Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties
152 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

Dr. Andrew Rynne
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM BlogQuestions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction

Does Brown Thick Menstrual Discharge Indicate Pregnancy?

hi, I have been on the birth control pill now for about four years and i have had regular periods since then. This month my period was on time, but instead of bright red blood I had light brown thick stringy discharge and it lasted for about four days. My partner and I are sexually active and usually use a spermicide condom as well as me taking the pill, which I take at the same time every night. There have been a few times where we did not use a condom though. Is this type of period normal or could i be pregnant?
Wed, 7 Dec 2022
Report Abuse
General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hello,

You have been on birth control pills but your period was not bright red but brown thick stringy discharge. Old deoxygenated blood is brown in color. Brown color may be also indicative of old blood in the vaginal secretions. If you have been taking the birth control pills as instructed without missing it then you shouldn't be pregnant. In case you develop early pregnancy like symptoms then you should get pregnancy test done with your first, morning, mid-stream urine to stay on the safer side.

Other medical conditions that can cause similar symptoms are ectopic pregnancy, implantation, PID / PCOS, miscarriage (its accompanied with abdominal cramps), hormonal imbalance, ovarian cysts, etc. You are suggested to get clinically examined by a gynecologist, get all required tests and investigations done. You will be managed accordingly.

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Nupur K., General & Family Physician
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]
Share on
 

Related questions you may be interested in


Recent questions on HIV


Loading Online Doctors....
Does Brown Thick Menstrual Discharge Indicate Pregnancy?

Hello, You have been on birth control pills but your period was not bright red but brown thick stringy discharge. Old deoxygenated blood is brown in color. Brown color may be also indicative of old blood in the vaginal secretions. If you have been taking the birth control pills as instructed without missing it then you shouldn t be pregnant. In case you develop early pregnancy like symptoms then you should get pregnancy test done with your first, morning, mid-stream urine to stay on the safer side. Other medical conditions that can cause similar symptoms are ectopic pregnancy, implantation, PID / PCOS, miscarriage (its accompanied with abdominal cramps), hormonal imbalance, ovarian cysts, etc. You are suggested to get clinically examined by a gynecologist, get all required tests and investigations done. You will be managed accordingly. Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Nupur K., General & Family Physician