptoms and found that a light period could mean pregnancy. I thought that the brown spotting may have been implantation spotting, but the time from when I had sex to when the spotting began just doesn't add up.

I have taken 5 pregnancy tests since the unprotected sex, my most recent one was a little over a week ago (if i were pregnant, I would have been about 6 weeks pregnant when I took this test). It was a clearblue digital, and it said "Not Pregnant". The other tests were First Response, all four of them negative. Both the ClearBlue and the First Response tests were early detection ones.

SO here I am on my second pack of pills since the unprotected sex, 4 pills away from my placebo (inactive) pills, and I started brown spotting again. It has gone away for now, but I am so frustrated and confused as to what this is!! I have one ClearBlue digital test left, but I don't know if I want to take it yet.

Does this sound like pregnancy or just pill side effects? I've been on the pill for about 1 and a half years.

The reason I am still considering pregnancy is because I have seen so many forums talking about how their home pregnancy tests didn't test positive until (insert insane time frame here...8 weeks...4 months...)

FREAKING OUT. Please help and give me some insight :/

Side note... since the missed pills I have been taking my pills like clockwork. Never missed one, always on time.

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Hello C4521,

The lighter than normal period which you had last month was probably due to the hormonal imbalance caused by missing two birth control pills and doubling a dose to make up for this.

If you were pregnant, you should have had a positive pregnancy test by now. The cells that form the placenta produce a hormone called hCG. This hormone is produced only during pregnancy. Levels can be detected in urine about 12 to 14 days following conception. In general the hCG levels will double every 72 hours. The level will reach its peak in the first 8 – 11 weeks of pregnancy and then will decline and level off for the remainder of the pregnancy.

You can wait and see if you get a normal period this month. Or you can schedule an appointment with your gynecologist now. Explain what has happened. Your physician may order blood tests to check hormone levels to determine the cause of your irregular period.

All the best,


July 29, 2013 - 4:53pm
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