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I am getting brown vaginal discharge after taking an emergency contraceptive pill. Why?


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Dr. Sneha Kannan

Published At September 7, 2020
Reviewed AtMarch 9, 2021

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I took choice 1500 last month on the day of intercourse. After ten days, I started to have a brown vaginal discharge with cramps. The discharge was not excessive but I have it for ten days. Still, I have discharge. I got my last period before a week of having sex. What to do?


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Usually, ovulation occurs on the 12th to 16th day of periods and fertile window is the period where the egg is released from the ovary. As you have taken an emergency contraceptive pill on the day of intercourse, then the chances of getting pregnant are remote. You have taken pills at the right time. You have taken a progesterone hormone in high doses. It increases the inner lining of the uterus and it makes an unfavorable condition for having a pregnancy. As you have taken a single dose, your thickness will break down and so you will be getting bleeding or discharge for seven to ten days. You can have brownish discharge due to ovulation or hormonal changes. You need to do a urine pregnancy test to have a better understanding. Kindly do a urine pregnancy test next week. Please mention your menstrual cycle pattern, duration, and length of the menstrual cycle. Have a follow-up with your reports.

Investigations to be done

You need to do a urine pregnancy test after a week.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy
Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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