Irregular brown discharge after taking birth control pills

Q: I am usually regular with my menstruations, with active bleeding occuring around the 20th of each month, once a month only. However I have recently started taking birth control pills, and I am experiencing a very mild brown discharge, since the 7th November (out of my regular menstrual bleeding time). Medically this is referred to as breakthrough bleeding, caused by the pill. Would it be counted as menstrual bleeding Islamically, once 15 days of being paak have passed? Even though this bleeding does not exactly resemble the actual menstrual flow? What about if this brown discharge starts before the full 15 days of being paak,i.e. the discharge occurs randomly throughout the month. Although, during the first 2 days of my actual menstrual period, the flow is a similar mild brown, after which it progresses to red bleeding.

A: If the bleeding or brown discharge comes after a minimum of 15 days of tuhr and it continues for 3 to 10 days then this will be counted as haidh. If it commences before 15 days of tuhr or it continues for more than 10 days then you will calculate your tuhr and haidh according to your normal habit of haidh and tuhr.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)