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Dr. Steven Baughn
47 years experience Internal Medicine
Blood: Blood.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Menstrual issues: Brown may be old blood. The main reason for light periods is a change in hormone levels. Causes for what seems to be a light period can include: thyro ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Brown equals old blood. If this is right after your period then you are just passing some of the blood that has been siting at the back of the vagina.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
Irregular menses: Menstrual flow isn't always bright red. Color depends upon flow rate as well as oxidation duration. Irregular menses are common in young women. Discus ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Vaginal Discharge: The brown is probably some aged blood in the mucous...It may be left over from the last period. It could be some irritation of the cervix. If the mens ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Brown Discharge: This is one of the most common questions on this application. This is normal. It is not to be worried about.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience Family Medicine
Normal: All of those features are normal variants of a period.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rahil Malik
9 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Wait and see: There are variations in menstrual cycle and can cause your period to come a few days early or late. If you have been having unprotected intercourse, ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Pappachen
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Your symptoms seem to be within the normal range and consistent with residual shedding of the endometrial/uterine lining.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience Family Medicine
Difficult to say: Certainly a pregnancy test is in order, but you should see your doctor to be checked for infections or other abnormalities.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. William m Simpson
48 years experience Family Medicine
Likely spotting: Probably part of last period. It's a good idea to keep a menstrual calendar so that you'll be able to predict what is likely to happen with your peri ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Hormonal imbalance: Menstrual irregularities are not uncommon and anovulatory cycle is a common cause. If you miss more than two periods it would be time to see your doct ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Irregular periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually sel ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Brown equals blood: My best guess is the brown discharge was your menstrual cycle. It is normal to have a menstrual cycle be a little off from time to time. If you're con ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
Specializes in Gynecology
Not really: The only truly reliable sign of early pregnancy is a positive pregnancy test. Irregular bleeding can come from lots of different reasons.
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A female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Irreg period: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liza Kunz
Dr. Liza Kunz answered
20 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Maybe: An irregular period can be a sign of pregnancy. Take a home pregnancy test if you are concerned.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Spotting: Spotting is one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem y ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
Check Test: If you had unprotected sex during ovulation time, then check a pregnancy test. Good luck.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Watery discharge: You may have a vaginal infection. See your gynecologist to get vaginal cultures
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dora Chizea
47 years experience Anti-Aging Medicine
A Possibility: 21 y/o female says, Spot of blood 5 days before period. Next three days of pink/brown discharge. Could this be implantation bleeding/ discharge? It is ... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience Internal Medicine
No: It's probably still vaginal discharge . Don't worry!
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mix of blood & meds: If you had some blood left over in the vagina from your period and then you mixed in the Monistat cream then this would lead to a pink white creamy mi ... Read More
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