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By the end of your menstrual cycle usually the thickened uterine lining and extra blood are shed through the vaginal canal. Menstruation is the shedding of the lining of the uterus (endometrium) accompanied by bleeding – menstruation represents the uterine wall being discharged from the body when the woman does not become pregnant. It is well known that normal color of menstrual flow is red and any discoloration commonly causes alarm.

Brown colored discharge during menstrual flow is fairly common among women.
In general, discoloration is commonly a result of the long menstrual period – the long period means that the blood has become oxidized thereby causing the change in color. When this is the reason for the discoloration of menstrual flow, there is no cause for alarm.

But in several cases brown discharge could be a signal for vaginal infections, hormonal dysfunctions, stress, polyps, fibroids, cancer, etc.

Brown smelly discharge

Brown smelly discharge


It is normal for every woman’s vagina to have a unique smell; it is natural. Even when you notice a recent difference in its smell, it is not necessarily an infection. That change may be linked to a specific moment of your menstrual cycle because the smell of your vaginal discharge can vary depending on the time of the cycle.

Becoming familiar with the healthy discharge smell of your vagina can help you determine when there is a problem. Changes in vaginal discharge smell occur throughout the menstrual cycle but can also result from yeast infections, sexually transmitted infections, Trichomoniasis, Bacterial Vaginosis and some other causes.

Vaginal discharge is clear or milky white when a female is not on her period. During menstruation, this discharge keeps the vagina clean. Healthy vaginal discharge thickens and increases when you are sexually stimulated, when you are breastfeeding, or when you ovulate.


If woman have few problems in reproductive system, she could have both brown discharge and smelly discharge.

Main causes of brown smelly discharge include combinations of possible causes of Brown Discharge and Smelly discharge.

Brown Discharge possible causes

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Genital warts (HPV)
  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • Vulvovaginitis (vulvo-vaginal inflammation)
  • Menopause
  • Hormonal dysfunctions and/or disbalance
  • Endometriosis
  • Missed pills
  • Pregnancy
  • Stress
  • Cysts, polyps (of cervix, vagina, or uterus), fibroids.
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs)
  • Cervical cancer

Smelly Discharge possible causes

  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Poor hygiene
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Unusual object in vagina
  • “Losing” a tampon in vagina
  • Recto-vaginal fistula
  • Cancer of the cervix


  1. hey I had an abortion last year December and recently my nipple area is sore I get extremely painful cramps followed by blood and since last week I’ve been getting smelly Brown sometimes clear discharge…wat is going on are there natural ways to clean my vagina

    • Read “Natural Remedies for Vaginal Smell” and “Bacterial Vaginosis Natural Remedies” in this website.

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