I have been experiencing brown discharge and a slight odor after taking the birth control pill Cerazette. Is it a matter of concern?

Q. How to manage brown discharge and a slight odor after taking the birth control pill?

Answered by
Dr. Sanap Sneha Umrao
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 19, 2023

Hello doctor,

I have been taking the birth control pill Cerazette (Desogestrel) for the past three years. This pill has completely stopped my menstrual cycle, so I no longer get periods. Since yesterday, I have been experiencing some discoloration in my discharge. It is brownish in color and has a sticky consistency. The flow is very light, and I only need to use a panty liner. I am not sure if it is blood; it does not seem like a regular period. However, I would like an explanation for the brown discharge, and I want to know if there is any cause for concern. I have also noticed a slight odor in the days leading up to this. The current medical complaint may have previously occurred once or twice. This issue has persisted for the past two days. It is not causing me any discomfort or worry. I am simply curious to understand why this is happening.

Kindly help.



I am glad you chose icliniq for your medical-related queries.

I understand your concern. According to your description, this discharge could be due to an infection, and for that, you should take a proper antibiotic course. However, since you mentioned that you are not getting your periods and it has completely stopped, it is a concern. I recommend getting a USG (ultrasound) pelvis scan, thyroid profile, and CBC (complete blood count) done to rule out any pathology. For the discharge, take the following medications:

  1. Tablet Doxycycline 100 mg twice daily.
  2. Tablet Metronidazole 400 mg thrice daily.
  3. Tablet Pantoprazole 40 mg twice daily before meals.
  4. Clingen (a combination of Clindamycin and Clotrimazole) vaginal pessary (insert it in the vagina while sleeping at night).

Take these medications for five days. Additionally, keep the area clean and dry, change your undergarments twice a day, and wash your genital area with gentle cleansers to avoid recurring infections. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with them, and take the medicines with their consent.

You can always come back and reach me at icliniq.com.

Thank you for consulting me.

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