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What does brown discharge mean? i am twelve and haven't had my first period. (girl)

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Dr. Alissa Zenack
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Just the beginning: Brownish discharge is often seen prior to actual periods starting. It is completely normal to have a few cycles with brownish discharge and no actual bleeding. Keep a diary of the dates that you observe the discharge by circling the date on the calendar for each day that the discharge is present. You will soon be able to see if there is any pattern to the discharge. No need to worry now.

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