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DARK BROWN DISCHARGE

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.

108 Comments

  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.

  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.
    Thanks

  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?
    Thanks

  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 – http://www.women-info.com/en/trophoblastic-tumor/

  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 – http://www.women-info.com/en/natural-remedies-amenorrhea/

  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 also..my 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 – http://www.women-info.com/en/vaginal-bleeding/

  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 – http://www.women-info.com/en/brown-discharge-period/

      • 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 – http://www.women-info.com/en/pap-test/

  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?

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