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amandachristine067
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Hello,
i have been on birth control for 4 years now and last month i recently switched from yaz to loestrin 24.
Last month I had taken the first pill of yaz then got the new brand and took the second pill of the new brand and continued on. After the first inactive pill i had brown discharge for 4 days. then started up the active pills again.
There is about a week until the inactive pills start up again but I am now having the brown discharge just like i did during the last inactive pills but it is not time for my period yet.
I'm really confused and worried. My boyfriend and I always use condoms but about 6 weeks ago we had sex without a condom and he pulled out. Do you think there is really a risk of pregnancy here? Please help [Confused]

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amandachristine067
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also I am not worried about STD's because he is my first partner and he has been tested.
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Heather
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Even though you've been on the pill for years, when you switch brands, you should figure that it can be just like starting over again.

In other words, you may have side effects or some weird stuff going on for a few cycles, which is most likely what this is.

That said, I hear you saying your boyfriend has had STI tests, but have you? If not, since you now are sexually active, you'll want to start your own testing, too. If you haven't, now might be a good time to do that just to rule out the possibility of this discharge being about infection.

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amandachristine067
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Thank you for the advice! So we can safely say that pregnancy is not an issue here?
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Heather
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Well, the pill isn't 100% effective, like every method. So, anytime you engage in the kinds of sex, namely intercourse, that presents a risk of pregnancy, there will be some risk of pregnancy.

That given, in the event that you don't see what you know as a withdrawal bleed when it's time for it, testing for pregnancy is always a good idea.

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wait, so this could be an indication that im pregnant..
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Heather
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I didn't say that.

I said that you can't ever say there's no risk of pregnancy when people are doing the things that can cause a pregnancy.

But that has nothing to do with this discharge you're having.

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amandachristine067
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okay thanks. So since i had this brown discharge during my last inactive pills and i had unprotected sex before that that is an indication that im not pregnant because it was my period but different because of the new hormones?
And im having this discharge now because my body is probably still getting used to the new hormones?

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Not knowing what this brown discharge was, if it was a withdrawal bleed or not -- which I've no way of knowing -- I can't say either way.

Again, if you don't currently have any infections, something you'd know from your own testing, then I'd say what this most likely is is some kind of spotting, probably due to the change of pill.

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Okay well im super nervous now. If i took a test today would it be accurate?
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Six weeks after your last possible risk? Absolutely.

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I just took a test and it was negative so its safe to say that this is a result of a change in hormones?
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Like I've been saying, this kind of discharge is most likely either due to changing your pill, or may indicate an infection of some kind.

So, once more, if you, yourself, are not currently up to date with your own STI testing (your partner's test results don't tell us anything about your status, only his) , I'd suggest that in general, but also think it'd be a good idea to do sooner rather than later because of this discharge.

If it turns out you're all clear of any infections, then you can safely say this is likely just a side effect of your pill.

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Could you tell me why it's important to get tested when my boyfriend is the first person I've had sexual contact with and he was tested before any contact?
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STI testing is sound practice when someone has become sexually active; it's part of basic sexual health care one would start after becoming sexually active with a partner for the first time. You want a baseline, which will also help you evaluate (or eliminate) possible causes for symptoms, such as what you're asking about now.

Here's some more information on all this, including sound practices when in a relationship.

Without sexual contact, could I have an STI?

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