A 24-year-old female asked:
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period started on the day it should have, red period started but i'm having brown blood with small brown clots as well. i also have cramping, is this a sign of pregnancy? i took an at home pregnancy test which was negative.

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Dr. Natalie Sieb
13 years experience Family Medicine
Not necessarily: Brown blood can be concerning if you've never seen it before, but it is relatively common, typically signifying older blood that had been in your uterus or cervix for some time since your last period. Cramps are extremely common for women on their periods and I would not be highly suspicious of a pregnancy at this point and wouldn't be highly concerned for an abnormality at this point. Good luck!
Answered on Jun 6, 2017
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Dr. Douglas Lawson
27 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Menses: Brown just means the blood is older. Your menstrual flow can be bright red to dark red to brown and really old blood will be black in color.
Answered on Jan 4, 2015
Dr. Timothy Brown
43 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: Blood that exposed to air for a while will turn brown and it will also tend to clot up, so what you are describing is normal. While there is a very small possibility of pregnancy despite what seems to be a normal period, this pattern does not suggest a pregnancy.
Answered on Jan 4, 2015

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