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i gave birth via c section on the 27th december. i have been experiencing a brownish smelly discharge for 3 weeks + now is it normal?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: The normal post childbirth involution process and uterine shrinkage produces a brownish to yellow discharge over 4 to 6 weeks.(lochia) If the discharge is "smelly" and still present now 6+ weeks later, you need to see your OB MD to look for retained instruments/packs, products of conception, or an infection. Make an appointment soon.
Answered on Feb 4, 2020
Dr. Stanley Swaby
25 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: Likely cause is a vaginal infection. Usually, bacterial vaginosis/vaginitis which is an alteration of the vaginal flora. Less likely is a uterine infection, endometritis, but this usually causes abdominal pain and possible fever. See you doctor for an evaluation.
Answered on Feb 11, 2020

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