• KatyPotter2 KatyPotter2
    December 02, 2008
    What does dark brown vaginal bleeding after Depo shot and tubal ligation indicate?
    KatyPotter2 KatyPotter2
    December 02, 2008

    I had my third child on June 2, 2008. Two days after giving birth I recieved the Depo shot. I then had a tubal ligation in August of 2008. I have not stopped having vaginal bleeding since June. I am now concerned because the vaginal bleeding has turned dark brown in color. What does this indicate? Is this normal? Is it because of the Depo shot? Does this indicate ectopic pregnancy?

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  • Amy Hendel
    Health Guide
    December 05, 2008
    Amy Hendel
    Health Guide
    December 05, 2008

    The dark brown in color typically means "older, coagulated blood" which may indicate that the bleeding is slowing and will cease shortly.  It may have been uterine lining still shedding before the Depo shot finally exerts its hormonal affect.  It would not be unreasonable for you to call your doctor to check out things by phone and see if a check up is warranted.


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