Periods on birth control

Questions and discussion about contraception, safer sex, STIs, sexual healthcare and other sexual health issues.
Posts: 1
Joined: Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:57 am
My primary language: English
My pronouns: She/her
My sexual identity and orientation: Straight
Location: United Kingdom

Periods on birth control

Unread postby daisy1441 » Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:02 am

Hi! I have been on the pill for around 10 months, and only recently (the last 3 or 4) I've noticed my period (well "withdrawal bleed") to be light and brown. Even on the "heaviest" days I only need to change it maybe three times? And the part that worries me the most is the colour - its a dark brown the whole 4 day period.
Has anyone else experienced this, if so is it normal or something to be concerned about?

scarleteen staff/volunteer
Posts: 989
Joined: Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:33 am
My primary language: English
My pronouns: They
Location: Leeds UK

Re: Periods on birth control

Unread postby Jacob » Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:37 am

Hi Daisy,

Nearly all blood will turn brown when it's given a chance*, so it's not an issue!

It also isn't unusual that you bleed smaller amounts the longer your body gets used to the contraceptive pill, and that means it's not going to 'flow' like a heavy period would and so has more time to turn brown.

I Hope you're ok: these are strange times and there's no surprise many of us are paying extra attention to what our bodies are do and what it means.
"In between two tall mountains there's a place they call lonesome.
Don't see why they call it lonesome.
I'm never lonesome when I go there." Connie Converse - Talkin' Like You

not a newbie
Posts: 41
Joined: Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:13 am
My Awesomeness Quotient: My face
My primary language: English
My pronouns: She
Location: US

Re: Periods on birth control

Unread postby Melamyl » Wed Apr 15, 2020 7:26 pm

Yay I know it is difficult and uneasy to feel that, get well soon.

Return to “Sexual Health”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests