Birth Control Pills/5 Months on Pills


For the past 4/5 days I have been bleeding irregularly. I know for sure that it is not my period, my period begins the last Monday of every month (which would be tomorrow August 19, 2013) I have been on birth control for 5 months now with no issues. I usually have very heavy periods, this bleeding has been extremely light (too light to even qualify as a period) and the blood is a dark brown, as if it is very old. I am sexually active, I last had sex three weeks ago. There have been no other issues accompanying this bleeding except some mild cramping time to time. Is it possible I am pregnant? Or could this be an infection? Or something related to the birth control pills I am on?

Thank you,

Hi Darcy, Sorry for the delay. Did you find out anything yet? You can email me at and update me. There can be breakthrough bleeding when you are on the birth control pill. This can be due to the hormones in the pills. I usually don't recommend hormonal birth control methods because of these side effects. Or it could be pregnancy or infection. You should go to a pregnancy resource center if you want to get a FREE pregnancy test. You can find a location by going to or and click on the worldwide directory. So let me know what happens. Hoping to hear from you soon.

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If I am "maxed out" please email me privately at I can answer questions about the various methods of birth control. I can answer questions like "What would be the best method of birth control for me?" and other problems and concerns. I have researched side effects and risks of various methods of birth control. I have almost 25 years of experience working with various pregnancy resource centers.


I have almost 25 years of experience in counseling women about birth control and family planning. This is mostly one-on-one counseling in private, on internet and phone.

Illinois Valley Community College, Austin Community College, Travel Agent Degree and almost 25 years of counseling experience. I have worked with Pregnancy Resource Centers for almost 25 years.

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