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Brown Discharge is one of common concerns of girls and women. Not all cases of brown vaginal discharge are cause for concern. Brown vaginal discharge 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.

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 discharge

Brown discharge

Brown vaginal discharge 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.

If the brown vaginal discharge is a result of dysfunctional endometrial elimination your symptoms would likely be a later than usual period, if that.

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 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 – symptom of different diseases

If you have Loss of appetite, Fertility problems, Infertility, Abdominal pain and Brown vaginal discharge – you could have Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

If you have Vaginal lump, Cauliflower-like mass, Vaginal itching, Rash on genitals and Brown vaginal discharge – you could have Genital warts.

If you have Pain, Mouth lesions, Feels hot to touch, Yellow vaginal discharge and Brown vaginal discharge – you could have Gonorrhea.

If you have Loss of appetite, Weight loss, Discharge from anus, Fertility problems and Brown vaginal discharge – you could have Chlamydia.

If you have Pain in urethra, Yellow vaginal discharge, Vaginal dryness and Brown vaginal discharge – you could have Vulvovaginitis (vulvo-vaginal inflammation).

During Menopause you also could have Pain in urethra, Yellow vaginal discharge, Vaginal dryness and Brown vaginal discharge.

Brown vaginal discharge often could be a symptom of several hormonal dysfunctions (natural or provoked by hormonal medication and hormonal contraception).

If you have Spotting and/or Brown vaginal discharge before and after period – you could have Endometriosis.

Unexpected brown vaginal discharge OR brown discharge instead of period could be the first symptom of pregnancy.

Missed pills, Local infection or inflammation caused by the IUD, Vaginal infections, Stress, Cysts, Polyps (of cervix, vagina, or uterus), Fibroids also could trigger Chaotic spotting and/or brown vaginal discharge.

If you have Pain during intercourse, Vaginal discharge, Vaginal pain and Brown vaginal discharge – you could have Cervical cancer.


  1. I have brown vaginal discharge but I have no pains what so ever. Could I be pregnant?

  2. I have now had brown discharge for a week the week before that I had my menstrual. I had my last child 4yrs ago and had my tubes tied after my last child. So that being said I know it’s not pregnancy. I have no pain & no odor.. I have had pre cancerous cells before could it have came back full on cancer and that be the cause?

  3. i have brown discharge with unpleasant odor and and a slight pain. Sometimes the discharges looks like penkish color. My period finished 10 days now and am really worried.

  4. Hi my period just went off a week ago an 3 days afther that I stated cramping an I stated spotting this dark red brown looking it’s been going on for 3 days now should I b worried

    • could be ovulation discharge or uterus “extra-cleaning” after cramps=contractions

  5. Just after my period ended I noticed a light yellow discharge and I thought it’s not important then it turned into a dark brown discharge, mostly clotted with vulva itching, redness and dryness just on the top and not inside. I also noticed acne like pimples on vulva. I don’t feel comfortable wearing panties now and whenver I wipe there is always a brown discharge either clots or liquid. It has been a week, am not sexually active for over a month now and am married (away for study purpose). I put olive oil or sesame oil for moist and to relief itching. I also feel like period cramps. No pain while urinating nor any other pain. What could this be?

    • looks like vaginal infection

  6. dear dolly,

    having light bloody with some tissues coming for more than a year , have been visited medical and did scanning, all clear, very frightened, what it could be

  7. I had o on may 5 2015…my last period 4/19/2015….I started spotting watery brownish discharge on and off all day mostly when I had wiped…light bleeding no clots

    • stress? pregnancy? infection?

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