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What is wrong when you have thick, sticky brown vaginal discharge before period is due? Also, I took emergency contraceptive 3 weeks ago.

What is wrong when you have thick, sticky brown vaginal discharge before period is due? Also, I took emergency contraceptive 3 weeks ago.

May be nothing wrong: What you are experiencing may be a variation on normal or the effect of plan B. If you miss your period by 4-5 days, do a home pregnancy test. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions for the test carefully.
If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


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Why am I having slight brown vaginal discharge before my period?

Why am I having slight brown vaginal discharge before my period?

Blood: This sounds like early onset of menses, and represents the first few drops of uterine bleeding. This can be normal. ...Read more

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What could cause brown vaginal discharge, one week before period?

What could cause brown vaginal discharge, one week before period?

Anovulation: Yu've experienced a missed cycle. These are most commonly due to anovulation. This occurs when the ovary fails to release an egg. This alters hormonal levels which disrupts the cycle. ...Read more

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Brown vaginal discharge 2 weeks before period?

Brown vaginal discharge 2 weeks before period?

May be ovulation: Occasionally we see a small amount of bleeding right at the time of ovulation and that could produce this brown discharge. Get checked if there are other symptoms or if it persists. ...Read more

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Brown vaginal discharge 10 days before period. Not every day or all day but more than once in the 10 days before period. Is this old blood/normal?

Brown vaginal discharge 10 days before period. Not every day or all day but more than once in the 10 days before period. Is this old blood/normal?

Irregular periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections, polyps & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit ...Read more

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Light brown vaginal discharge 1 week before period. On birth control for about a month & 1/2 now. Very light cramping. Help?

Light brown vaginal discharge 1 week before period. On birth control for about a month & 1/2 now. Very light cramping. Help?

Breakthrough bleedin: 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. ...Read more

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Brown vaginal discharge 11 days before expected period. Unprotcted sex 3 months ago... Negative home Preg test taken 10 weeks after sex. Had period?

Brown vaginal discharge 11 days before expected period. Unprotcted sex 3 months ago... Negative home Preg test taken 10 weeks after sex. Had period?

Not pregnant: Not sure what you are asking here. If you are wondering if you are pregnant the answer is no. Your test was taken 10 weeks after intercourse. It was accurate about 10-14 days after. IF you are concerned about the brown blood you are seeing consider seeing an obgyn for irregular menstrual cycles ...Read more

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Brown vaginal discharge 11 days before expected period... Negative home pregnancy test..

Brown vaginal discharge 11 days before expected period... Negative home pregnancy test..

Too soon to test: Conception, as defined by the generation of a fertilized ovum, occurs within day or so of the sex. However, it takes about two weeks for the embryo to make enough HCG to produce a positive pregnancy test. Blood test may be done a day after a missed period. Home pregnancy tests should be done 4-5 days after the missed period. Use first morning urine and follow instructions for the test carefully. ...Read more

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Have very dark brown vaginal discharge this morning. A week before period should start. Have not had sex in last 2 months. On the pill for almost year?

Have very dark brown vaginal discharge this morning. A week before period should start. Have not had sex in last 2 months. On the pill for almost year?

Irregular period: This could just be a small irregularity in the period. Stress, infection, antibiotic use can all cause these irregularities. If you don't have pelvic pain or fever then you can see how it goes this month. If this occurs next month then see your doctor for check up. ...Read more

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Brown vaginal discharge and back pain? 11 days before period... Sex 3 months ago. Negative hpt. Got my period.

Brown vaginal discharge and back pain? 11 days before period... Sex 3 months ago. Negative hpt. Got my period.

Bleeding somewhere?: Brown color suggests blood. It can be intermenstrual bleeding from the uterus due to a uterine disorder or you may be referring to blood in the urine that somehow contaminates the area surrounding the urethra. Get it checked ...Read more

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What could be causing the brown vaginal discharge ever since my last period?

What could be causing the brown vaginal discharge ever since my last period?

Vaginal discharge: Consult your ob/gyn for exam to rule out yeast infection. ...Read more

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Will having brown vaginal discharge be a sign you are about to start your period?

Sometimes: Brown blood is old blood and not the fresh blood of a new period. If you are due for your period and do not start bright red blood in a few days check a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have brown vaginal discharge and never had your period before?

What does it mean when you have brown vaginal discharge and never had your period before?

It might be a period: Your first period might just be a little brown mucous without red blood. Make sure and let your mother know that you might be starting. ...Read more

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I have had brown vaginal discharge for two and a half months now and no period. What are possible causes?

I have had brown vaginal discharge for two and a half months now and no period. What are possible causes?

Brown discharge: Brown discharge is usually small amounts of oxidized blood. Imagine you cut yourself in the kitchen. At first it is bright red, the dark red, then a brown scab. This happens because the color change indicates oxidation of the hemoglobin in the blood. With vaginal discharge, the transit time from your uterus to the outside was long enough to allow oxidation. No ovulation, small amounts of blood. ...Read more

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Brown vaginal discharge and no period when it's expected? Discharge occurred 2 weeks before expected period

Brown vaginal discharge and no period when it's expected? Discharge occurred 2 weeks before expected period

Mid cycle bleeding: Some women with spot a little when they ovulate. If this happens every month you should see a doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have brown vaginal discharge for the past 2 days. My last period was a week and a half ago. What is causing this?

I have brown vaginal discharge for the past 2 days. My last period was a week and a half ago. What is causing this?

Infection or other: This could be due to an infection or blood. I would consult your obgyn, but if you begin to feel weak, fatigued, or feverish, i'd definitely consult your doctor immediately. Having discharge can lead to worsening problems if not addressed soon. ...Read more

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I have brown vaginal discharge for the past four days. My last period was about two weeks ago. What could be causing this?

I have brown vaginal discharge for the past four days. My last period was about two weeks ago. What could be causing this?

See your doctor: Brown discharges are not normal from the vagina and could reflect infection, contamination, or more esoteric things, you need a proper vaginal examination (speculum and all) to get this checked out. Could be old blood or even part of a tampon left behind. ...Read more

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Hasn't had her first period yet (she is14) but she has been having a darkish brown vaginal discharge for the past couple of days. What does this mean?

Hasn't had her first period yet (she is14) but she has been having a darkish brown vaginal discharge for the past couple of days. What does this mean?

Some bleeding: Dark brown discharge is almost certainly related to some degree of bleeding. If it persists, she should be seen to evaluate for abnormal bleeding. It would be appropriate to observe for another month to see if it recurs - if so it may be the beginning of her menses. ...Read more

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This is my first month on Nuvaring. I have been having brown vaginal discharge for about a week after having a period only three days before. Normal?

This is my first month on Nuvaring. I have been having brown vaginal discharge for about a week after having a period only three days before. Normal?

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 ring is not working. ...Read more

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Vaginal Discharge (Definition)

Vaginal discharge is defined as secretions being expelled by the vagina. This can be physiologic or pathologic. Some common causes of abnormal vaginal discharge and yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis and sexually transmitted infections like ...Read more