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What causes brown vaginal discharge after menstruation while on BC?

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Posted on Fri, 27 May 2016
Question: Hi I have been having some brown discharge after my period for about a week now, i am also taking birth control could that be the cause? I also found something in vagina, I dont know if it is suppose to be there, I will upload a picture
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Answered by Dr. Manisha Jain (46 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
urine pregnancy test advised

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome to HCM. THANKS for writing in to us. I have gone through your query and understand your concerns.
I have seen the pictures and there is nothing to worry.
But this continued discharge despite of birth control is not good.
Do a urine pregnancy test in case there is a history of unprotected intercourse and let me know the result.
Waiting for your response.
Regards
Dr Manisha
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Follow up: Dr. Manisha Jain (8 minutes later)
Okay thank you, I will get a pregnancy test, I just start taking birth control about a week and a few days ago I thought that since im taking it, my boyfriend and I wouldnt have to use condoms.

If the pregnancy test comes back negative , what else could the brown discharge mean

The pregnancy test came back negative
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Answered by Dr. Manisha Jain (15 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Nothing to worry now

Detailed Answer:
Good the test is negative so nothing to worry as brown discharge is common in some cycles due to incomplete shedding if endometrium but in case it recurs in subsequent cycles then get a transvaginal ultrasound done to rule out certain problems like endometrial polyp or ovarian cyst.
No need to use condoms now if you are taking all your pills well in time without missing any of them.
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What causes brown vaginal discharge after menstruation while on BC?

Brief Answer: urine pregnancy test advised Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome to HCM. THANKS for writing in to us. I have gone through your query and understand your concerns. I have seen the pictures and there is nothing to worry. But this continued discharge despite of birth control is not good. Do a urine pregnancy test in case there is a history of unprotected intercourse and let me know the result. Waiting for your response. Regards Dr Manisha