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BROWN SPOTTING BEFORE NORMAL PERIOD

By Anonymous October 31, 2014 - 10:25am
 
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I HAVE HAD BROWN SPOTTING 1 WEEK BEFORE MY PERIOD FOR AWHILE NOW. THIS IS MY FIRST MONTH OF TRYING TO FIX THE PROBLEM WITH BIRTH CONTROL . MY PERIOD STARTED RIGHT WHEN BIRTH CONTROL TOLD IT TO ON DAY 28 HOWEVER I STILL HAVE THE BROWN SPOTTING FOR 8 DAYS BEFORE MY PERIOD (BC HAD 0 EFFECT ON IT). PAP AND PHYISICAL EXAM FROM GYNO CAME BACK NORMAL. IS THIS SOMETHING BIRTH CONTROL WILL TAKE A WHILE TO FIX OR COULD IT BE SOMETHING LIKE LOW PROGESTORONE? IT ALWAYS OCCURS ABOUT 7 DAYS BEFORE PERIOD. JUST SEEMS ODD THAT THE PERIOD WOULD BE RESPONSIVE TO THE BIRTH CONTROL BUT THE BROWN SPOTTING NOT AT ALL?

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Hi,
Thanks for your response. I am in my early 30s and have always had very normal periods. This brown discharge is very heavy and last 1 week bfore my normal 7 day period. This has been the past year. No pain etc...just hormonal. In the end, I feel like i have 2 week long periods. My doctor feels like it's hormonal and put me on this pill but like I said the pill has done nothing for the spotting. i honestly think I am having a problem with progesterone. I was curious if anyone else thought so as well. The brown spotting occurs right hwen my progesterone should be highest.

October 31, 2014 - 1:05pm
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Hi Anon,

Thank you for choosing the EmpowHER community and for sharing your question!

I am glad that your pap smear and exam came back normal-but have you asked your doctor this same question? What does he or she say about the spotting? There are so many different brands of birth control and they all have very specific ingredients. Your doctor should be able to discuss the options with you to make sure you are on the right one.

I would give him or her a call. In the meantime, not all cases of brown vaginal discharge are cause for concern. Brown vaginal discharge is sometimes can be cause from old endometrial tissues.  Once you start puberty a white and/or clear discharge is normal. The vagina is self-cleaning. This same discharge increases the closer you get to ovulation and when you are sexually aroused. You can have this normal discharge for weeks, months or even years before getting your first period. It will also continue after you get your period. Sometimes you can have few times brown discharge before your first period.  Some of the other causes for brown discharge can also be Pelvic Inflammatory Disease(PID), sexually transmitted diseases (gonorrhea, Chlamydia or genital warts) or cervical cancer.  

Anon, since your exam results were normal, I am sure it's something simple enough as your doctor prescribing a different medication.

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Kristin


October 31, 2014 - 12:57pm
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