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Brown itchy discharge

Brown itchy discharge is not very common condition but many women suffer from it and cannot find the real cause of brown itchy vaginal discharge.

It should be mentioned that in most cases the brown itchy discharge has few causes and/or combination of different factors. And it is very important to know causes of both itchy discharge and brown discharge as causes could be very different or same.


Itchy vaginal discharge can be pretty distressing and embarrassing.

Different types of bacterial infections are the most common cause of itchy vaginal discharge although other allergic and inflammatory factors could be responsible for vaginal itching. The close proximity of the vulva to the anus and the warm, moist environment within the vagina makes it prone to infections from bacteria around the anus.

Brown itchy discharge

During whole reproductive period of life the vaginal sensitivity can be changed depending on age and health status. It is well known that in girls before puberty there is a lack of endogenous estrogens – the lack of estrogens causes the vaginal lining to be extremely thin and deficient in glycogen, which makes the vagina highly susceptible to bacterial infections.

In women of reproductive age the vaginal epithelium matures under the influence of high levels of estrogens and there is a large amount of glycogen present in these cells. This produces lactic acid, resulting in an acidic environment which favors the growth of lactobacillus. From the time of puberty till menopause, the lactobacilli present in the vagina keep the vaginal environment acidic and thus discourage bacterial infection. But some other factors could dramatically increase the sensitivity of the vagina during this period of women life – regular sexual activities, contraceptives, vaginal douching, regular menstruations, vaginal tampons and tight, nonabsorbent, heat-retaining, synthetic clothing/panties.

In menopausal period the level of estrogens fall which make the vaginal epithelium and the vulvar skin thin and atrophic. At the same time menopausal women have have decreased vaginal acidity. All mentioned factors acting together and predisposing the delicate vaginal tissues to become prone to injury and infection. Postmenopausal atrophy can thus cause vaginal itching and dryness.


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

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

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


In most cases the main causes of brown itchy discharge include combinations of possible causes of Itchy Vaginal Discharge and Brown Discharge.

Itchy Discharge possible causes

  • INFECTIONS – Bacterial Vaginosis, Yeast Infection, Trichomoniasis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Genital warts (HPV), Genital herpes, Urinary tract infection (UTI).
  • INFESTATIONS – Scabies, Pubic lice, Pinworms.
  • ALLERGY and/or IRRITATIONS – Allergy to latex condoms and spermicide gels; Chemicals present in bubble baths, detergents, soaps, lotions, sprays, colored or perfumed toilet paper, deodorant pads or tampons; Semen allergy.
  • HYGIENE – Poor personal hygiene; Improper hygiene – causing bacteria to enter the vagina from the anal region; Wearing tight, synthetic underwear or wet swimwear for long; Frequent douching.
  • HORMONES/hormonal periods – Postmenopausal atrophic vaginitis; Prepubertal atrophic vaginitis; Pregnancy; Menstruation; Oral contraceptives.
  • FOREIGH BODIES – Foreign body in the vagina such as a forgotten tampon or a piece of toilet paper; Retained condom.
  • TRAUMA – Sexual trauma, Trauma during sport, Any trauma.
  • SKIN DISEASES – Psoriasis, Eczema, Lichen planus.
  • CANCER – Lichen sclerosus; Leukoplakia; Cancer of the vulva, vagina, cervix or endometrium may produce a watery or blood stained discharge.
  • OTHER DISEASES and/or MEDICATIONS – Diabetes; Urinary incontinence; Radiation therapy; Surgery (Vaginal itching and discharge after a procedure like a dilation and curettage should be investigated as post-operative infections are possible); Vaginal itching could be psychogenic in origin; Diseases causing generalized itching such as chronic liver disease, thyroid disease, or side effects of some medicines.

Brown discharge possible causes:

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

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  1. hi,I’m experiencing a brown an ichy’s bin happening for a 5 days now…what’s wrong with me?

  2. I’m sorry if this is kinda disturbing but here it goes…:
    Well I’m 13 and healthy. (Still a virgin, FYI) I recently got this weird unusual light brownish yellowish discharge and smells kinda… Fishy. :/ And my V. is itchy and has bumps everywhere. Idk why I have this and I’m getting really worried. 🙁 Is there any known causes or how to get rid of it? Please respond ASAP. Ty 🙂
    (I have psoriasis so idk if that has something to do with it.)

  3. Hi, I have a little problem, I have been sleeping with my boyfriend without using a condom and not fallibg pregnant for months now this month I missed my periods and I have this itchy brown dischargge and sometimes my urine becomes burning. What may be the problem?

  4. I have an itchy vagina everytime I wipe dark brown gunky stuff is on the tissue the itchiness is near my clitorus please help

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    hi.. i need help.. i have a brown discharge for three days and i have an itchy vagina.. can anyone help what would it be? the brown discharge doecnt have smell
    i should have menstruation by the 22nd