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BROWN SMELLY DISCHARGE

BROWN DISCHARGE

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

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.

BROWN SMELLY DISCHARGE

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

49 Comments

  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.

  2. I have been having light brown discharge for a few weeks now before, after and randomly in between my periods. Sometimes it has a strong odor sometimes it is more of a sweet smell. I just got tested for STDs and HIV from my doctor and everything came back negative. I am wondering what else it could be. I have missed taking my BC pills on time lately, I haven’t been taking them at the same time every day. I also stopped taking them for about a month and I didn’t have any of these signs until I started taking them again, could I be allergic to this brand? I have had to switch before because I was having too long of periods.

  3. Ok so I’ve gotten my period at least a week or so earlier than normal. I understand that this could just be my cycle changing, but it’s weird for the simple fact that my period usually last four to five days. I’ve bled pass seven days and now I have this brown smelly discharge. Almost smells like my discharge after I had my daughter in 2013.

  4. I have not started my first period yet and I thought it had come. I have been having white discharge for probably over a year and now it is brown and smelly. It of course is given i am a virgin due to my lack of having started the menstral cycle and I didn’t understand practically any of the causes other than some of the diseases that I know are sexually transmitted. I have no idea what is happening! Anyone care to help me out?

  5. Hi, I have pcos and I’ve been on metformin for 6 weeks now. I have unprotected sex all the times. A few days ago I got a spotting and today i saw a brown discharge. What does this mean?

    • it depends on which day of cycle you had spotting

  6. I am having this brown stinky discharge after my last period this have never happened and I have been going to the doctor’s on and off. Before this unusual discharge I had come to know that I have endometriosis and a 3.5cm cyst on my left ovary. I have very unusual period as well, they don’t usually come after 28 days, in march I had two periods ( first one was on the 5th and the second one was on the 31st).The only thing that I am concerned is what’s this brown discharge that I am having now?

  7. I had surgery both above and below about two weeks ago. I had a tear in my uterus and was stitched up I also had a cyst removed. I am now experiencing this dark brown discharge along with fever and pain this all has come and gone over a couple of days however it is affecting how I feel physically any suggestions?

    • fever+pain+brown discharge – could be infection/inflammation – better visit your doctor

  8. I’ve always had white milky discharge, now for about a month (before and after my period) it’s turned dark brown and stringy? It’s more itchy down there, not all the time and it has a super strong odor. Should I call my dr? Or can it wait till my yearly appt?

  9. I have recently been having a lot of different issues going on. Last month my period was about a week early and this month it is 2 weeks late and still have not started. Last month my period was shorter and this month I had some spotting. but now I have this awful brownish pink discharge and it has an awful odor. Along with this has been some cramping?

  10. I have been getting yellowish/ light brown discharge. Im kind of scared cuss this has never happened to me before, i say this because around the inside like the sides of my vagina it kind of itches at times & burns at the same time. I don’t know if its because my period its on its way or not. I just honestly do not like this.

  11. Hi i have previously posted saying i am bleeding after intercourse and that was on april 10 . So today even still aim bleeding and it sometimes comes in red and brown discharge, and very very bad door. i have even back pain so much tat i shouldn’t sit for more than 5 minutes. i even have abdomen pain and burning sensation in the night time. Can u please help me out.

  12. I started getting some spotting/brown discharge yesterday and am still having it today. I pretty sure I’m ovulating but the discharge smells a little funny. I’m a Virgin so it’s not possible to have an std. Just concerned on what it could be.

    • during ovulation it can happen

  13. Hey. I have been having a yellowish kinda brownish discharge and it doesn’t smell really bad. I have been sexually active but my boyfriend have always used protection. It is possible that it’s a pregnancy spotting?

  14. i had a brown discharge after protected sex. what can be the problem?

    • could be small vaginal trauma

  15. I am extremely concerned about what is going on with me. I have been seeing what i believe is blood consistenly over the past few months. At first it seemed like a never ending cycle with crampinG throughout on and of and then the regular bad cramps around what i believed was my monthly cycle. Some months it seemed like i had 2 cycles, some nonstop as I constantly am in a pad even if its light. As of lately this past cycle i was having cramping but no bleeding. The first day or 2 i noticed a pink like discharge seemed like it was coming from my clitoris. When i wipe i would see a hint of blood as if my period wanted to come. 2 days later i believe it came. Seemee rather lighter not heavy or consistent as usual over the next few days. What alarmed me is the brown smelly sometimes watery and consistently dark brown liquid/discharge or blood directly after that seemed to come from either somewhere above or from my clit. I determined this because of where the liquid would appear on pad and underwear. i would wipe to see if came from the entry of my vagina but it didnt seem to. There was times i thought i was also losing liquid from my anus or elsewhere God knows where. I have also experience lots of itching in my ankles and wrist. Numbness in my toe, nasty taste in my mouth lots oF thick mucus, congestion, migraines and feeling extremely hot/hot flashes when everyone else is cold. Severely Cold feet and hands while the rest of my bidy is warm. I don’t know what is going on with me. I have been under some stress for some time over the oast few months, at my heaviest I’ve ever been 183, haven’t been sexually active in quite some time months though married no external partners. Idk what to do. I have no insurance and dont know where to start or who to see. No income. Please help. Any advice on this constant discharge thats brown smells not fishy but offensive to me with cramping on n off thats seems to come from the top of my vaginal lips somewhere. thank you for your help and time. Sorry for the long post.

    • better to visit your gynecologist

  16. I recently had an abortion. .I also had put in a iud….its going on 3 weeks and I got antibiotics “cephalex” will this help with my brown smelly discharge? I am worried that its something else..do I need to see the doctor?

    • after abortion you could have brown discharge during few weeks; antibiotics are very useful – everything should disappear after 2 weeks of antibiotics; if not – try FEMANOL – http://www.women-info.com/en/vaginal-odor/

  17. i had this discharge after i gave birth at my early age,but it never stopped and now it has turned to brown and now i have some sort of lumps in and out of my vagina now it’s the 4th year i dnt knw wat to do and am scared of going to a doctor .at the same time i dont fall pregnant does this mean i wont have a baby again pls help

    • most probably you have vaginal infection which should be treated – it could be a cause for infertility

  18. i am 18 yrs old i got a baby when i was 14 yrs and since there i’ve had this extremely bad smelng discharge & i developed some small lumps in and out of my vagina and anus.I went to a doctor and i did pap smear he gave some medication together with my boyfriend.The infection seems like going away but it didn’t.so my man sugested a traditonal healing we went to the traditional healer and she said somethings about ma man getng this disease from his ex and she said she is going to help but i dont see any change.My man sometimes have a drop when we had sex because we dont use protection.I am having painfully cramps in my abdomen sometimes feels like something is cutting me and kicking in there.This discharge is too smelly now and so dirty like brownish the worse part is we want a child but i dont get pregnant.Am so confused am even having a rush like in my body and it leaves terrible scars in such a way that i cant wear vests and ma body itches after having a bath ma back aches i cant sit for like 5 mins n it its burning.does this means i wont have a baby again because this things cant go away down there and they sometimes itches and always wet of this smelly discharge pls help what to do am scared of seeing a doctor and to tell parents

  19. Hi, i hope you can help me. I have recently started being sexually active with my partner but we make sure to use a condom every time or make sure he doesn’t discharge anything in me. We started about 10 days before my period, and my period came 3 days ago. I’m quite sure its my period as hte flow is very heavy, nothing out of the ordinary. But today, into the third day theres no more blood just some brown-ness, which is normal. But i noticed a little blood, unlike my usual menstruation blood. It is much lighter and thinner. Not sure if this is what they call spotting. And it smells a little weird too. I’m not sure if it always smells like this tho, never really noticed. Nothing else out of the ordinary so maybe i’m just being paranoid. I’m just worried, hopefully you can advice me! Thank you!

  20. Doctor may u plc tell me where can i get such a good gynecologist ,am at Mpumalanga.And estimations of how much it can cost me to get treated and getng rid of this lumps.something else has happened my menstruation blood is so week and too smelly

    • I know there is a good service for women organized by IPPF Africa Region, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) – you can contact them through Internet, Facebook and ask for help – there should be service close to your home place

  21. I have been getting my period but when it comes on it’s a dark brown with a bad smell. It’s been happening for the last 5 months. my last birth control well I will say my last depo shot was back in June of 2014 and ever since then I have not gotten a regular Period. In January that’s when I started bleeding but it was brown with a bad odor. I am very concerned and worried because back in 2009 I had a LEEP procedure done and ever since then I’ve been trying to get pregnant and nothing ever happens. But I did get pregnant once in 2012 and a week later I had a miscarriage, but ever since then things have not been right I can’t get pregnant and then I’m having problems with my period with it being brown with a smell all the time now. Do you think the LEEP procedure has caused this problem. I had LEEP PROCEDURE done because I kept having abnormal test result done during my pregnancy with my son in 2009. Had to have it done after I gave birth to him. so I needed your help on what I should do should I see my OB or go to the hospital for this problem.

    • you definitely need OB professional treatment – most probably you have both vaginal infection + hormonal dysfunctions – and both can be treated and you can get pregnant after proper treatments

  22. I have the most awful smelling vaginal discharge. It is brownish. I’ve had it for three weeks now. It is not itchy and I don’t have any bruises. It became worse just before my period. I’m worried that people can smell it. Are there any home remedies I can use?

  23. I had a colopscopy 3 weeks ago, since then I have had a brown sweet smelling heavy discharge :( I seen a doctor who took swabs to check for infection but I am still waiting on any results. I am worried this charge can mean something bad, it is showing no signs of stopping at all.
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    There had been a lot of changes from my last colopscopy she had to take 10 samples so I bled heavy then.
    Also had my 3rd baby 15 weeks ago.

  24. Just recently I went camping for three days and did not shower and was not near any facilities to shower or use the restroom till I returned home. And when I returned home I had some bad news with my mothers health. Which has caused an exrltreme amount of stress on me lately. I recently had sex with my partner as well after going quite sometime with out vaginal intercourse. I am a 21 year old female and my last pap smear came back abnormal a month ago. Do you have any advice for me on this for the reason. Which my discharge is a brown color and sometimes an order.

  25. I haven’t been sexally active for over a year now.I gave been feeling a little cramps for about 2 days now and this morning,there has been some light red discharge which turned brown once it stayed on my underwear.my periods are 2 days late. Could their be a problem.please doc help

    • every woman during reproductive ages can have temporary problems with menstrual cycle because of stress, travel, overwork, loneliness, etc. – if it happen only once, it is not a big deal

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