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A 19-year-old female asked:

i started getting a dark brown/black discharge, its a week before my period, what could be the cause?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Brown = blood: 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 problem you should be evaluated. Infections ; hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test . There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit.

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A 20-year-old female asked:

Im having stringy black discharge, fullness, and bloating. I'm due for my period in just under two weeks and the symptoms started a week ago.Any idea?

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Dr. Bryan Treacy
Gynecology 35 years experience
Probably normal: The black discharge may be unrelated, but the other symptoms sound like ovulation. There is also the possibility of an ovarian cyst which could imbalance cyclic hormones and cause spotting. Blood that is retained in the vagina overnight can have a darker color than fresh blood.

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