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Brown vaginal discharge with bread like smell. Help?

Brown vaginal discharge with bread like smell. Help?

Sounds like a yeast: Sounds like a yeast infection (candidal vaginitis). Can cause a brownish discharge. Easily treated with either otc anti-yeast preparations or prescription anti-yeast preparations. ...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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Hi. I have these light brown vaginal discharge accompanied by foul smell and cramps no itching or other things just that. Please help me.

Hi. I have these light brown vaginal discharge accompanied by foul smell and cramps no itching or other things just that. Please help me.

R/O VAGINITIS: Vaginitis can be multifaceted you need full exam, pelvic exam cultures/labs /UA. And STD SCREEN to determine diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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Period was late but finally came for a day and half. Brown vaginal discharge with no smell for a week. Hpt negative. Any ideas?

Period was late but finally came for a day and half. Brown vaginal discharge with no smell for a week. Hpt negative. Any ideas?

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 & 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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I often have brown vaginal discharge especially mid cycle, and some pain. What can be cause? It also doesn't smell great

I often have brown vaginal discharge especially mid cycle, and some pain. What can be cause? It also doesn't smell great

Fails "sniff" test: Obviously, the discharge fails the "sniff" test and odors are often noted with vaginal or pelvic infections. See a GYN MD soon to be assessed for the same. ...Read more

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I have brown vaginal discharge for 3days now. Its already 1week after my menstration ended. It has no smell, no pain, no itch. Do I need to get worry?

I have brown vaginal discharge for 3days now. Its already 1week after my menstration ended. It has no smell, no pain, no itch. Do I need to get worry?

Probably old blood: Brown equals old blood left over from your period. It is typical to have an "off" period every now and then. This usually corrects itself over the next few cycles. If it continues see your doctor to discuss cycle regulation. Birth control is very effective at regulating the cycle and preventing pregnancy. ...Read more

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I have brown vaginal discharge that smells like metal what does that mean?

I have brown vaginal discharge that smells like metal what does that mean?

Discharge: Unfortunately, neither the color, nor the smell of the discharge is diagnostic of any disorder. It needs to be tested to know what it may be. ...Read more

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I keeo having a pinkish brown vaginal discharge that smells fishy what could this be?

I keeo having a pinkish brown vaginal discharge that smells fishy what could this be?

Bacterial vaginosis: Gardnerella vaginalis overgrowth of bacterial vaginosis gives that peculiar foul smell and discharge. It is treated with prescription Metrogel or Flagyl by mouth. Please see your primary care doctor or OB-Gyn specialist for exam, testing and treatment. ...Read more

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How long should brown vaginal discharge last if there is no smell, itching of burning?

How long should brown vaginal discharge last if there is no smell, itching of burning?

Normal cycle: I would advise a warm water douche and figure that this is old mentrual blood. If it persists beyond 1 week, see your GYN. ...Read more

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I have brown vaginal discharge, I had itching an burning sensation but that has gone now an I have just brown discharge. It doesn't smell?

I have brown vaginal discharge, I had itching an burning sensation but that has gone now an I have just brown discharge. It doesn't smell?

See doctor. STD?: Any new or unexplained vaginal discharge needs medical evaluation. At your age (19) and assuming you are sexually active, for this kind of discharge I would be most concerned about an STD, especially chlamydia, gonorrhea, or maybe trichomonas. Itching/burning could be herpes. See your GP or gynecologist, or for guaranteed expert care, perhaps your local NHS GUM clinic. Good luck! ...Read more

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Tan / brown vaginal discharge only when wiping in bathroom, faint iron smell but no other symptoms? Want to avoid doctor visit at all cost!

Blood has iron.: Hemoglobin has iron in it, which explains the smell. Having a menstrual cycle or spotting can cause the tan brown discharge. If it burns when voiding, it could suggest a urinary tract infection. Go see the doctor if you are having cramping, burning when voiding, or low back pain. See a doctor if you are having sexual activity as other causes like STDs are possible. ...Read more

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I have pcos with one cyst being 5cm. I am currently experiencing brown vaginal discharge daily and an old blood smell. Could these be related?

I have pcos with one cyst being 5cm. I am currently experiencing brown vaginal discharge daily and an old blood smell. Could these be related?

PCOS: PCOS certainly causes anovulation which be associated with irregular vaginal bleeding, heavy vaginal bleeding and difficulty getting pregnant. Your current symptoms are related. My advise is to see your gynecologist for proper evaluation and determine the course of treatment that is personalized to your specific need. ...Read more

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I have brown vaginal discharge, very itchy but no smell. My bf just had std test and its all negative. What is my problem? Pls help me thank u

I have brown vaginal discharge, very itchy but no smell. My bf just had std test and its all negative. What is my problem? Pls help me thank u

Vaginitis: Usual causes of vaginitis are yeast (candida or monilia), bacteria, or trichomonas. None of these will show up on usual STD tests (tests for gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV and syphilis). You can try OTC yeast treatment but if not better see your doctor for additional evaluation. If it is trichomonas, that is something transmitted from/to a sexual partner, who would need treatment too. ...Read more

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How to stop brown vaginal discharge?

How to stop brown vaginal discharge?

Go see the MD: You need to know why you are having the brown discharge ie infection, bleeding, a problem in the uterus. This can be figured out during an office visit. ...Read more

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Is it bad to have brown vaginal discharge?

Is it bad to have brown vaginal discharge?

Sounds normal!: During periods, we shed the inner lining of the uterus -- the endometrium -- if we're not pregnant. Sometimes that shed layer may not come out for a day or two & can turn brown. So can be normal; why it changed, I can't say. If you are having low pelvic pain, the discharge is unusually foul smelling, or your have a fever, though, it could be an infection -- then see an ob/gyn! Good luck! ...Read more

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Brown vaginal discharge stopping and starting for 3 weeks?

Get checked: Browninsh discharge suggests old bleed. You need to see your GYN to figure out what's going on. ...Read more

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I have brown vaginal discharge, and it's recurring. What is the solution?

I have brown vaginal discharge, and it's recurring. What is the solution?

Normal periods: Otherwise? Could you be pregnant? You might want to check a pregnancy test just in case. If not pregnant you should check with your doector to find out why you are continuously spotting. ...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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Watery brown vaginal discharge with no pain or itching?

Get checked: You need to get checked by your GYN to see if there is an infection. ...Read more

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Is brown vaginal discharge normal when u r 9 weeks pregnate?

Is brown vaginal discharge normal when u r 9 weeks pregnate?

Light Bleeding: Rest assured that in the early weeks of pregnancy, a little spotting or bleeding is very common. The most common cause for experiencing a brown discharge during pregnancy, especially in the later half of the first trimester, is that the body is getting rid of the older blood remnants in the cervix. As the baby grows, the original blood which is used to protect the womb is no longer required. ...Read more

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What does pink/dries brown vaginal discharge mean? Side effect of plan b?

What does pink/dries brown vaginal discharge mean? Side effect of plan b?

Can be: Plan b commonly causes irregular bleeding for up to 2 months after taking. Be sure to take a pregnancy test 14 days after the sex to be sure it worked. Risk of pregnancy if Plan B was taken within 72 hours of the sex is less than 1%. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a UTI & brown vaginal discharge what does this mean?

What to do if I have a UTI & brown vaginal discharge what does this mean?

Probably Unrelated: During periods, we shed the inner lining of the uterus -- the endometrium -- if we're not pregnant. Sometimes that shed layer may not come out for a day or two & can turn brown. So can be normal; why it changed, I can't say. If you are having low pelvic pain, the discharge is unusually foul smelling, or your have a fever, though, it could be an infection -- then see an ob/gyn! Good luck! ...Read more

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Brown vaginal discharge for 3 days can this be implantation spotting?? 2 weeks since sex.

Brown vaginal discharge for 3 days can this be implantation spotting?? 2 weeks since sex.

Implantation: Implantation bleeding is much more common on the internet than in real life. It occurs rarely and exclusively in someone who is pregnant. The only way to know if someone had implantation bleeding or just irregular menstrual bleeding is to wait and see if you are pregnant. If your test is positive then this was implantation bleeding. If it is negative then it is just irregular menstrual bleeding. ...Read more

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What causes terrible smelling brown vaginal discharge for at least three days after each period?

Infection possible: Because of the foul odor, you should probably be seen to rule out infection. If you are a tampon user and leave it in for prolonged periods of time, this can also cause odor. Some slight odor around the period may be normal. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy and polyp removed 3days ago. I have had thick brown vaginal discharge since. Is this normal.

I had a colonoscopy and polyp removed 3days ago. I have had thick brown vaginal discharge since. Is this normal.

No: Colonoscopy has nothing to do with vaginal situations. If no tumor was detected perforating anterior wall of rectum into vagina, which I suspect is not the case, then vaginal discharge is uterine in origin. Blood that remains in utero and passes to the vagina will decompose and appear as a brown discharge. One must examine the uterus by ultrasound to see what the endometrial lining is like. ...Read more

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I am on the paragard IUD and have been experiencing a very light-brown vaginal discharge, no odor. Is it abnormal?

I am on the paragard IUD and have been experiencing a very light-brown vaginal discharge, no odor. Is it abnormal?

It depends: If you just had it inserted, pelvic pain and brown discharge are normal. However, if you experience pain, cramping, bleeding or if the discharge does not stop, see your doctor for evaluation and an ultrasound. Your first two periods are most likely be heavier and with more cramps. ...Read more

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Reasons for brown vaginal discharge?

Vaginal discharge: Vaginal discharge requires an examination to determine the cause and treatment. Bacterial vaginosis is the most common cause and often has a vaginal odor. Vaginal itching can be a sign of a yeast infection. Sometimes vaginal discharge can be a sign of a sexual transmitted infection. Testing is important to determine the treatment and keep you and your partner safe. ...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