My period hasn't arrived and I'm on the pill


Q: I havn't taken my birth control properly this month and now my period hasn't come. It was a brown discharge. Am I pregnant?

Symptoms:  Cramps, lower stomach pain, lower back pain, gas, missed period

A:   Hi,
Thanks for the query.

I understand your concern.
Brown discharge while using birth control can be seen due to causes like withdrawal bleeding due to missing pill, breakthrough bleeding as side effect of pill, premenstrual spotting, cervical erosion due to birth control which can lead to spotting etc.
Better to go for urine pregnancy test once to rule out the possibility of pregnancy as you have not used birth control properly.
If the test gives a negative result, spotting persists for a long period, better to consult your doctor once and get evaluated.
By clinical examination and ultrasound, the possible cause of the problem can be identified and treated.

Take care.

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