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Brown discharge between periods

Brown Discharge between periods – why? what to do? how to stop?

Many girls and women are fully stressed because of unpleasant brown discharge between periods. What causes brown discharge between periods and why it is appearing tome by time? These questions might have popped up in minds of several girls and women. Menstruation is already a stressful period that comes regularly every month, but when you suffer in addition from brown discharge between periods, it can certainly get on your nerves.

Brown discharge between periods can be indicative of serious health problems for some women but at the same time it could be just very simple temporary “hormonal storm” – let’s find out what causes this brown discharge between periods.

Brown Discharge between periods is one of common concerns of girls and women. Not all cases of brown vaginal discharge are cause for concern. Brown vaginal discharge between periods is most often associated with old endometrial tissues.

Once you start puberty a white and/or clear discharge is normal. The vagina is self-cleaning. This same discharge increases the closer you get to ovulation and when you are sexually aroused. You can have this normal discharge for weeks, months or even years before getting your first period. It will also continue after you get your period. Sometimes you can have few times brown discharge before your first period. Your first period can look like this also.

Brown discharge?

Brown discharge?

If your period is late you might get a brown, rather than red, discharge. It could also mean that for whatever reason during your last menses the entire uterine lining failed to make a timely exit. Brown Discharge may happen right after periods, and is just “cleaning out” your vagina. Old blood looks brown. This may occur when you are ovulating in the middle of menstrual cycle.

Brown vaginal discharge between periods can also be a symptom of a medical concern that is much more sinister than leftover endometrial cells. Some of these conditions include Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), menopause, sexually transmitted diseases (gonorrhea, Chlamydia or genital warts) or cervical cancer.

Brown vaginal discharge between periods could be a result of dysfunctional endometrial elimination (hormonal dysfunctions).

Each of the other conditions mentioned have much more noticeable symptoms of their own in addition to brown discharge. Some of typical additional to brown discharge symptoms are: pain, discharge that is watery or yellowish, depression, vaginal dryness, pain during intercourse, frequent urination, infertility, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, burning, itching, rash, hot to touch, mouth ulcers, and loss of appetite.

If the cause of the brown vaginal discharge between periods is simply old uterine cells, then the treatment may be simple life style suggestions such as better nutrition, regular exercise and drinking more water. If you discover that the brown discharge is a result of another condition, better visit your doctor.

Brown Discharge between periods – symptom of different diseases

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)

Symptoms – Loss of appetite, Fertility problems, Infertility, Abdominal pain and Brown vaginal discharge between periods.

Genital warts

Symptoms – Vaginal lump, Cauliflower-like mass, Vaginal itching, Rash on genitals and Brown vaginal discharge between periods.


Symptoms – Pain, Mouth lesions, Feels hot to touch, Yellow vaginal discharge and Brown vaginal discharge between periods.


Symptoms – Loss of appetite, Weight loss, Discharge from anus, Fertility problems and Brown vaginal discharge between periods.

Vulvovaginitis (vulvo-vaginal inflammation)

Symptoms – Pain in urethra, Yellow vaginal discharge, Vaginal dryness and Brown vaginal discharge between periods.


Symptoms – Pain in urethra, Yellow vaginal discharge, Vaginal dryness and Brown vaginal discharge between periods.

Hormonal dis-balance and/or Vaginal bleeding between periods

Typical symptom – Brown vaginal discharge between periods.


Typical symptom – Spotting and/or Brown vaginal discharge before and after period.


Possible unexpected brown vaginal discharge OR brown discharge instead of period.

Cervical cancer

Symptoms – Pain during intercourse, Vaginal discharge, Vaginal pain and Brown vaginal discharge between periods.

Chaotic spotting and/or brown vaginal discharge between periods could be also in cases of Missed pills; Local infection or inflammation caused by the IUD; Vaginal infections; Stress; Cysts, polyps (of cervix, vagina, or uterus), fibroids.


  1. This is happening to me and I am going to get checked for diseases right now but should I also see a doctor?

    • meeting with gynecologist could be very useful

  2. I had my 4th baby a yr ago via C-Section, and had my tubes tied at that time as well. Since then I have had a period pretty much on time but with LARGE golf ball sized clots, and TONS of brown thick discharge in between. Is this due to the tubal I had done? Or is it something else? I have no pain with the discharge but bad cramping during cycle. No foul smells neither as I am a pretty tidy person.

    • most probably it is increased levels of estrogen (after baby) and your endometrium (internal line of uterus) is becoming thicker and all coming out during periods; C-Section also can contribute – from inside the scar is “refusing” grow of endometrium which is coming out during menstruation.

  3. I have brown discharge between period. My last period in May was late. Then, this month of June I notice that there is a brown discharge. Is there something to worry about? Help please.

  4. I had my 4th baby by c-section a year ago last week and breastfed her up to 2 months ago where I have had 2 periods since stopping,I decided to go on the pill so when my last period started i started taking the mini pill but after 3 days I stopped as i was bleeding so heavy I couldn’t have a super plus tampax in for half an hour without it leaking through and I was feeling awful sweats, chills ect so day number 4 I didnt take, I bled for another 3 days and then it stopped but a week later I have started to get brown/blackish discharge on and off! is this normal?

    • it is side effect of stopped hormonal contraception – it works like “hormonal miscarriage” – better not use any hormonal contraception until you have at least 3-4 normal periods – for you best could be condom or IUD –

  5. I have brown to black to yellow discharge and have had it for a couple months 24/7 between periods. I think it may be from coming off of the depo shot and not having periods for two years but i dont know. Help?

  6. I’ve had Brown discharge and cramping like as if I was on my period, along with nausea and headaches for a week now. Enogh to wear I need to use a pad. Only other time I’ve had Brown discharge is the common after my period discharge, I’m concerned as to what my be causing this.

  7. I was on the NuvaRing for 2 years. I recently moved and am in the process of getting established with a new GP and gyno. I go to get my prescription and they say I don’t have anymore and I have to go to my gyno to get prescribed more. I had to miss this months dose, and now, I’m having constant brown discharge. It’s only a little, but it’s annoying. What can I do?

  8. I haven’t got my first period yet but I have had brown discharge for two days? Does this mean my periods coming? Or is this it?

  9. I’ve never had brown discharge before but I’ve had it off and on for the past few days and I’m supposed to get my period within a few days. I am on birth control. Should I be worried?

  10. I use to have severe cramping and cold sweats, vomiting, and loss of apitite when I was younger. Then I started taking birth control and my cramps weren’t as bad, but I could control my emotions. So I stopped them. The cramps never were bad after that except one day after over working the day before I started, But after I stopped the birth control I started having functional cysts every month. I only got one checked and they founded but never told me if it went away after my next check up. Threw the months I’d feel the same pains but switch from side to side, so I assumed their just functional cysts,
    Well these past months I’ve had the same pain on my right side and it hasn’t gone fully away and it’s been four months. It’s not painful, just a dull annoyance and slight sharp pains that shoot toward my belly button sometimes. I went to the ER (cuz that’s the easiest thing to do instead of waiting two months for an apt.) and they gave me a “sonogram” and they didn’t see a cyst at all…. I’m confused cuz I feel the pain and I’ve also been having water moron discharge (no smell) in between these last two periods, but after this last period, it’s a lot of it, not just spotting and it worries me. Should I got to the ER? Cuz I’m 19 and I’ve never had intercourse, so I know it’s not a disease.

  11. I had been on microgynon 30 for years but started to get brown discharge between periods so I came off the pill to have a break, but my period never came, I went to my GP after 9 months with no period to find that I had PCOS and was told to go back on the pill to endive periods to revise the thickness of my womb lining but I now have the brown discharge between period, mid pill pack again, is this normal?
    I also had some pre cancerous cells removed from my cervix a couple of years ago but was told at my last appointment that everything was normal .

  12. Good day! I am bothered by my brown discharge prior to my menstrual cycle. Is there anything to bother about? or what can i do to prevent from having it? Thank You! :))

  13. I have been having a brown discharge with mucus this is my second day now.I have not been on birth control since my shot of Depo-privera expired on 24 March 2014 and have not been sexually active since 26 December 2013. My last period was on 11 July 2015 and according to my cycle its my ovulation period. Had lower abdominal pain cramps as during my period for 2 Days and then had the discharge. The discharge is not too much neither is it smelly. Should I be worried? Which tests should I take?

  14. Discharge with brown dirt like specks havent had period yet??

  15. Ive been havng heavy dark brown discharge from day 14 until my period begins every month for the past year and a half now.there are fibrous pieces present and i have cramping and by he time i have my period very little comes, i hardly have to wear a pad mostly pantyliners. due to financial constraints was not able to visit the gyneacologist. It worries because its been here for so long.i had a pap smear and vagina swab done and everything is normal, no PID, no sexually transmitted diseases and no abnormal cells present. In the past few years iv been on different pills and sometimes i would miss 1 or 2 pills a month,i dont if thats what started it ad i also had a termination once before then ive never had bleeding problems. The doctor has put me on the patch, this is the 3rd month but still no improvement. Please advise? Have you ever had a case like this before?

    • you experiencing hormonal dysfunction (may be triggered by different types of contraception); ultrasound of uterus and ovaries would be recommended

  16. Hi I had my period 11days ago and I started bleeding lightly with brownish pink gooey discharge last night with really bad cramps, my period is irregular sometimes I don’t get one for half a year and they are usually light with no cramps, today the cramps are worse and something weird looking came out it was small gooey clear blood with what looked like pubic hairs, I’m not on birth control and I’m sexually active I did have unprotected sex 2 days after my period. I have headaches and lower back pain

    • it can be very early miscarriage

  17. After my last period I noticed I had brown discharge especially after intercourse. I have had no new partner and I have always been regular until now I started a full 2 weeks early.

  18. i got my period last july 14 and now its like almost on my next period lyk a week more then my period will start but i just got my brown spot today that usually came after white discharge then brownspots comes and then my period will flow. but this tym its confusing. i am sexually active and wanted to get pregnant.

  19. I am having abnormal periods for past few months, it happens for 2 to 3 weeks then stops and starts right after about a week. In between i have brown discharge .Bleeding starts if i have physical exercise or walk or run too much. My period stopped a few days ago after going on for 10 days with brown discharge for 4 days which is not bloody just fibrous. After that I had a few burning sensation in my vagina. Yesterday I had brown discharge with some bleeding after walking some time for once in the morning. Then it stops and now i have clean bloodless discharge today. What does it mean?

  20. I’m 37 have been having pink to brownish discharge 2-3 times throughout the month for the last 4 months. First month I went to my gyno but the symptoms had stopped by the time I got an appointment and he couldn’t find anything. He did labs but I never got a call for the results so I assumed it was normal. The next month nothing but the last 2 months have had the discharge again 2-3 times. Then I got a yeast infection which lasted about 3 weeks or so treated with OTC yeast guard and I think it has gone away however the discharge just started back this evening. Should I be worried or is this normal for a woman my age?

  21. Last month I had periods n had nothing such but in upcoming month I had brown discharge like blood. What should I do

  22. OK so I have been on a depo shot for about 5 years. I just went off of it the beginning of June, I started a very light period about the end of July I didn’t even have to have a pad and I only had it for about a day. Then about a week later I noticed I was bleeding very lightly from the urethra and I only noticed it after using the bathroom then after that it didn’t appear again now yesterday I noticed brow almost like mucus discharge. I still have not had a regular period after stopping the depo. Also about 2 days before the brown discharge I had some severe stomach pain on my left side. It started as I was eating and stopped about a half an hour after. Advice?

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