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What does it mean if i have brown discharge a day after my period and it smells bad?

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Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Usually Normal: This is usually just a mixture of old blood from your period mixed with normal vaginal mucous, nothing to be alarmed about. If it continues more than a week then see your doctor to rule out bacterial vaginosis.

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Last updated May 30, 2015


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