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What does a dark brown discharge after a pelvic exam that later turned into a clear mucus discharge mean?

What does a dark brown discharge after a pelvic exam that later turned into a clear mucus discharge mean?

Bloody discharge: The pelvic exam, especially if it included a pap smear, may have caused a small amount of bleeding from the cervix which then appeared to be a short term brown discharge. The clear mucous discharge was probably normal "fertile mucous". The discharge you are describing is common after an exam and does not mean you have a problem. ...Read more

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Pelvic Exam (Definition)

Physical exam involving examination of the outside of the female genitalia (vulva), the inside (vagina), as well as an examination of the cervix, uterus, tubes, ovaries, and tissue around the uterus (parametria). A bimanual exam then involves 2 fingers in the vagina with the other hand on the abdomen. A rectovaginal exam is one finger inthe vagina, one finger in the rectum with ...Read more


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What could explain a dark brown discharge that later turned into a clear mucus discharge following a pelvic exam?

Taking a pap smear: Scraping the surface of the cervix to take a pap smear sometimes causes a little spotting that you may see in the next few days as a brown discharge. The clear mucous discharge may be a return to normal, especially if you are midcycle and having "fertile mucous". I would not be concerned unless the brown discharge recurs or persists or develops an odor. ...Read more

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Complete hysterectomy at age 25. Age 51. Have dark brown discharge for over a month with no odor. Pelvic cramps, lower back ache and burning?

Complete hysterectomy at age 25. Age 51. Have dark brown discharge for over a month with no odor. Pelvic cramps, lower back ache and burning?

Determine source: May be due to a vaginal infection or abnormality of the vagina. Was your cervix removed at time of hysterectomy? Would recommend seeing your gynecologist. ...Read more

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I have had a pelvic exam and was told I have white bumps on my cervix. Now I have yellowish discharge, pain in cervix and in my armpit.?

I have had a pelvic exam and was told I have white bumps on my cervix. Now I have yellowish discharge, pain in cervix and in my armpit.?

Cannot diagnose: Ask the doctor who did your pelvic exam what is going on. Call and let them know what new symptoms you are having. They should be able to see you and examine you and evaluate the situation, whereas cannot do that over the internet. ...Read more

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I've had beige vaginal discharge for the past 24 hours. I had a pelvic exam 5 days ago during which I bled from cervix. Could this be related?

I've had beige vaginal discharge for the past 24 hours. I had a pelvic exam 5 days ago during which I bled from cervix. Could this be related?

Yes likely: If you had bleeding during your pelvic exam then yes it is likely the discharge is related to the bleeding and will likely resolve on its on. ...Read more

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Itching at the opening of the vagina almost 1 month. Pelvic exam normal pap test and swab test normal no discharge no odor just itching. Any ideas??

Itching at the opening of the vagina almost 1 month. Pelvic exam normal pap test and swab test normal no discharge no odor just itching. Any ideas??

Could potentially be: herpes, though I am not sure you are at risk for this. You can see your doctor to have the test performed since you are having symptoms (often itching/burning can occur). Other causes could include allergic irritation from any products you use around your vagina (maxi-pad, detergent from panties, etc). Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have doc's appt soon. If I say I have bloody discharge for a week, do I have to take pelvic exam? I don't want to. I'm on birth control pill.

I have doc's appt soon. If I say I have bloody discharge for a week, do I have to take pelvic exam? I don't want to. I'm on birth control pill.

Why: If you have bloody discharge, it may be from a disturbance of the internal female anatomy like uterine cancer. If you hide the truth from your doc, the potential outcome can be fatal. If you exclude the proper exams from the evaluation process, you do the same thing. If you want the best care possible, tell the truth and discuss the process of evaluation with your doc. He/she may not need to. ...Read more

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Is the brown discharge I've experienced a concern? I've had random spikes of pain in my pelvis on the right or left side. I've had clear and white discharge but tonight I had brown. No odor

Is the brown discharge I've experienced a concern? I've had random spikes of pain in my pelvis on the right or left side. I've had clear and white discharge but tonight I had brown. No odor

Pelvic: Pelvic pain is common especially mid-cycle (about 2 weeks after your period). The discharge may be normal but this depends on your age and time in your menstrual cycle. This could be an indication of midcycle bleeding which is not normal if you are nearing menopause (about age 50). If you are cycling normally, i'd inform your gynecologist, but they will most likely just want to keep watching to see if it happens again. ...Read more

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I have brown discharge & my pelvic is hard & hurts when you press on it. Please help?

Could be infection: It could be an infection or enlarged uterus.
You should see a doctor and be checked. ...Read more

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29y/o F had hysterectomy 2.5 yrs ago, having bloody and brown discharge, pelvic pain the past two weeks. Went to dr, swab test neg. What is it?

29y/o F had hysterectomy 2.5 yrs ago, having bloody and brown discharge, pelvic pain the past two weeks. Went to dr, swab test neg. What is it?

When you say: "swab test" do you mean Pap? Do you know what type of hysterectomy you got? Was it "supracervical" ie was the cervix spared? Still have ovaries? If you still have a cervix & ovaries, you may also have a teeny bit of uterus capable of making an endometrium. Vaginal fissures or cervical changes deeper than the swab can reach are also possible. Consider transvaginal ultrasound for further info. ...Read more

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What would be cause of constant deep pelvic pain, brown discharge and history of HPV in postmenopausal female?

What would be cause of constant deep pelvic pain, brown discharge and history of HPV in postmenopausal female?

See your doctor!: This sounds like some sort of internal infection, probably not related to HPV. However, if you have not been having pap smears over the years, cervical cancer could cause such symptoms. Other cancers also are possible.

Whatever the cause of these symptoms, it is potentially serious. Please see your doctor as soon as you can get an appointment. ...Read more

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On depo had sex 1/29.2/05 had brown discharge w/pelvic pains. Pelvic pain stopped. I'm still having brown discharge 2/14.preg test15days aftr sex neg.?

On depo had sex 1/29.2/05 had brown discharge w/pelvic pains. Pelvic pain stopped. I'm still having brown discharge 2/14.preg test15days aftr sex neg.?

Old blood: Many women on Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) don't have regular menstrual periods. Sometimes there is some breakthrough bleeding that occurs in small amounts. The blood may not come out right away so it turns a brown color that you see as it seeps out slowly. It is a very common side-effect of Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone). ...Read more

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I've been having brown discharge mid cycle and I felt a heaviness in my pelvis 3 DPO and there was streak of blood in the discharge. I did squats?

I've been having brown discharge mid cycle and I felt a heaviness in my pelvis 3 DPO and there was streak of blood in the discharge. I did squats?

Common: 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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Today I noticed brown discharge every time I went to the bathroom and wiped. Was recently examined by my ob 2 days ago, and also have pains in my pelvis?

Today I noticed brown discharge every time I went to the bathroom and wiped. Was recently examined by my ob 2 days ago, and also have pains in my pelvis?

Discharge: Lots of different things can cause brown discharge. Most commonly it is from the beginning or end of your period. You can also be pregnant or have bleeding between periods. If it persists, see your gyn again. ...Read more

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Light brown discharge from urethra, pain when I pee, pelvic pain. Could it be a UTI?

Light brown discharge from urethra, pain when I pee, pelvic pain. Could it be a UTI?

Yes: It could also be a urinary tract or bladder infection. You need to see your medical provider for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have milky slightly yellow and sour smelling vaginal discharge. I have has pelvic exams/swabs and pregnancy tests done all negative. What could itbe?

I have milky slightly yellow and sour smelling vaginal discharge. I have has pelvic exams/swabs and pregnancy tests done all negative. What could itbe?

Vaginal pH: The natural vaginal ph is acidic and so it is expected for its normal secretions to be sour. However, copious yellow discharge is likely abnormal but I don't know how to counsel you unless I know exactly what you'd been tested for. Gonorrhea, chlamydia, bacterial vaginosis, trichomonas, and yeast are all things you should've been tested for; please verify. ...Read more

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I am 30 weeks and have had some brown discharge. I haven't had sex in about a week. And I haven't had an exam.?

I am 30 weeks and have had some brown discharge. I haven't had sex in about a week. And I haven't had an exam.?

May be normal: Brown discharge is old blood. This can be a sign that the cervix is just starting to soften up and let loose a bit of old blood that was sitting inside. If there are any contractions or pain, you should contact your doctor. ...Read more

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How long does brown spotting after pelvic exam last?

How long does brown spotting after pelvic exam last?

Spotting/exam: Spotting after a gyn exam which includes a pap smear may be caused by scraping of the cervix, which is easily irritated and bleeding can occur, which if minor can turn "brown" before being obvious on clothing or a pad. It should subside in a few days, but if not, see your gyn for an exam and possible treatment. ...Read more

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Hi. I have brown discharge. Had exam and u/s. No fetal pole was found anf turns out im only 5 weeks not eleven. They told me threatened m/c.Worry orno?

Hi. I have brown discharge. Had exam and u/s. No fetal pole was found anf turns out im only 5 weeks not eleven. They told me threatened m/c.Worry orno?

Yes: A threatened miscarriage is simply bleeding in early pregnancy and the chance of a miscarriage is about 50%. The question you need answered is are your dates simply misleading or did the pregnancy stop growing (as long as 6 weeks ago)? This is normally answered by following your hormone levels every 2 to 3 days and/or repeating the ultrasound weekly. ...Read more

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37 week &4days have brown discharge after cervix exam. It is little see when use wipes. Is it normal.? Scared. Hope advices.

37 week &4days have brown discharge after cervix exam. It is little see when use wipes. Is it normal.? Scared. Hope advices.

Normal after exam: It is normal after a cervical check to have some bleeding. It shouldn't hurt. If the bleeding doesn't stop within a day or if it worsens, you should call your OB. ...Read more

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I am 38 weeks + 1 day & had a cervical exam this morning. Since I've had lower back pain, pelvic cramping off & on while standing, & brownish discharge?

Early labor: It is common to have brown spotting after a pelvic exam at 38 weeks. To also be having low back and pain and some cramping sounds like you are starting early labor. The cramping may continue or may stop and start again later. Good luck. ...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