Why Did I Get Brown Discharge after Taking the NextChoice Pill?

Hi Hannah,

My period is due this week or next week. It really just depends on how you look at it. My period started last month and lasted about 7 days. About 3 days after my period ended my boyfriend and I had unprotected sex. About 14 hours after that I took the NextChoice pill and a few days later I had this brownish discharge.

Well I did a little research online and found out that I may have had sex on one of my fertile days, so I was wondering what are my chances of being pregnant? (I could have calculated wrong because my periods aren’t regular)

And why did I get the brown discharge after taking the pill?

Hannah, I’m really anxious to know what’s going on, would it be too early to take a pregnancy test?

Thank you for your help!

Anxious (and worried)

Comments

  1. Dear Anxious,

    Ideally (in a perfect world), you’d want to take the NextChoice pill asap after having sex. 14 hours is doable, but, the longer you wait, the higher the probability for the NextChoice pill not being as effective. However, 14 hours is a whole lot better than some people who put it off until a couple days (i.e. 48 hours or even 72 hours). So, you’re probably still around the 85-90% “success” rate for the Next Choice pill. Thus, the brown discharge fits in with one of their commonly experienced side effects.

    To be safest, you might want to take an over the counter home pregnancy test a couple days after your next period should have started. Most likely, you’re ok.

    Good luck!
    Hannah

  2. Hannah,

    I’m having a similar problem. My boyfriend and I had sex on the 19th of September. I took the Next Choice pill no more than 2 hours later and then the second pill 12 hours after the first. I had the common brown discharge or whatever about a week later. Now, its October 4th and I should be starting my period sometime this week. I’ve had some of the symptoms of starting my period such as sore breasts and irritability. But about two days ago I started to get this super dark, almost black, discharge that looks similar to dried blood. Do you think this is just more blood from the pill, leftover blood from bleeding earlier, or that I’m pregnant? I’m really freaking out! D:

    • Hannah,

      I had sex 3:00 a.m on Thursday night. Then it happened again at the same time Friday Morning. I took the Next choice pill that friday night around 11:20 p.m and the other 12 hours after. Now i have brown discharge. Am i pregnant? PLEASE HELP ASAP!
      sincerely,
      Worried

      • Worried – it’s most likely a result of taking Next Choice. When did your last period start & end? How long have you been having this discharge? I’m assuming that you had sex last Thursday night and then the brown discharge has just started? I wouldn’t think that you would be pregnant, but Next Choice is quite a powerful pill and can put some girls’ bodies into a whirl.

  3. Still Worried says:

    I posted the above comment but havent gotten a reply. Should I have posted somewhere else?

  4. Stephanie Rowan says:

    Dear Hannah,
    Im having almost the same problem, i am 17 years old and 5 days ago i had sex with my boy friend. When we were done, we realized the condom got stuck in me and their was cum all on the bed. I took Next choice no more then 2 hrs later, then the second pill 12 hrs after the first one. Now, 5 days after i am getting a heavy flow of brown blood. I should be getting my period in another 2 weeks. Is this normal, what should I do?

    thank you for your help,
    confused

    • You should be fine, Stephanie. Blame it all on Next Choice :) Different people react differently to taking a super high dosage of levonorgestrel (the name of the medicine in Next Choice). Brown blood discharge can be one of those not so pleasant side effects.

  5. it might sound stupid,i had unprotected sex 4time this month,but each time i took potinor2(levenorgestrel)but i missed my period for the month and i have been having brownish discharge or spooting,menstral like cramp.,could i be pregnant,pls help

  6. I did this also.. Infact i had my cycle again in the same month. it was 3days. then abruptly ended

  7. Freaking out says:

    Dear Hannah,

    My boyfriend and I have unprotected sex 11 days after the beginning of my cycle. I took the Next Choice Emergency Contraception pills 34 hours after the sex; the 1st one at 34 hours and the second at 46 hours. It is now 1 week after I took Next Choice, and I am experiencing a beige-tanish discharge. I had experienced slight spotting 2 days ago as well but this is different. What could this mean? Please help!

    -Freaking out

    • It’s most likely just a side effect of Next Choice. Keep an eye on it, but, for now, I wouldn’t be worried.

  8. Hi m so worried… I had unprotected sex 2 weeks ago and i think that was my fertility days… After 4 hours i took the next choice pill as indicated by the one i talked to on hotline next choice… But it bothers me cos after a week i had sex again but with condom ofcourse… The question is… Is there a chance that i could become pregnant even if i took the pill since i was on my fertility days when we had sex? My period will supposed to be coming this july 16 if im at the 28 day cycle… What to do…tnx

  9. Worried Anonymous says:

    Dear Hannah,

    I am 16 years old and I have a boyfriend who I had sexual intercourse with in which where we were both virgins. I had my last period on the 29th of June had unprotected sex a few days after where he used the pull out method. In addition, I took a morning after pill just in case. I had no side effects what so ever and just now, (17th of July), I got a brown discharge and very little cramps. The morning after the 17th, I realised it was a normal menstruation but I’m still concerned as I read it is common for females to menstruate when pregnant.

    Could this be early signs of pregnancy? Or just a normal period?

    The pharmacist who gave me the pills told me that my menstrual cycle would probably be “late”, however it seem to have came early. However, my menstrual cycle is not regular and always varies on different dates.

    I’m quite concerned. Please help.

    Thank you.

  10. stefani says:

    hi hannah
    im 18 years old & last wednesday evening me & my boyfriend had unprotected sex , the next day i took Next Choice the first pill at 6:55 p.m & the second 12hrs later . after taking the second pill i experienced vomiting , but that was it , after almost a week now i noticed spotting & abdominal pain and now im on my period , but im also experiencing nausea, loss of appetite, & was experiencing mild constipation , is this normal? whats goin on?

  11. I took Next Choice 2 days ago, ive been experiencing nausea, abdominal pain, dizziness, loss of apetite and tiredness. I wish i wouldve never taken it because now i feel horrible :( mu question is how long will these side effects last? Is this normal?! I read that it normally takes 1to2 days for these symptoms to go away.

  12. Last Friday night around 2am (9th of November 2012) me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex and he went inside me. Saturday morning (10th of November 20120) we had sex that morning around 11am, again unprotected. Around 12 I took the Next Choice pill. Today I started to get this brown discharge. I am really worried because some sites say it is due to the pill but others say it is a sign of pregnancy! can you help!

  13. Dear Hannah,

    I have been on birth control for the past 2 years I stopped about 3 months ago. I had unprotected sex on November 12. And I took Next Choice one dose on the 15th. My lady period was Novemeber 1st. I had brown discharge but I’m not sure if that was my period or not. Please help!

  14. Me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex 2 times in a row but he pulled out way before he could even ejaculate. I took the next choice 1st pill 36 hours after and the 2nd one 12 hours later 2 days later I started spotting continually throughout the day and the next and then it stopped we then had sex 3 days later with a condom and the next day I had some spotting pls help!

  15. worried says:

    Hannah,

    I’m having a similar problem. My boyfriend and I had sex on the 19th of September. I took the Next Choice pill no more than 2 hours later and then the second pill 12 hours after the first. I had the common brown discharge or whatever about a week later. Now, its October 4th and I should be starting my period sometime this week. I’ve had some of the symptoms of starting my period such as sore breasts and irritability. But about two days ago I started to get this super dark, almost black, discharge that looks similar to dried blood. Do you think this is just more blood from the pill, leftover blood from bleeding earlier, or that I’m pregnant? I’m really freaking out! D:

  16. I’m on birth control, but the condom broke and I took Next Choice almost 24 hours later. Now I have brown mucus-y discharge… Is this normal?

  17. Hey Everyone, I love how you are all asking the same question, but can anyone update the rest of about what happen after the brown discharged stop? How long did it last? When did you get your next period? and Were there any pregnancy?

  18. My periods started on 17september got over on 20th sep and i had unprotected swx on 22 september and taken emergency pills within 24 hours and on 6th october i am facing a dark brown discharge so can u pls tell me if i concider this a normal periods or side effect of pill?

  19. Hi,
    Me and my boyfriend had sex but he did not finish, he was inside me for about 4 minutes but he didn’t finish. I took the morning after pill anyways the next day. It’s been 11 days since I did and I’m having some brownish vaginal discharge, it’s barely there I only notice when I wipe me it off. Could this mean I’m pregnant? My period is due next week.

    Thank you in advance

  20. Livina Shane says:

    Hi,
    Me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex. And I took emergency contraceptive pill in 24 hrs. I got my period on 18th nov(same day i get my period each month) heavier than usual red and with clots, no pain no cramps. next month i got my period on 18th dec less than ususal and dark brown. And today i got my period on 18th jan much lighter( lasts less than one day and very less) and dark brown and sticky. Is it possible that i might be pregnant?

  21. hi.. me and my bf had sex on 6 jan . we use condom and i pill. and now on 19 han i startd brown discharge bleeding with stoch pain stightly… my normal period date is 25 as on the month… is this is my periods if not then when i will get periods on? what us hppning with me pls tell me … i m worried… am i pregnant?

  22. . me and my bf had sex on 6 jan . we use condom and i pill. i took i pill under 12 hrs and now on 19 jan i startd brown discharge bleeding with stomach pain stightly… my normal period date is 25 as on the month… is this is my periods if not then when i will get periods on? what is hppning with me pls tell me … i m worried… am i pregnant?

  23. Hi Hannah
    Me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex on the 29 DEC and took a morning after pill within 24hours and now I’m seeing a browning discharge like a dried blood can is that means am preg or is just the effects
    Worried

  24. Anonymous says:

    Hannah,

    I just had my very first experience in sex and we did a pull-out, but I’m still a bit worried so I took a levonorgestrel pill after 12 hours I had that intercourse and the second pill after 12 hours. My period is super irregular you see and I had my share of problems during the past few months. I’m originally taking pills to correct my period but I stopped a month before that intercourse. I played basketball after taking the second pill and I had that dark brown discharge after. I really have no idea what’s happening and I’m really worried. Don’t want to get pregnant so pls.

    Worried to death

  25. Hi,

    I am writing this as a timeline to illustrate:
    – 23th July – Period Started
    – 28th July – period ended
    – 3rd August – Condom slipped but my boyfriend hadnt ejaculated sos we took pill as a precaution
    – 4th August – Emergency Pill Taken (14 hours later)
    – 19th August – Brown Spotting and tender breasts
    – 20th August – a bit heavy bleeding around 10 in the morning then around 2 abdominal pain
    My period should come by the end of this week I believe but all this is happening. Could I be pregnant

  26. Hi,
    I had unprotected sex on the seventh day of my periods.
    I had an ipill immediately. After 6 days brown discharge has started.what are the chances of getting pregnant?

  27. Freaking Out! says:

    Hi Hannah!
    I had sex with my boyfriend last Monday (april 9th) and the condom broke. We are sure there was no cum on the condom, and we are also (almost) sure there wasn’t much pre-cum on it, as we were just starting. I was not on my fertile days either, I was just a week away from my period, but I still took the emergency pill, just to be safe. I took the first one 30-ish hours after the accident happened, and then the second one 12 hours later.
    4-5 days after taking the pill I started noticing a light brown-beige spotting on my underwear. The spotting became a little bit heavier (but it was still a small amount) and it got a little bit darker, so I just assumed I was starting to get my period and started wearing my maxi-pads, only to realize, just 3 days later, that the spotting was actually getting lighter and lighter, until it eventually disappeared.
    Now it’s april 17th and I’m confused and a little worried As I don’t know if that beige spotting I just experienced was my actual period, a secondary symptom of the pill, or implantation bleeding. My period should start tomorrow.
    As a side note, I want to add that I took an emergency pill over a year ago (same situation, a broken condom) and I did not experience a beige spotting like this time My period came the exact day it was supposed to, the color was normal and it lasted the same amount of days as usual.

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