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A 17-year-old female asked:

i'm 17,i'm on the pill. for a few weeks i have been getting brown discharge from the vigina, starting my periods later than usual,what does this mean?

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Dr. Philip Miller
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Old menstrual: blood with vaginal mucous. If bleeding or burning see your GYN- otherwise: welcome to adulthood-normal.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
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 self corrects over time. If you are not satisfied or it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method. It is a common side effect and does not mean something is wrong or that the pill is not working.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What exactly does it mean if you have brown discharge coming out of vag?

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Dr. Hermilando Payen
Pathology 56 years experience
Old blood: You need to correlate this discharge with your menstruation because if it is there all the time, then your doctor has to examine you thoroughly for other causes inside your uterus or vagina including early pregnancy.
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A 48-year-old female asked:

Why yellow and brown discharge from vaginia come and go?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Discharge : It is very possible you have a vaginal infection. See your doctor for cultures and treatment.
A 32-year-old member asked:

I have brown discharge and my vagine is ichy should I be worried ?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
itchy vagina: If you have a change in color, texture, odor or amount of vaginal discharge ; problems such as pain, itching burning with urination or sex or redness/swelling then it is best to see your gynecologist for evaluation ; accurate assessment.

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