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Irregular brown discharge while on the pill = possible pregnancy??

By January 14, 2018 - 6:48am
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I've been on the Pill since early 2016, and I always take it regularly and on time. I use Gynera, which is a combination pill with 21 in a pack. Normally I prefer to take the 21 pills and then take the one week break, which results in having a 'period', and then starting the next pack afterwards.
However I took the three pill packs consecutively and I last had a period in early to mid November. I was finishing my semester at university and I didn't want the hassle of periods, so I chose to not take a break in between packs.

I had sex with my boyfriend on New Year's Eve/early New Year's Day (Jan 1), I was on day 8 of the pill pack at the time. We used condoms and he came once, but he pulled out just before. I just finished the same pack and I want to take the week break, so I'm expecting my period on Tuesday coming.

However last night when I went to the bathroom, I found a dark brown discharge in my panties, which seems like 'old blood' at the end of a period. It wasn't a lot, but it was very noticeable, especially when I kept wiping. However I haven't had a period in months, so I don't know what could've caused this. I've never had irregular bleeding or spotting while on the Pill, and my periods have always come on time.

I'm scared now that this discharge could be a sign of implantation bleeding or something, meaning that i'm pregnant??
I'm expecting my period on Tuesday but I know that I'm going to be sick with worry between now and then. Could I have gotten pregnant?

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Hello, cb93. Thank you for your message today.

If you take your pills regularly, as prescribed, there is about a 1% chance of pregnancy, with full intercourse, so the risk is very small.  Brown discharge before or after a period can be normal. If it's it accompanied by a foul odor, pain or itching, see your doctor as it could be a sign of infection. Otherwise, I would not be concerned about the discharge.


January 14, 2018 - 7:59am
(reply to Helena)

Hi Helena, thanks for answering.

No, no pain or discomfort, and i haven't seen any more of the discharge since. but I got very worried as i'm not used to any irregular bleeding or spotting.

What exactly do you mean by full intercourse? we had intercourse with condoms and pulling out, plus I'm on the pill. what would the risk percentage be in that scenario?

Sorry for the many questions

January 14, 2018 - 9:04am
Guide (reply to cb93)


Full intercourse meaning - no condom, no pulling out. The pill is 99.9% effective when taken regularly, as prescribed.


January 14, 2018 - 9:26am
(reply to Helena)

Okay, so i should definitely be well protected in this case then?
please confirm, i'm very worried.

January 14, 2018 - 11:29am
Guide (reply to cb93)

Hi again.

Only you would know this. You are the person taking the pills each day. I have answered your questions as clearly as I can. Call your doctor for an explanation of how your birth control works.


January 14, 2018 - 12:47pm
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