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What is Dark Brown Discharge?

Dark Brown Discharge is one of common concerns of girls and women. Not all cases of dark brown vaginal discharge are cause for concern. Dark brown vaginal discharge is most often associated with old endometrial tissues. If your period is late you might get dark 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. Dark brown discharge may happen right after periods, and is just “cleaning out” your vagina. Old blood looks dark brown.

Women who have a regular menstrual cycle, know very well as to when to expect their periods. Due to this, any change in the regular pattern can cause anxiety and worry. Due to this, if the woman observes dark brown discharge during the time she is not expecting her periods, it can be disturbing. In most cases dark brown vaginal discharge is not a serious condition and can be treated with some dietary as well as lifestyle changes. But sometimes dark brown discharge could be a symptom for serious problems.

There are several causes for dark brown discharge.

Dark Brown Discharge Causes

It is always better to know all possible causes for dark brown discharge which can be useful for prevention, early diagnosis and in time treatment (if needed).

Dark Brown Discharge in puberty

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 dark brown discharge before your first period. Your first period can also look like dark brown.

Dark brown discharge

Dark brown discharge

Dark Brown Discharge & Endometrium

Endometrium is a mucous membrane which lines the uterus and thickens so that a fertilized egg can attach itself to this lining. But if partners use contraception and if pregnancy does not occur, this lining disintegrates and is thrown out of the body in the form of menstrual blood. These endometrial tissues have different layers and are completely shed during menstruation. However, sometimes due to some reason, certain parts of the uterine lining may not be able to shed completely. Due to this, the person may experience dark brown discharge after period or may be before the beginning of the next periods. As the blood is a little old, it becomes dark brown in color.

Dark Brown Discharge during ovulation

Some women experience dark brown discharge just in the middle of the menstrual cycle. If you experience dark brown discharge between periods, it is most likely because of ovulation. In most cases women with average 28-30 days menstrual cycle have ovulation on 14th – 16th day – as the mature egg releases from the ovary, some women experience a little bleeding which is usually called “ovulation spotting”. In most cases the combination of dark brown discharge with short abdominal cramps indicate ovulation day.

Dark Brown Discharge during stress

How many time we are facing stress! – Love, danger, fear, abuse, exams, conflicts, work, personal relations, misunderstandings, fight, sadness, diseases, death, etc.

Eating disorders, dieting, drug use, and reliance on stimulants like caffeine and alcohol are also interpreted by the body as kinds of stress. Poor nutrition seems to physically change the proteins in the brain so they can no longer send the proper signals for normal ovulation.

When we are under stress, our adrenal glands are designed to produce the hormone called stress hormones (cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline) which have direct impact on the sex hormones (mainly estrogens and progesterone). Estrogens and progesterone are responsible for development of the endometrium (internal lining of the uterus). Sex hormones are also responsible for normal regular menstrual cycles.

When a woman is subjected to extreme stress and depression, the inner lining of the uterus becomes thin. This thin lining means that there is a delay in shedding the endometrial wall. This delay will cause the blood to oxidize and become discolored – often like dark brown discharge. Scientists discovered the correlation between chronic stress, irregular periods and dark brown discharge.
It was hypothesized that women with higher stress levels would be more likely to experience abnormal cycles and unexpected dark brown discharge. Many women after stress could have irregular periods and/or dark brown discharge instead of period, and/or irregular dark brown discharge.

Dark Brown Discharge during pregnancy

Dark brown discharge during pregnancy is always alarming symptom and special attention should be paid to it. Although many pregnant women could have dark brown discharge during whole pregnancy without any serious reason but sometimes the dark brown discharge during pregnancy could be a signal of some serious conditions.

Dark brown discharge in early pregnancy is very common and can be an indication that one has conceived. This usually occurs a few days after conception (when the fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine lining) – it is called implantation bleeding. This type of dark brown discharge during pregnancy lasts for 3-4 days and is usually very light.

Dark brown discharge during pregnancy could be observed if woman have cervical sensitivity, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and/or genital HPV.

Sometimes during pregnancy dark brown discharge could be a signal for serious threats such as ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage and/or molar pregnancy.

However, if you experience dark brown discharge any time during pregnancy, it is better to contact your doctor.

Young woman with dark brown discharge

Young woman with dark brown discharge

Dark Brown Discharge & Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

Other reasons that can give rise to the occurrence of dark brown discharge in women are vaginal infections including sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) – gonorrhea, genital warts, Chlamydia. However, in this case, along with vaginal discharge, one may also experience other symptoms which include pain, burning sensation, infertility, loss of appetite and/or vomiting.

Dark Brown Discharge during cervical dysplasia

Dark brown discharge is typical for cervical dysplasia.
Cervical dysplasia is precancerous changes of the epithelial cells that line the cervix. Risk increases with multiple sexual partners, sexual activities before age 18, childbirth before age 16, or a past history of STDs.

Dark Brown Discharge & polyps

Dark brown discharge could be a symptom of cervical and/or uterine polyps.
Cervical polyps can bleed when touched during intimacy. Cervical polyps are smooth, red or purple, finger-like growths that grow out of the mucus layer of the cervix or the cervical canal. Cervical polyps are extremely fragile, extending out of the cervix, and easily and painlessly removed.

Uterine polyps occur when the endometrium overgrows causing these protrusions into the uterus. Women with uterine polyps frequently experience dark brown bleeding between periods, after sex, dark brown spotting and bleeding after menopause.

Dark Brown Discharge after intercourse

Although many women will notice small amounts of blood or dark brown discharge after sexual intercourse, it is less common to notice more moderate or larger amounts of dark brown discharge during intimacy.
Main causes of the dark brown discharge during and/or after intercourse include hymen tears, pregnancy, cervical dysplasia, inflammations and/or irritations, adenomyosis, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), vaginal yeast infection and cervical polyps.

Dark Brown Discharge & contraception

Dark brown discharge

Dark brown discharge

Dark brown vaginal discharge can be one of side effects of birth control pills. Dark brown discharge caused by birth control is an unpleasant and embarrassing problem that many women deal with monthly – it is just a signal of some hormonal changes developed by birth control pills. Birth control pills are responsible for decreased concentrations of estrogens and progesterone – both responsible for endometrial normal development. As a result the lining of the uterus is becoming so thin that it sometimes sloughs off a little bit and appearing as unpleasant unexpected dark brown discharge. In most cases dark brown discharge is usually old blood or tissue from uterus.

Other reason for dark brown discharge during birth control pills could be missed pills. Missed pills are disturbing the whole hormonal mechanisms and “upsetting” the endometrium. Taking birth control pills at precisely the same time every day may help during brown discharge.

Dark brown discharge and/or brown spotting are pretty common side effects of morning after pills (Emergency Contraception). Some women could have dark brown discharge/spotting or bleeding within the first week of taking morning after pills.

Dark brown discharge is one of unpleasant side effects of intrauterine devices (IUD) especially for hormonal IUDs (Mirena). During first 6 months with Mirena you could experience dark brown discharge. Main causes for dark brown discharge during Mirena use are hormonal disturbances and/or infections (vaginal infections and/or pelvic infections). In both cases the endometrium (internal uterine lining) is damaged.

Dark Brown Discharge during menopause

As women approach 45-50 the menopause is also approaching. Women in perimenopause and/or menopause start having irregular periods (often rare periods every 3-6 months). During menopause, women no longer have a period but women could experience light bleeding or dark brown discharge. A condition during menopause known as atrophy can also cause the dark brown discharge. Atrophy occurs when the blood vessels within the uterine lining become weak and spontaneously burst, causing dark brown discharge.

Experiencing dark brown discharge instead of period is very common in perimenopausal and/or menopausal women. During this period women experience hormonal changes, irregular periods and some other menopause symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, body ache, depression, foul urine odor, etc.

Dark Brown Discharge during Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

One of the most serious problems which can cause the dark brown vaginal discharge is pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). This disease occurs due to the infection on the ovaries, uterus lining, fallopian tubes, cervix and the vagina. This is commonly seen in women who have sexual contact with more than one partner. Apart from dark brown vaginal discharge some other typical symptoms could be noted such as abdominal pain, painful menstruation, pain during sexual intercourse, infertility, fewer, etc.

Dark Brown Discharge after hysterectomy

Dark brown vaginal discharge after hysterectomy could last several weeks after surgery and it may have some specific vaginal odor. The amount will vary depending on patient activities but is often more noticeable two weeks after surgery.
Main causes for smelly dark brown discharge after hysterectomy include bacteria and/or virus and/or other vaginal infections such as yeast infection and Chlamydia. These infections could originate from the vagina. Since after hysterectomy the immune system is weakened due to the surgery, these microorganisms could take over.

As after hysterectomy women would not have more periods, dark brown discharge could be disturbing. Women should expect brown vaginal discharge for several weeks after surgery. Sometimes vaginal discharge can be pink and may have a slight odor. The amount will vary depending on women activities but is often more noticeable two weeks after surgery when you begin passing some of the absorbable stitches. If you are flowing like a period or you begin passing clots the size of your thumb or larger, notify your doctor.
After hysterectomy women could experience dark brown vaginal discharge combined with bloating, pain on the abdominal area, fever, chills, nausea, vomiting and weakness.

Sometimes dark brown vaginal discharge after hysterectomy could be a symptom of HPV (human papilloma virus) or UTI (urinary tract infection).

Dark Brown Discharge during cervical cancer

Cervical cancer is surely the most serious as well as the most dangerous cause of dark brown discharge. This type of cancer is usually caused by the virus HPV which is spread through sexual contacts. Some of the risk factors that can cause cervical cancer include having sex at a young age, having multiple sex partners, weakened immune system, etc. Other than dark brown vaginal discharge, some other symptoms of cervical cancer include unexpected weight loss, pelvic pain, loss of appetite, fatigue, etc.


  1. I am 17 and it’s been almost a week since my period that I’ve had this brown discharge. There is no pain wwith it except when it first happened. As though a period cramp . Shoukd I be worried .

    • If it happened only once – no problem but if it will be regular – better know the causes.

      • Iam having 27 -29 day cycle. This month I have 3 day normal menstruation and on 4th day low bleeding and i thought my menstrution stopped finally I notice dark brown discharge. .

        • it is not a problem – could be stress, tiredness, overwork, etc.

      • I am 17 years old. I had sex only once for the first time almost 4 months ago. For the past two weeks I have felt cramping in my lower stomach and have had brown discharge. My period came only 3 days ago. Can you please tell me what’s going on??

        • many women have brown discharge before period


  2. I’ve had dark brown discharge for a week and a half now and sometimes have symptoms of a bladder infection (pressure when peeing, cloudy pee, etc) but this only happened in the beginning, 1.5 weeks ago. what could this be? I do not have a family doctor to see and haven’t been able to get into a walk-in clinic.

  3. Been getting pains, sometimes it’s tolerable, goes away for a few days or its bad and need to take ibuprofen. Brown discharge for over a week. Not sexually active, I’m 33, and I have a good appetite, not loss of weight, or weakness. What am I going through. Frustrated

  4. I have been having this brown discharge for a while now and with it I have been having sudden sharp pain on top of my belly button and to the left (in the upper left quadrant). I have been quite stressed and I’ve also been having more caffeine than usual. Should I be concerned of anything in particular?

  5. hey. I’ ve been having dark brown spotting after my period for 3 days now. it has some ugly clots in it. Am currently on the mini-pill for about a year and half.
    how can I stop it?

  6. I am a mother of 2.5 year.I have regular period slightly painful sex.since last two times I am observing brown spotting after sex.I never had this before.I m not having any pain as such.after some brown discharge it is again white discharge.l don’t know what to do.I m very worried.Please help.

    • better to visit your gynecologist – could be cervical bleeding (after delivery complications)

  7. I had sex with my boyfriend yesterday, and after intercourse I have been leaking brown mucus in my underwear. Did he rip something?

  8. I have brown discharge and my period was a week ago.I am nauseous, fatigued, and confused. What’s going on?

  9. Ive been having very bad urination urgency lately as well as brown discharge but I had my period last week. The discharge appears most during sex what could this be

  10. Hi
    I am 18 and am having dark brown to purplish discharge it comes out as clot in mucus and blood it’s been 2 days and my periods have still not occurred. I am having pain in my lower abdomen. Is it serious as to consult doctor?
    Is due my exams nowadays. …
    I am soo confused.plz do tell me.

  11. I was pleasuring myself when all of the sudden I noticed that I had brown stuff on my hand and it was all over EVERYTHING. I have a week and a half until my next period and I’m on birth control for ovarian cyst prevention. This morning my stomach was bloated and firm. It hurt when I pressed on the lower left side of it. I’ve had small amounts of brown stuff one or two times during sex in the past year. It’s never hurt at all when it happens. What could it be? Is it related to another cyst?

    • it could be polyp of cervix or something else – better to check with gynecologist

  12. I had my period 2 weeks ago and me and my boyfriend had sex twice in the middle of last week but it was protected sex. On Thursday I started bleeding red blood and then it turned into a thick dark brown type of thing later that night. Since then I’ve been having a heavy dark brown flow. What is it?

  13. Hello,
    Im 20 and not sexually active. I have been getting a brown discharge after my period. My period usually only lasts around 3 days and my mom suggested that it was just a body change or old blood that didn’t come out. But it keeps reoccurring and now sometimes it comes out as a dark clot in mucus. I am not having any pains. What do you think it might be?

    • many females have 3 days period with following discharge (just internal cleaning)

  14. I’m 19. I’ve been having brown spotting, and today I found a large dark brown/black clot. I have severe health anxiety (severe hypochondria), and as such, I always come to the worst conclusions (cancer). This is the second month it has happened. My periods are normal in terms of colour, consistency, amount, duration, etc. The last time I had sex was a month ago. I took emergency contraception and got my period a week after. It was normal, if not slightly heavier. Also, my discharge changes right before the spotting. It becomes runnier and increases in amount. Sex does not hurt, I do not bleed after sex, and I have not had cramps. I have not had sudden weight loss or fatigue. Could it be stress? I am a student and for the past few months I have been under incredible amounts of stress, and my anxiety does not help whatsoever.

    • could be stress or long-term side effect after emergency contraception – nothing to worry about – keep your emotions controlled and try to be always positive and happy

  15. Hi Ian married and my husband and I are planning for a baby. So on the 28th if March I had this brown discharge and it was lasting for 5 days and the next two days a little red colour. I was worried but finally it stopped. Again on the 11 a fine Saturday we had intercourse but unprotected. Just after it I showered and wondered y am I bleeding and so till day Ian bleeding and it is of reddish colour with mucus. Can you tell me the reason. We weren’t sexual active much. But previously after my marriage I never had this problem

    • sometimes women could have miscarriage at very early stages and it looks like abnormal period – check pregnancy test

  16. Hello ,
    I am 17 this is the first time I have gotten a brown discharge, I am not sexually active. I am between my period cycle, not experiencing pain but it’s already been over a week since it started, and now it seems to be getting thicker. Is this something I should be worried about?

  17. Hi for the last 2 months I have been bleeding every two weeks for about 5 days. it is mainly dark brown discharge With a red tinge. I get really tired and heavy feeking in my abdomen.
    Should I be worried?

    • I would recommend urgently to visit your gynecologist – could be hormonal dysfunctions, side effect from contraception, infection BUT the worst could be Trophoblastic Tumor – check in –

  18. I was riding my bike a few days ago and it’s been a while since I have. Ever since then, I’ve been having dark brown discharge, but my period isn’t due until the first week of next month and it’s been regular considering I’ve been on birth control pills for years. I don’t have any abdomen pain, although sometimes when I urinate its a bit cloudy. What should I do?

  19. I haven’t missed a pill. I wake up to my alarm every day at 4:57am specifically to take my pill and because of work.

    • sometimes exercises also can provoke brown discharge

  20. I am 27, mother of 2 (6 and 6mo). Recently I have been experiencing pain during intercourse as well as bleeding afterward. I have had a thick, dark brown discharge for a little over a week now. It’s about the flow of a light period. But my period ended 2 weeks ago. I have pretty strong, constant cramping and am feeling extremely tired. I have been diagnosed with HPV and have had abnormal paps test durring pregnancy. I called to schedule a doctors appointment but it is for next month. Should I see a doctor sooner?

    • sooner is better (especially if you already had abnormal pap test) – early diagnosis and early treatment has more guaranty for full recovery – tell them that you had abnormal pap test and they will schedule early meeting

  21. Hello – I’m near mid thirties (no children), and two years ago stopped the pill since being on for ~13 years. Ever since stopping the pill I have regular spotting (dark brown/light brown/dark red) that starts around 9 days post ovulation (usually 4-5 days before period). Sometimes I only have it for 3 days before my period starts, but 4-5 days is most common. It starts off very light and gets a little heavier closer to my period – it’s no where near as heavy as a period or even a light period. My temps stay high and my luteal phase is always 13-14 days long (seems like normal progesterone).

    You mentioned “old endometrial lining” and this seems like what may be happening as my periods are still pretty light compared to pre-pill and they taper off to this same kinda spotting. You mentioned dietary and lifestyle factors that may help with this “old lining”. Can you share what those are? I’m normal weight, have no pain, hardly any PMS either, and have had normal paps my whole life every year. Thanks for sharing.

    • 1) I would strongly recommend pregnancy (if you have a good candidate) – because pregnancy is the best hormonal refreshment for women and looks you need one (to rid off “old lining”);
      2) natural remedies for amenorrhea can regulate menstrual flow and they can be effective for your conditions – check in –

  22. Hi, I haven’t had sex in 9 months. Me and my boyfriend do have sexual activities tho. Anyways, my period was over a week ago and the last couple times he fingered me, I started to bleed alittle so each time we stopped. Since Friday night, I’ve been having dark brown discharge. I did read all of the possible reasons of why but I just want to know your opinion personally. This never happened to me until now. I’m very confused and worried..

    • if it happened only once after fingering – could be small vaginal trauma;
      if it happened few times – could be cervical polyp or cervical inflammation.

  23. hi i am a 33yrs old married woman…since 5 months i have been experiencing brown discharge exactly in between my period cycle of 30 days quantity of discharge is very less…i have no other symptoms..also had my ultrasound done all seems to be fine..
    two days ago suddenly i again had brown discharge quantity of discharge still very less and i was shocked..i had that bit of discharge today period is due this weekend…is it too serious..please help thankyou

  24. My period ended on Sunday, usually its ok to have sex on the last day of my period and it was but the next day my boyfriend and I had sex again and it almost like brought my period back in a sense. Now today I’m still getting a little discharge but its light light brown. I’m wondering if it should be lasting this long or maybe the sex did something. I don’t know. Thanks.

    • sex trigger additional uterus contractions and “uterine cleaning” continues – nothing to worry about; but it is always useful to know all possible causes for bleeding after sex – see in –

  25. hello…i am scared to death i have been suddenly having slight brown discharge for three days now when my period is due in couple of days…i am in mid 30s have no children….i am over weight..regular every month cycle…i never had ovulation discharge but have this also has started since 6-7 months now…no other symptoms..
    am i close to menopause or is this a symptom of anything serious..please help me doc i am really scared..

    • FIRST, nothing to be scared; SECOND, women sometimes could have brown discharge depending on hormonal fluctuations; THIRD, it has nothing to do with menopause; FOURTH, see everything about brown discharge before period in –

      • thankyou so much for your advice doctor…i am feeling better now..

  26. My last period was from April 1-7 and starting the 23rd I’ve been having brown discharge, but no pain or cramping. I don’t think I’m ovulating, but I don’t think my period is due yet either. I have a non hormonal IUD but I’ve had it since 2012. I have not had sex since my last period. This is unusual and troubling.., any ideas?

    • sometimes IUD can move and scratch endometrium (internal line of uterus) or internal line in the cervix – just be sure your pap-test is OK – see in –

  27. Hi iv had the merina coil for just over 4 years , the last few days iv had a thick brown / black discharge and bad pains in my stomach.
    What could this be ?
    I’m not sexually attive either .

  28. Hi, I have had the contraceptive implant in place for 3 months now and have had 2 periods since the insertion. Ahead of each period I have had a day or 2 of brown discharge but this is followed by a normal period. However after the second period had finished the brown discharge resumed and has continued now for over 1 week. I also have the symptoms of pain during intercourse (I feel more sensitive in a painful rather than pleasurable way), vaginal dryness (also not helping the intercourse despite using water based lubes) and general itching and soreness around the entrance to the vagina. I have been stressed recently so I’m not sure if it’s a combination of stress and hormonal changes/ lack of oestrogen (as its a progesterone only contraception) or something I should be more concerned about. I am only 23 and want to have children in the future. Please can you advise me on when (i.e. after how long of experiencing the discharge)/ if I should seek further medical advise or what to try independently ahead of going to the doctors. Thanks

  29. Hi,

    I’m 30 yrs old, married and trying to conceive for the past 5 months. My husband’s family asked me to take arasa maram illai juice for 40 days to clean uterus.
    I did complete 40 days but spotting doesn’t stop even after 2 weeks. bit worried.
    Spotting is on and off. It’s 34th day now- my second period after illai juice is pendding. No heavvy bleeding.
    V hardly had sex in these 40 days.
    Please advice.
    I’m planning to meeet the doc shortly.

  30. I’ve starting been getting brown discharge and a slight crapimg pain, my last period was 3 days ago and the last time I had sex was two weeks ago

    • If it happened only once, it could be uterus contractions and cleaning from “old blood”

  31. I haven’t had a period for almost 3 years, I have a 2 1/2 year old and a 10 month old. No period between the two. I got my first period 20 days ago now I am having cramps and really dark clump/stringy blood. I am still breast feeding. Should I be concerend or is it my body just trying to get back regular?

    • it is normal for breastfeeding period

  32. My boyfriend and I decided to try sticking his penis is without a condom for te first time, but because we decided we don’t want a baby right now he only went in once & pulled out. After a while of that happening I went to the bathroom & saw some brown discharge.. It also happened once the day after in the middle of the day. Could anyone please tell me why that is?

    • most probably you just had a small vaginal “trauma” – nothing to worry about

  33. In the past, I always had normal cycles and normal flow. I went on the NuvaRing from 2008-2013. A few months after going off of birth control, I started having dark brown/black bleeding during my periods (as well as 2-4 days before) that last 6-10 days, including one day of light amount of red bleeding on the first day of my periods. I was diagnosed with endometriosis in November 2014 and had a laparoscopy in March 2015. I have been trying to get pregnant since 2013. My question is… do you think the dark brown blood is from endometriosis or something else? Should I be worried? Is there a way to fix it? After my laparoscopy, I had one cycle of normal bleeding but this last cycle it has gone back to it’s usual dark brown bleeding. Thank you.

    • Also, if it matters… I take my BBT every morning and know that I am definitely ovulating and do not have a luteal phase defect. However, my cycles vary from 28-30 days, sometimes a little shorter than that and sometimes a little longer. Thanks again.

    • brown discharge is a common symptom for endometriosis

  34. Hi there.
    For the past two weeks I have been getting brown discharge. I have PCOS and scans have shown ovarian cysts are present. I’ve very irregular periods and initially believed the brown dischsrge was the start of a period but it has not since started. I’ve recently changed my eating habits to become more healthy and have started to lose weight due to it. Could this be a factor?
    I am sexually active and currently sitting my university finals, but I would not consider myself stressed.
    Thanks for the help.

  35. I have had dark brown discharge now for over a year and a half, this started whilst I had the implant in my arm, but was also followed with normal bleeding too. Since having that removed last October I have been on nacrez and I am have just dark brown discharge and no other bleeding, I find this very frustrating as when I tell my GP I am asked what I want them to do about it! It’s extremely embarrassing and a real inconvenience, I have also noticed that it is causing an awful smell too, I am very hygienic and have never had this issue before so I am becoming more and more concerned, I know people say it is just “normal” when taking contraceptives but surely this should have stopped by now?

  36. Hi, I’ve been having brown discharge for almost two weeks. It’s either there when I wipe or sometimes there’s some on my underwear. I have been on birth control for over 2 years and my periods are regular and everything is normal after that. I had my period and started a new pill pack on time. I had clear discharge for about 3 days after starting the new pack and then I had sex. A day or so after is when I started noticing the brown spotting. It has been getting darker since the first step day. I have no pain or other symptoms. This is the first time this has happened ever. What is going on?

    • could be missed pill or pill”s side effect

  37. Hi i am 18. I had dark brown discharge about three times in the last couple weeks. My vagina kind of itches & burns sometimes. Is there a way to treat this at home?

    • vaginal itching+burning=vaginal infection – you need lab test for proper treatment

  38. I am 18 years old & after 6 month without being sexually active & then starting again with the same person. I started to have a brown discharge. It comes & it goes & sometime I get pain like cramps. this has never happened to me. & I’ve been curious of what’s happening to me.Help ?

    • sex trauma? – sex excitement?

  39. Hi, I’m 18 years old. I’ve had lower back pains that come and go for the last few weeks now. I sometimes get sharp shooting pains from my vagina that shoot up to my stomach. Yesterday I got very dark brown discharge and my period starts in a week. I have not had sex since my last period. Do you think the symptoms could be related?

  40. I’m 18 I’m very irregular on my period I get one about once a year and I woke up this morning with red blood in my underwear and when I wiped. But when I got home from school and checked and nothing was there but when I wiped it was a brown color?? Should I be worried?

    • I also have unprotected sex almost every week but I’m very irregular like I said

      • sometimes even during irregular periods you can get pregnant

    • irregular periods means hormonal dysfunctions and brown discharge could happen but always pregnancy should be excluded

  41. I’m on the pill that you take for three months at a time. My period should have ended two weeks ago but I have had a thick brownish discharge to the point I have to use a tampon. I do have an auto immune disease and am on many medications. I have also been under a lot of stress. How long can this go on for? How long should I let it go before going t the gyno? Thanks.

    • stress!+hormonal contraception+auto+immune disease = brown discharge – it could be pretty long

  42. Hi
    Ive changed pill bout a 2 months a go ive always had regular periods until this one ive had 2 days of brown discharge and iy wasnt alot it was like wen i wiped to go to go to the toilet thats the only time it came out havent needed to wear tampon or pads all this period amd normally i do its weird im currently 5 days into my period amd still nuffin and this morning got a sharp pain in my pelvic area sorry its so much information be great if you can help

    • just body adaptation to new pills

  43. Hi im 17and freaking out badly. I havent had my period for two month and last month I got a deposit shot to help with my irregular period and because im recently sexually active. Shortly after my shot we had protected sex. Since then my stomachs been firmer and hurts extremely badly every day, so much I bust into tears. I have been going threw horrible stress and now im having dark brown thick discharge id like to have a opinion on what could be wrong

  44. I am 2 weeks late to get my periods and now I get this thick brown discharge. I normally don’t have a proper menstrual cycle. I dont knw what Iis wrong please help me

    • hormonal dysfunctions or pregnancy

  45. I’ve been having brown discharge after intercourse. I have no pain. This is the first time this had happened and I’ve been going through this for about 3-4 days. Should I be worried?

    • It started after my period went off.

    • don’t worry – sometimes after sex women experience it

  46. I had unprotected sex in March and took a plan B 1 step, a week later my period came for 14 days (late March to early April) my period them came late April-early May but now about a week after my period ended I’m experiencing this brown discharge, it started off looking a little reddish pink then light brown now its dark brown. I haven’t been active since March. But i am very worried.

  47. I am 43. I have recently become sexually active again after a long gap, and using condoms. My cycle is usually 25-26 days. Yesterday, on day 27, I had some very dark brown blood that was not very heavy, and I thought this was the start of my period. Today, all I have is still dark brown discharge. This month I had more severe PMS symptoms than usual, so much so that I was worried I was pregnant. I have had bloating and cramps. Not sharp pains, but uncomfortable. My breasts were also enlarged and tender, but seemed better as of yesterday. I took 2 pregnancy tests and both were negative. This is unusual for me and I am worried that I might actually be pregnant and that I tested too early, or that there is something else wrong, since this is unusual for me.

  48. I had finished my period on May 4th. Today is May 18th and my bf and I have had sex twice in between (no condom, pulled out, take my birth control regularly same time everyday) May 11th and May 17th are the two dates we’ve had sex. Today I woke up with a tiny amount of dark brown discharge, Throughout the day a few drops have come out (just like the beginning stages of my period.) Won’t be getting my next period for another two weeks but am scared that I’m pregnant (since everything online seems to say so.) With the discharge I have been having very light cramping.

    • sometimes after intensive sex you could have cramping+brown discharge

  49. I had 18 days of brown discharge followed by my period. I’m scared to death. I had gotten off birth control almost two years ago. My periods haven’t been the same since the birth control. After I got off birth control, I didn’t have my period for 9 months.

    • sometimes birth control pills (if used long) can have long-term side effects – it could be hormonal dysfunctions

  50. hi,I’m 25 and for past 3 months i’ve been having brown discharges for more than a week after my normal period(which lasts 5-6 days) and near the end it get’s bright red.i’m not sexually active and I’ve had infections before but i’m a bit concern it’s due to malignancy..i’m really worried since it seems to have an unusual routine,i’d be glad to know your opinion,thanks.

    • don’t worry – does not look like malignant – could be stress or infection

  51. my boyfriend masturbated me & 3 hours after, I peed and found dark brown discharge on my napkin (I run out of pantyliners so I used napkin instead). not just a spot but not a heavy discharge, too. my menstruation is regular and it should be next week. What do you think it is? Is this something I should worry of?

    • it could be vaginal trauma

      • What does that mean? What do I have to do?

  52. I am 6 years out from Acute Myeloid Leukemia. I have been told this does not raise my risk for other cancers, but i still worry. The past few months, I have had different types of discharge at various points in my cycke. I am usually very regular, and I know my body extrememly well. I know when I am ovulating, and this time, I am having dark brown discharge. My period this time was very short. 4 days, and its usually 7. Should i be worried? I am 37, and Ive had my tubes tied.

  53. I had the copper IUD put in beginning of January this year my periods have been regular however this month I am currently losing brown discharge and 10 days late. I lost spotting yesterday of brown stuff but more today, I generally have very heavy periods and generally only get a small brown discharge at the end of my period. Any ideas what it could be??

    • pregnancy OR side effect of IUD – sometimes women could have pregnancy with IUD

  54. I’m 23 and my period ended on the 12th. My boyfriend and I had protected sex around the 14th and as far as I know nothing went wrong. But on the 24th morning I woke up with dark brown spotting and it has continued on and off for three days now. This has never happened to me before so I’m quite worried. What could it be?

    • could be pregnancy?

  55. Is there anything to get rid of the brown discharge after your period? It’s gross.

  56. My cycle is irregular and I just took a depo shot like a month ago. Now I’m having a thick brown discharge and sharp pains shooting inside of my vagina. Can you tell me what might be going on?

    • it is very typical side effect of Depo

  57. Im 20yrs old, been on the pill since last summer since 19yrs old. I recently had a two day delay in my period and afterwards Ive been done with my period for 2-3 days and after intercourse with my boyfriend im alway having a dark brown discharge to clean up its really gross. I have no pain, im very clean and ive had no other partners but him. What does this indicate

    • sometimes uterus “cleaning” from menstrual blood is happening slow and you could have brown discharge for few days

  58. I am 17 and I started the pill about a month and a half ago. I have never missed a pill and I take them at the same time every day. I have had dark brown discharge for about 3 days now and my period ended about 2 weeks ago. Since I am on the pill, it is not due to ovulation. Should I be concerned?

  59. I am 16 and I have been having a heavy amount of dark brown discharge the past 5 days. It started right after i finished my period, which was at least a week early this month. I am not on birth control or sexualy active. What could it be?

    • you are still young and your hormones are changing

  60. Yes i currently had my period about a week ago… And i woke up lastnight to something wet in my underwear i went to the bathroom and there was light-dark brown discharge… It is my second night now and ots still there should o be worried what coud it be ive neber ever had anything like it before

    • sometimes after uterus cramping you could have late “uterine self-cleaning” – it could happen after sex, after disturbed sleep, etc.

  61. Sorry im 22years old and im a mother of 2 a 4month soon to be 5 months and a 3 year old. After i noticed the discharge ive had slight cramps. Got two big pimples on my face. Headaches that drive me crazy and sorr breasts

    • looks you are are experiencing a lot of pressure and stress – it is not easy to take care of small children – GOOD bless you!
      if you had unprotected sex – you could be pregnant; but in general stress could provoke hormonal disturbances

  62. I am currently a little over 2 weeks late but am always like clockwork, exactly 28 days between periods. I have had my tubes tied for 7 years but had an ectopic pregnancy last year. 3 days ago is started having light brown spotting but today it is a good bit heavier but still brown. No red at all. I took a pregnancy test when I was 1 week late that was negative. What in the world could be going on? I have no real symptoms of anything pregnancy or menstrual related.

    • 2 possibilities – another ectopic pregnancy or menstrual dysfunction – are experiencing stress?

  63. I had my first sexual intercourse the 21 of may and I did it again the 23. Since the night of the 24 until now (31 of may) I had been having a brownish discharge. It doesn’t hurt. It doesn’t smell. And my period isn’t supposed to come until the 4th of June. What is it? Is it normal? Is it a symptom of pregnancy? Please help.

    • you actually had your first sexual contact in the middle of cycle (ovulation fertile period) – I hope you had protected sex – but in general after first intercourse many women have bleeding and/or brown discharge – discover more in –

  64. Hey
    I’m 17 and usually have regular periods but it’s been about 3 weeks and for the last 2 days it’s been thick and brown but not lots of it.
    Haven’t had sex for over a month, but I’ve changed my eating pattern and am now eating less and eating healthier, could this be the cause?

  65. Hi I’m 18 years old and I’ve never been sexually active. I only had my last period two weeks ago but a couple days ago I noticed slight brown spotting. It’s gotten heavier last night and today. It doesn’t smell and has black clots. I’m having bad cramps and a bit of diarrhea. I have an anxiety disorder which causes a lot of stress. This has never happened to me before. What could it be?

  66. I’m 24, married and I’ve gained weight in the last few months. We both are trying to conceive. From the past 5 months I’m having regular periods which means 28 to 30 days cycle but on the 14th or 16th day, I’m getting 2 to 3 days discharge just like periods with dark brown clots and cramps in the ovary areas. I’m really stressed out. Is this something serious? Am I going to conceive with this issue? Please help!!

  67. I used to have very consistent periods but now I will go months without it and have spotting in between. I have had dark brown, almost black discharge on and off for the last 6 months. Now it has been happening a lot the last 5 days. Should I be concerned?

  68. Hi!! I am 23, no kids. I have been off of depoprovera for 3-4 months now…..I had been spotting the whole time I was on depo (dark brown/dark red thick), and had short periods. They were difficult to predict and most of the time wasn’t sure if they were actually my period. I was having cramps during after sex, bleeding as well. The l started a more physically demanding job and noticed I would have heavy discharge always dark brown or dark red after lifting heavy things…..I would come home and it would go away. I’ve been on vacation for 3 weeks now and I’ve still having that problem, the more active my day is the more discharge I have. It is very frustrating, I was hoping that after being off the depoprovera everything would start going back to normal…I’m not on any birth control at the moment.

    • better to visit your doctor and exclude old miscarriage or hormonal dysfunctions

  69. Hi!

    I have had black/brown clots and brown discharge from my vagina for years now. On and off. My gynecologist noticed it once and cleared it out, stating it smelled somewhat like tobacco (I have never inserted anything like that into myself, and neither has anyone else). She didn’t personally know what it was.
    Since then I’ve had it on and off, but it’s been here for nearly a week now. I have not had my period (I am on nexplanon) and I’m not supposed to get it, I do not believe it has anything to do with my cycle. I also have only had one sexual parter and we’re both clean (I’m not pregnant, either!).

    What could this be? Please help.

    • it is very typical and common side effect of Nexplanon; this is extract from Wikipedia for you:
      “Side effects:
      Irregular bleeding and spotting may occur: Many women will experience some type of irregular, unpredictable, prolonged, frequent, or infrequent bleeding when using Nexplanon or Implanon.[6] Some women also experience amenorrhea. For some women, prolonged bleeding will decline after the first three months of use. However, other women may experience this bleeding pattern through all three years of use. While these patterns are not dangerous, they are the most common reason that women give for discontinuing the use of the implant. After removal, bleeding patterns return to previous patterns in most women.

      • The only problem is I’ve had the clots discharge before I had nexplanon as well. :/

        • may be you were using other hormonal contraception?
          if you had this problem before using any contraception – you could have internal polyps – it is contra-indication for hormonal contraception – you should have proper treatment before having any contraception; – histeroscopy can discover the real cause

  70. Hello, i was hoping for some insight on what might be going on with my body. i have been spotting dark brown for almost 2weeks and within that time my breasts have been hard and sore (like im about to start my period) and then i feel a small lump right above my aureola, about the size of a grape and has a point on it (my sister had one that turned out to be nothing so im hoping thats all it is!) its not painful though. i have been under so much stress these past few weeks so idk if that is whats causing this but i have no pain in my pelvic area or where the lump is, just the sides of my breasts. this dark red spotting is light but just wont seem to end. im not on the pill or pregnant and have been with the same partner for 2 1/2 years and believe me when i say we are faithful to each other :)

    • pregnancy or stress (physical/emotional)?

  71. Hi,
    I’m 27 with no kids. I get my period regularly (about 3-4 days), but for the past few months I have been having brown discharge after my periods. Sometimes it looks like my periods have blood-clots. I also get a brownish discharge (sometimes mucus-like) between my periods. My boyfriend and I are sexually active. I have no pains or appetite loss. Should I be concern?

    • sexually active women sometimes can have brown discharge after period – it could be a symptom of natural slow “uterus cleaning” after period

  72. 3 months ago I had my baby, May 1st I got the IUD and I bled heavily (very heavy). Now I get this thick blackish dak brown discharge, it has been going on 2 or more weeks now and it (TMI) smells like rotting vanilla cake batter. Gross and weird I know, what could it be?

    • first your uterus needed some time for recovery (several months) but after 3 months you put IUD (which is OK according to medical protocols) – so your uterus now should do “double job” (recovery and adaptation to IUD) – it will take some time (could be few months);
      2). concerning vaginal smell you can use some natural remedies – see in –

  73. I am sixteen, I’m going to be seventeen in two months. I have never had a period, being somewhat underweight and not in good health. I have had random dark brown discharge that smells off and I don’t know why. Usually it’s just white and nothing very particular. I do not expect to have my period anytime soon and my uterus is mostly just hibernating – so then why could I have gotten such an odd discharge? I tried finding more information but most of it came down to periods and ovulation, and some of it came down to ‘seek urgent medical help’. Should I be worried?

    • 1). absence of periods at 17 called “amenorrhea” and causes could be different – check in –
      2). random brown discharge means you don’t have enough estrogen to push your uterus to have normal regular periods

  74. I’m 18 years old and I had unprotected sex with my patter of 4 years for the 3rd time. I took an emergency contraceptive pill the morning after and a week later I started bleeding.. It lasted for about a week but now I’ve have this lingering brown discharge. It hasn’t gone away. Theirs no pain or anything noticeable except that my vagina occasionally gets very itcy.
    It’s been about 2 weeks since the “period” ended and I’ve have brown/bloody discharge regularly.
    What’s wrong with me?

    • it is side effect of morning after pills – after 1-2 cycles everything will be OK

  75. I am 36 years old. Have regular periods for 5-6 days. For the very first time I got a thin brown discharge looks more like a strain on my panty liner for 4 days and stop. That happened after 1 week of my period also getting some clump cottage cheese white discharge, no itching and burning. Could this be cervical cancer? I am very scared. I am getting pain on my right leg in the bone only when I bend or put my leg in different positions. I don’t know if this is related to that.

    • 1). thin brown discharge in the middle of cycle means you had unusual ovulation with bigger follicle;
      2). cottage cheese discharge is a signal of starting yeast infection which can be stopped with natural remedies – see in –
      3). cervical cancer has different symptoms – check in –
      4). every woman should have Pap test every year which can prevent cervical cancer by discovering pre-cancer conditions – check in –

    • I am 22 years old,with my partner we always doing unprotected sex and there was no problem but now I have dark brown colour discharge in my menstruation and sometimes not in my menstruation it just comes out maybe twice a month and is not smelling, so I want to know that what is the problem. I am very scared. Please help

      • every year number of vaginal microbes can be changed and/or increase (especially after unprotected contacts) – check all possible causes of brown discharge in –

  76. I am 14. I got my last period in January. I haven’t had one since and I am not sexually active. Recently I started experiencing dark brown or black discharge. Is this my period finally coming back? Should I be worried that I’m not getting my period? What should I do? What is this brown discharge? Why haven’t o had my period in 6 months?

  77. I am 29 with 3 kids. I have had my tubes clamped 4 years ago. Have regular periods. No lifestyle changes. I had my period this month on the 2nd, and started brown spotting yesterday on the 18th. It is very light, usually only present when I wipe. My boyfriend and I take no precautions since my tubes are clamped. I am terrified of having a fourth child right now. Is it possible for my clamps to of failed after 4 years or could there be another explanation?

  78. Hello.
    I’m 17. I’m kind of concerned because i found a brown thick dishcharge in my undies today. I had the implanon in for 2 years and 9 months i haven’t gotten my period since it got taken out a month and a half ago and my doctor said i should have started by now. My boobs have increased in size my nipples have been sore for almost 2 weeks now my lower abdomen is kinda hard and i have been more tired than usual and my appetite has increased i have had unprotected sex a lot and the guy didnt pull out since i got the bar taken out. I have taken 2 pregnancy tests and they both came back negative i took one about 2 weeks ago and one tonight. Am i pregnant? What should i do?

  79. Hello!
    I am a 29 year old, sexually active woman, with a history of three parteners and no STDs records. At the end of march this year, I have started the pill (yaz) and during the first month, I had light brown discharge. After that it was ok, but this month, two days after my period had stopped, i noticed some light brown spotting. Me and my boyfriend engaged in a pretty intense sexual activity during the weekend(the spotting seemed to be passing) and today, i found some very dark brown, almost black spotting, together with a piece of dark tissue on my pad. I should mentiom that my periods after starting the pill have gotten a lot lightr, almost nothing and that i have been under a lot of stress lately. Also, i suffer from hypothyroidism. Thank you very much for your answer.

  80. Hi doc. I had unprotected sex in the month of April, the last time I got menstruation. Then Im so confused whether if Im pregnant. In the month of MAY, I had red menstruation for almost 5 days. After that, we used condom. By now, I was spotting for almost 6 days. In my first day spotting, the color of my mens is light red. Then in the next day, dark brown. The third day, light red again. Fourth day was color brown, on the fifth day was also brown and lastly color red in my last spotting by now. I dont know whether if im pregnant. I had uti when I was a child. I dont know whats the problem. Doc will you help me whats happening. Thankss

    • if you had normal (not short, not light) period after unprotected sex, it means you are not pregnant; causes for spotting can be stress, physical exercises, vaginal infections, etc. – check in –

      • Thanks doc. I already finished transvaginal & pt. It says negative and hormonal imbalance in my case. Thankyou to this site that Ive seen before and it gives me strength that im not pregnant.

  81. I am taking Yaz bcp for more than 2 years now. I May I skipped my period for the first time by not taking the placebo pills and starting a new pack of active pills. Now, I have taken all the pills from the new pack, got my period, it was a little bit heavier than usual. But after my period ended (5 days ago) I am spotting dark red strings of blood. Is it a normal side effect of the skipped period?

    • yes, it is side effect

  82. I had started my period 10 days ago and it lasted for about 4 (normal for me) but since the end of my period (6 days ago) I have been experiencing brown discharge and nausea throughout the day. No pain but I did have some cold/flu like symptoms (sore throat and feeling achy/tired) on the day after my period ended and the day after that. Should I be worried? What could be the cause of this? I am on birth control but have been for years.

    • nothing to be worried – possible causes – missed pill, side effect of pill, endometrial reaction to sickness

  83. Hi I am a mom of a 5 year old and I am 23. My past 3 periods except for the current were ever two months and then this on started a month later I have been on it for 7 weeks about 5 days ago it stopped and then the next day started a gun as a light period and no clotting at restart and now for 4 days I have been experiencing dark brown discharge mixed with bloody red discharge I have been experiencing some pelvic pain on and off and on my lower left side of abdomen is tender when pushed on. Durbin the long period two weeks of it was severely heavy and through out the whole thing except the last 5 or 6 days I experienced a lot of clotting with larch ones more than an once in diameter this is not normal for me I’m married and have only had one partner for the last 8 years I had pid when I was 14 before I was sexually active.

    • if you are not using any hormonal contraception, there could be Ovarian Cyst and/or PID – you need proper treatment

  84. Hi I’m only thirteen and I had this dark brown discharge after my period by a few days (i don’t rlly remember if it was even a week after my period but it wasn’t directly after it.) I have had this discharge for a week or so and it had no foul odor (at least not that I noticed) and no pain or anything. And then I took a flight somewhere and when I checked there was this huge amount of this discharge (this is embarrassing af) and then for like the rest of the day there was still a brown discharge but it was in small amounts. However in the middle of the next day there was no more brown discharge but instead this pinkish light blood that burnt at first but then it stopped. Plzzzz help I’m very embarrassed and didn’t tell anyone thu this is starting to rlly worry me and I dont know if I should get it checked or just continue keeping it a secret. (By the way this was not my first period and I was fasting so does it have any affects on this?)

    • don’t panic, nothing special is happening with you, just you are still very young and your hormones are very sensitive to stress, weight change, travel, etc.; just be patient, keep healthy diet, normal weight and try to relax; if vaginal burning will come back or if you would have fishy vaginal smell, you would need to go to doctor

  85. I’m 22 years old, The last period I had was about a month ago, started May 29th, and the blood during it was very dark brown, sometimes almost black. Then after my period ended, I have been spotting dark brown ever since. Also about a month ago there was an abnormal itch on one side of the outside of my vagina that would not go away for about a week or more. As I’m looking up the symptoms on the internet, some of what I am seeing is freaking me out so I hope its nothing serious. What do you think? Thank you for any feedback.

    • typical symptoms for stressed person and for women with birth control pills; only vaginal itching is typical for vaginal infection; so, if next period and month will be normal, just ignore; if you would have similar symptoms during second cycle – go to doctor.
      By the way, some natural remedies can be useful for vaginal itching – see in –

  86. I’m 24, and had my second baby 3 months ago. I had started a new birth control a little more than a month ago. I bled for 17 days. Stopped for 7 days, then started bleeding again for another 7 days. I stopped taking this birth control 3 days ago because it was giving me severe diarrhea and bad headaches. Just now I noticed I have dark brown discharge. Is this cause for concern?

    • looks like side effect of interrupted pills; give your body more time for relaxation after delivery (without any hormonal contraception!) – he can use condom for few months to let you recover

  87. Hi, I’m 19 years old and I’ve always had regular periods until I had sex for the first time (age 17), that’s when I became irregular. After the first time I had sex I didn’t get it until almost 10 months later. (I wasn’t pregnant because we used protection and I took many pregnancy test since I was freaking out and i also got tested for any stis and i was negative) During those 10 months I had light spotting everyday to the point where I had to wear panty liners. My period returned after i had sex for the second time(age 17). It was regular for a couple of months and then again it left. (We also used protection and I was negative of pregnancy and stis) Then recently two months ago I had my period but for 2 weeks (I normally had then for 5 days). It was HEAVY! I thought after that my period would go back to normal but for the past month I’ve been spotting AGAIN and I hadn’t had my period and I have not been sexually active for 2 years! Ive also experienced lower back pain and mild cramping here and there. I really want to know what’s going on and I’m really starting to freak out. I haven’t gone to the dr because my mom wants me to take teas instead which hasn’t helped at all.. I’d really appreciate your thoughts on this since I’m really concerned!

  88. Okay. So a little over a week ago i went to the doctors & they told me i had an Uti. Gave me meds through an iv, it went away so i didnt take the antibiotics. Now, im having a crazy brown discharge that is mucusy, kinda heavy, & alot even ends up in the toilet. I had my period about 3wks ago. I’ve never had this before & am FREAKING out. I’m cramping like I’m having my period but no blood at all. (My periods are unregulated though) if it was pregnancy wouldn’t the hospital have caught it when they did the urinalysis? Please help me, i have no insurance nor a family doctor.

  89. The last day of my period was June 12, immediately after I started producing very dark brown discharge. It is now July 1 and I still have the dark brown discharge along with a little blood. Normal?

    • if you are not using any contraception, it is not normal and should be reason for it (stress, infection, hormonal disturbances, travel, medication, etc.)

  90. Hello,
    Before my period started there was light pink on the toilet paper. My period hadn’t fully started but when my boyfriend was here from June 26th to the 3rd of July there was some bleeding during and after sex. My period had also started on one of the days. Bleeding stopped the day he left but now there’s brown stuff on the toilet paper.

    • it is normal reaction because you had sex around period days

  91. Hello,
    Iam 25 years old and I have been on the marina coil for 2 years and 11 months, i have never had any problems in the past with it and have no periods (I haven’t had a period in 6 years due to being on the injection for nearly 4 years previous to the marina coil) I have recently had a full STI examination and it came back all negative. December 2014 I had a smear and biopsy and I have 2nd smear and biopsy in August of this year as I have HPV and they want to keep an eye on my results if they worsen or disappear. I have had one very steady partner in the past 12 months and a couple of months ago we noticed a heavy brown thick discharge (sorry for the detail!) it is embarrassing but my partner is great about it. I do suffer from a numb ache after sex and put it down to him going “too deep” it is not every time we have sex, only occasionally. But when I do, I don’t bleed randomly, I only notice more brown discharge when I urinate. My coil is still in place as I check regularly. Any ideas would be much appreciated as I do worry. Thank you

    • you need gynecological examination

  92. Heyy, my period ended about a week ago and about two days ago i noticed really dark brown blood in my discharge while using the bathroom. (I almost always have constant discharge ranging from clear to almsot green but the doctors havent found anything wrong over the years) but ive never seen brown in my discharge this late after my period. Theres also some normal red blood in my discharge every now and then over the past couple days. I’ve never had this happen before and am totally freaked out. Its been three days and everytine i go to use the restroom i see it. Ive been using a feminine hygene wash for PH balance for a few months when i shower, could that maybe be causing this? I checked my period tracker and it told me i was on my ovulation day. Either way i’m thinking about getting checked out. I haven’t had any pain or anything just the dark brown and blood in my discharge.

  93. Age 45, 3 successful pregnancies and children in their early teens/teens. Unsuccessful IVF (no good eggs left) 2 years ago. Very regular periods up until the last 6 months and then cycles shortened from 28 to 27 to 24 and this last time 21. I thought I was going back to 28 days but on day 26 and 27 had very minor brown discharge. Sex with husband unprotected.

    I’m due for a gyn exam this month. Perimenopause? What are good questions to ask?

  94. I’ve been having dark brown discharge for a little over a week now. It’s just now becoming more red than brown. There’s very little cramping and no other discomforts. I had the contraceptive shot exactly two months ago during which I’ve had brown discharge once also lasting a little over a week.It has no smell, or rather it smells like normal discharge but not unpleasant or foul. I’m concerned about the Brown discharge although I realize it could be a side affect of the birth control. I just want to be sure.

  95. My company has just moved to really bad health plan. Looking to see if I need to pay to see gyro.

    I have had an IUD Mirena just shy of 2 years. I got it after the birth of my first child.

    I don’t have a regular period but within the last 2 months I have seen dark blood spoting around the time I would normally have a period.

    I don’t have really any pain however recently I have noticed some tenderness in my abdominal area durning sex. Every so often I have a pain in my lower abdominal area but nothing too alarming.

    I have a high pressure career and an almost 2 year old.

    Any advice is truly appreciated.


    • could be just overwork+stress+pressure BUT better to check IUD (sometimes it can move and change position – it could trigger pain)

  96. hi, I’m 22, my last period was about 3 weeks ago. I have been a little depressed/ sad lately… But idk if that’s the reason for getting dark brown gooeyish discharge.. I’ve also had a slight cramp on my left lower abdomen, once.

    • if it happened only once, could be just stress/depression – if other symptoms will come, could means something else

  97. For the last 2 months continuously I’ve had dark brown/black thick discharge (looks like meconium). At least 2 pads a day. My periods still are regular. I’m not sexually active. I went to my PA, we did a pap, wet prep, checked for yeast and BV. All neg.

  98. I ended my period on June 23rd and had a light brown discharge which is what usually happens when it ends. But it’s only gotten more frequent since then and this week I’ve noticed it turn to a bloody brown to a dark brown. I have the birth control implant in my arm and I had intercourse with my boyfriend on the 6th but it was more painful than it should have been and the discharge has only gotten darker. I don’t know if it’s because of stress or what and I’m worried.

  99. I went through 6 rounds of chemotherapy for non Hodgkin’s lymphoma last year. My last treatment was on May 27th 2014. I’ve been on the depo provera since I was 16. I’m 20 now. I have never had a period. Maybe light spotting. But no period. Just a week ago, I had intercourse and I bled a lot. Dark blood. After that, I bled for 3-4 days like a normal period and then it stopped. I started having brown discharge. And bloody brown discharge when I wipe. I bleed after intercourse and that’s it. This has gone on for a week now.. And I’m completely worried. Should I be?

    • it will be safer to visit your doctor

  100. I have had brown discharge for about 4 days now. I had unprotected sex when i was ovulating and now i have some but not all signs of pregnancy. The discharge/bleeding comes and goes and when it starts again i get cramps. could i be pregnant?

  101. I have the mirena since aug 2013 and i have a dark brown almost black discharge! M breast are sore and their is coming white stuff out! What can be wrong? I did a pregnacy teste done and there was a 1 dark and 1 light line! Please help

  102. I recently started my period but after checking my pad I noticed black discharge then it went away and the blood looked like a darker red compared to my last period that looked like a brighter red. Should this cause me to be concerned? I’ve never been sexually active or anything

    • nothing to worry about

  103. Hello, for the past 2 weeks I’ve been having a dark brown, sometimes slightly blood tinged discharge. I have yet to get my period which should’ve come 2 weeks ago. I am 19, with only 1 sexual partner, and a history of Cervical cancer in my family. I am extremely scared about this discharge I have been having. Should I get this checked out? And I am quite sure I am not pregnant.

    • I hope you are making your Pap-test regularly – visit your doctor for test and gyn examination

  104. I’m on birth control and haven’t had a period for about 4 month all of a sudden I have dark thick brown discharge with small amounts of blood it’s been 2 weeks I’ve been dealing with this.. How long will I have this and why is this happening?

    • it depends on which kind of birth control you used and how long

  105. I’m 34 years old have 2children and have had very heavy periods since they started…after deliveries at the hospital I would pass very large clots almost the size of a kiwi….also had some hem orating..the nurse said I have fibroids but not to be too concerned yet….now almost 5 years and my heavy periods are still there and now I’m having after periods a week after my period ends…almost black in color and some extra blood lots that didn’t pass during my period….should I be concerned NOW!!!

    • ultrasound check-up would be recommended – could be fibroids

  106. hey i am 24 year old, i am having dark brown spot often before and after period and this time its quite for long period 10 to 15 days. it comes and goes and its really annoying. should i be worried about that?

    • better to have gyn examination – it is safer

  107. I recently had a baby he’s 10 months old and haven’t had a period since I did have a yeast infection but that was treated but last week I had a dark discharge that lasted 2 days I have no sexual partners since my sons father left 7 months ago and thoughts?

    • most probably your hormones are “coming back” to normal (after delivery); if you are not breastfeeding, periods will come back soon

  108. So i just recently was put on birth control and ive been taking it for roughly a month and a half. my boyfriend and i had unprotected sex, mind you weve been together a year but he did pull out before he got off and now this period came unexpectedly early, and im not bleeding actual blood i am clotting dark brown blood clots with just a slight amount of blood. I need help and im not fully comfortable talking face to face to a doctor about it.

  109. So i just recently was put on birth control and ive been taking it for roughly a month and a half. my boyfriend and i had unprotected sex, mind you weve been together a year but he did pull out before he got off and now this period came unexpectedly early, and im not bleeding actual blood i am clotting dark brown blood clots with just a slight amount of blood. I need help and im not fully comfortable talking face to face to a doctor about it.

    • may be you missed one pill and it is just a side effect?

  110. I have been having dark brown discharge for almost three weeks now. There has been a lot of clotting and I have also been experiencing moderate cramping. I thought it was my period but now I am not so sure anymore. Any ideas?

  111. I have PCOS and my periods don’t have a set day. Since last October they changed drastically from the end of the month, to the beginning, to the middle, and back towards the end. Before taking birth control I didn’t get periods, only dark brown discharge. Now that I’ve been on birth control for about a year now I still get brown discharge before my periods. My periods tend to be very short, 2 days max, in June it was 4 days which is rare. July 8th I had intercourse.

    Around this time now I’m expecting my period. I’ve been having thick, dark brown discharge as usual but it’s been going on for 3 days now. There was some bright red in there as well. It usually only happens for 2 days, could this be implantation bleeding?

    I’ve been having some lower stomach pain and cramps as well. I’m very consistent in taking my birth control and on the 8th we used the “pull out method.” I know that method isn’t 100% fool proof but still. Since my period doesn’t have a set day could I just be late? What also concerns me is the fact that my period was 4 days long in June instead of the usual 2.

  112. I had unprotected sex 10 days ago, got my period 2 days later and now my period is done and i have a lot of pasty dark brown discharge.. is this a sign of pregnancy??

  113. im 25, my husband and i had a rough sex for 3 days but before that i took pill for 3 days and stopped after we had sex (we dont have sex for more than a month due long distance). There is no blood after sex until i woke up and took my bath on the next day but after how many hours i have cramps and the pain was very tolerable and i had dark blood discharge coming out and it lasted for 3 days(light period) just like i am having my monthly period. I had my period last 10th and had the spot last 24th and i have very regular periods and first time i experienced this. Can u please help me explain about thi? Thank u

    • if you had 3 days hormonal pills, it could trigger brown discharge and mess your cycle

  114. Hi. I am 22 years old and have a 1 year old daughter.

    Last month about mid cycle I had brown thick dishcharge with no blood for about 2 weeks. It went away when my period started.

    I am one week away from my period and have had dark brown discharge for the past 8 days. Yesterday I had the tiniest bit of fresh blood. It is now gone and has gone back to brown, throughout the brown discharge I have had pain that feels like cramps when I get my period.

    I had sex about 10 days ago unprotected with my partner but he did not ejaculate, I have taken a pregnancy test as I thought it may be implantation bleeding but the test came bag negative, I am unsure if it is to early to test or not seeing as my period is not due until the 7th of August.

    I am booked in next week to see my doctor as he is very hard to get into.

    Should I be worried?
    No pain when urinating, no itchiness, or any other abnormalities except for menstrual pains.

  115. I’m 18, My boyfriend and I last had sex on the 18th of July. It was the last day of my period. Two days later I started to have frequent urges to pee and i felt burning down there also. A few days go by again and I started getting a dark brown discharge. I have been diagnosed with a UTI and I am taking antibiotics, but I still have dark brown discharge and now I have cramps. It’s been two and a half weeks since the sex. Could I be pregnant?

  116. Hi, Last month my period was late by 3 days and then on the fourth day I started spotting , pinkish, and this was for one and half days and then I started bleeding but it was brownish and looked very darkish color; this went on for another 2 and a half days and then there was very light fresh blood fr another two days and it was spotty again and that was it. Also one week after having sex I bled – very fresh blood and it was just a big patch and did not last for a day. I took a pregnancy test on the 2nd day of having that brown discharge but it came out negative. Right now I am just feeling weak and dizzy most times.

    • may be you had very early miscarriage?

  117. Hi, I’m 18, and my boyfriend and I are considering having sex (it’s my first time) I wanted to know the safe periods of one’s cycle to avoid getting pregnant even though it’s going to be protected sex. Plus, my period is regular but most times lasts for up to 7 – 10 days ( that is, with spotting by the 5th to the 10th day, but I’ve still gotta wear a pad ) and I don’t want to use contraceptives or I don’t know which to use as I heard, most messes with one’s cycle, please help me

    • 1). it is very clever and responsible to be prepared for first time, check all your fertile and not-fertile (safe days) of your cycle in –
      2). best contraception for your health is condom (don’t save money for good quality condoms)

  118. Age 40, 2 kids, both by c-section, history of fibroids, surgery to remove ovary in my 20’s, 29 day cycles. But here’s my question, my cycles have got a lot heavier and painful in the last few years, so much so that I’m going through tampons/pads every hr, with heavy clot the size of plums/kiwis. My cycle stops at 7 days and everything seems to go back to normal. Then after ovulation (day 14-16 depending on the month), my body goes through 2 1/2 weeks of heavy brown discharge, sometimes thick, sometimes watery. It will go through my clothes at times too. My ob says its normal for my age, but I’m wondering if this really is normal? None of my friends who are the same age are going through this. Should I be concerned.

  119. Hi I’m 24 I started my period on Sunday July 26 an I finish on Aug 3 an for the last 3 days I have brown discharge an when I went to go pee I wiped and I had kinda of thick discharge I do have the iud mirena had it for about 1 year now I don’t have any pain anywhere no ichy I don’t know if I should be concerned this is the first time it happen to me.

    • sometimes IUD provokes uterine contractions and you could have brown discharge because of it

  120. I had the mirena iud for over two years. I got it removed July 20th. That following weekend my boyfriend and i had intercourse several times. And the next weekend we only had sex once. My period is due this week. But last week I had small amounts of brown mucus discharge. Very small amounts of it. it only lasted 3 days. What could it be?

  121. Hello – I am 25 and concerned about this abnormal bleeding/discharge that occurred 9 days (Aug 6) AFTER what I thought was my regular period (July 23 – July 27) along with some bloating and tolerable cramping/pain in that area. Started as a dark thickish brown then next day started changing to reddish/brownish blood. Was heavy the first two days then lightened up but I was still in need of a reg tampon. Lasted about 4 days. I noticed my cervix is sensitive with some stingy pain every now and then. I noticed it started about 12 hours after I had unprotected sex with my bf. A little rougher than normal…. I had my son on May 3 and started birth control 6 weeks later…I took the pill for about a month and a half then stopped (so about beg of July) I tried to remember to take it at the same time of day each day, but missed a couple here and there. I would take it as soon as I remembered. (Haven’t been on the pill since high school – previously had mirena – took out in 2013 – first time on birth control since) …… Could I be pregnant again???

  122. I’m 30 I had unprotected sex on the first day of my ovulation n I took the morning after pill but immediately after the intercourse I noticed a dark brown discharge n I’ve been having that for 4 days now. It’s not much just the regular ovulation discharge quantity but it’s dark brown no pains or anything. I feel totally ok but I’m disturbed what should I do.

  123. I had protected sex with my bf in march.within 72 hrs i take i april and may i got my periods.but in june and july i didnot get my periods.and in june i felt nausea,tender breasts,weight gain..yeserday i got my period..but its in brown colour with clots.and very less bleeding..and feeling like vomitingand also its paining..will tgat means that m i pregnant??if not then tell me the whats the reason behind that

    • possibilities are – side effect of emergency contraception which can mess menstrual cycle even after 1-2 months OR pregnancy

  124. Hello Doc, I just turned 22 years old. I have been on a low dose hormone birth control called tri-sprintec for almost 4 years. My recent period was on Wednesday, July 22 and it ended Tuesday, July 28. It was completely Normal. I had some cramps through out 3 days during it (my heaviest days), so i took midol complete. I probably took around 10 pills through out the 3 days. The day after my period I pleasured myself. 4 days later on Saturday, August 1st I had brown discharge when I wiped myself. This discharge has gotten heavy enough that I have to use a small pad but it is still light. A few days, including once after I took a shower the blood was normal red color like my period but the next time I used the bathroom and wiped the blood was brown again.  Now for the last couple of days,  including today (august 14th) the discharge had clear cervical mucus mixed in with it. I am still wearing a small pad but the brown discharge is becoming lighter, on the pad and also when I wipe. I am getting my period again on Wednesday, August 19th. I have had no other symptoms with the brown discharge except the first day when I had light cramps that only lasted about 5 minutes. And there is no odor. I am not sexually active. I recently changed my eating habits to Veganism but that was 1 month before my last period. This has never happened before. What could this be? Thank you for your help. 

    • possible causes:
      1) during masturbation you could have small trauma (damage of small capillaries) and brown discharge could be just a recovery process;
      2) you could have temporary hormonal storm

  125. i get a dark brown discharge everytime i am sexually aroused. this started early this year. what should i do?
    i have a 28 day cycle, regular. i last had sexual intercourse in march,

    • sexual arousment stimulates uterine contraction and uterine is “throwing” brown discharge

      • it also happens every time i am anxious and upset.
        i get painless cramps and a little discomfort when it happens.
        but after the episode, the discharge becomes normal again

        should i see a gyna.

        • it is safer to visit your gynecologist

  126. Hi, I am 22 and am on the pill and I stopped to have my weeks break for my period. I had my period but it only lasted a few days and the bleeding literally just stopped, when normally with my periods I bleed then have a bit of brown discharge. Since then I started my new pack of pill on Saturday and on the same day I started to get brown discharge. This is now the 3rd day. It is quite thick and only when I wipe. I have also expericed slight urgency to wee and slight pressure in my lower stomach. I am sexually active with my partner and I am careful with my contraception, but did a pregnancy test anyway and came back negative. Any thoughts would be appreciated – very worried.

  127. I am on the Nuva ring and I’m sexually active with one patrtner. My period is due on August 26th…I had light pink bleeding and spotting touch and go on Monday August 17th then on August 18th and 19th it was still light flow but kind of dark. Today on the August 20th it’s a deep brown and consistent flow but don’t need a tampon… Should I be concerned?

  128. I get dry brown specs right after periods for 2-3 days. What is that?

    • it is uterine cleaning (remain old blood coming out)

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