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I've been on Aviane HBC for three and a half years now. This has done an excellent job of making my periods predictable. My period always starts between Sunday night and Tuesday morning (at the latest). It lasts until between Friday morning and Saturday midday (at the latest). It's usually heavy (I go through four cotton pads a day for two or three days, most months), I get serious cramps, and it generally makes itself known.

This month, however, there was no sign of a period until just before bed Tuesday night, and it was brown. I figured, eh, it's mostly on time, and I've seen the brown on occasion as my period gets warmed up (so to speak), so I dismissed it. It's now Wednesday night, I still haven't soaked through one full pad, I haven't had any of my most usual symptoms, and I'm a little worried. It's only spotting, really--light enough that I haven't wiped any off when I've gone to the bathroom. What could be causing this?

I take my pill perfectly and always have. I have never missed a pill and only once (a year and a half ago) did I take a single pill late. I did change my pill start time--I take it at 6:30am rather than 12:00pm, though I'm still a Thursday starter. My backup method is withdrawal; my boyfriend pulls out well before ejaculation, always urinates prior to and after intercourse, and we're always exceedingly careful not to get ejaculate on me. As a result, I think that I'm not likely at all to get pregnant, so I'm mostly concerned about other potential causes of this weird pseudo-period.

Can stress or illness do this? I've been only slightly more stressed or sickly than I have been for much of the time I've been on the pill (which is to say that I've been working 90+ hours a week toward school and I've been sick with three different things over the last three weeks, rather than 50~60+ hours weekly and one illness a month).

Finally, my mother had monthly 'period'-like discharge throughout all four of her pregnancies, although it was heavy enough that she thought that she'd miscarried during at least my pregnancy. So it's somewhat different from my current circumstances.

...I think that I may be talking too much. I guess I'd be lying if I claimed to not be at all concerned about pregnancy, despite the low risk. Do you have any advice or resources for me? I don't know where else to go that I can trust.

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It doesn't sound to me like you need to be concerned with a pregnancy risk. Even someone who's period is usually very regular can have an odd period every now and again. The bleeding started right around the time you were expecting your withdrawal bleed, so it's very, very likely that that's what it is.

Mind, if you want to put your mind at ease, a pregnancy test should do the trick.

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Thank you for your advice. I did end up taking a pregnancy test, and it came back negative. Even though I'd cognitively understood that the odds were basically nil, it was still a relief. I'm so glad that I have Scarleteen to turn to in times like these--a search on Google for "brown spotting instead of period" just leads to lots of 'advice' saying that it means you're pregnant.

Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you and let you know that it had been resolved.

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