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Brown Discharge 1 week before period

I have been using Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo for about 4 years with no interruptions and very few missed pills, no missed pills in the past 2 months.  I am sexually active with my husband (we do not use condoms) of 5 years and we had a child together 4.5 years ago. I am exactly 1 week away from my inactive pills and started getting a brown discharge today what may be causing this?
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When you look up side effects of birth control pills, breakthrough bleeding and/or spotting is always listed as the most common side effect. That's what's happening here is that you're having a side effect of being on the pill. You can look at the package insert that came with the pills and you will see it is written there also.
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I just thought that it was really weird since I never like seriously have ever had spotting of any kind between periods since being on the pill
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It doesn't matter, it can happen anytime. Sooner or later it will happen to anyone who is on the pill.
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It has now been 5 full days that I've had this brown discharge, not only is it getting darker (like black) but it is also very very thick.  I am also getting menstrual like cramps periodically and have developed a hemorrhoid out of the blue (I haven't had any issues going to the bathroom).  AF is due to come this weekend so I guess we will see what happens then
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