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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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If i always have a brown discharge during "period" (no red) while taking birth control for many months, did birth control pill fail me?

If i always have a brown discharge during "period" (no red) while taking birth control for many months, did birth control pill fail me?

No.: No, it isn't a sign of 'failing', but. The birth control pills can definitely change the type, color, amount of bleeding that a woman has during her menses. Sometimes the 'period' becomes very light (sometimes the pills will cause menses to stop, which is an effect of the progestin hormone in the pills, and the type and amount of estrogen), or can become discharge, as you described. ...Read more

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During period after masturbation only clitoris, brown and slightly red discharge came out and it only came after the session is it bad?

During period after masturbation only clitoris, brown and slightly red discharge came out and it only came after the session is it bad?

Coincidental: Hi. I doubt that clitoral masturbation has anything to do with the vaginal discharge you describe. Clitoral masturbation will definitely moisten the vagina, and orgasm will cause uterine contraction among other things. However, the brown/red discharge almost sounds like part of a period. When in your cycle did this occur? If it is abnormal vaginal bleeding, please see your gyn. Good luck! ...Read more

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Vaginal itching and dark gray discharge week before period.Stopped during period and a couple days after now itching is back but no discharge yet what?

Vaginal itching and dark gray discharge week before period.Stopped during period and a couple days after now itching is back but no discharge yet what?

Examination: This could be either yeast or bacterial infection. If the itching is mostly outside then you can try an over the counter medication like monistat or gynelotrimin. Otherwise its probably time to see you physician (family or gyn) ...Read more

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Is having brown tissue- like discharge during period, and not pregnant, normal?

Is having brown tissue- like discharge during period, and not pregnant, normal?

Yes: As the tissue from your uterus sloughs off, a brown color is very common. If it persists beyond your period, talk to your obgyn for a check up. ...Read more

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Have brown/blood discharge during period, do I have a std?

Have brown/blood discharge during period, do I have a std?

At risk?: The brown bleeding during your period is totally 100% normal.Are you at risk for an std? I can't promise you don't have an std, but I have no reason to think you do based on this information. ...Read more

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Preg test neg, light pink & light brown discharge at time of periods & cramps after coffee, during period week. Is that my periods not coming properly?

Preg test neg, light pink & light brown discharge at time of periods & cramps after coffee, during period week. Is that my periods not coming properly?

Periods can vary: Menstrual periods may vary a little in length, pain and flow. Sometimes they can even be skipped or come very early or late due to stress. Occasionally periods are more painful due to an STD. If your pregnancy test was negative, and you had a period of any sort, you are probably not pregnant. If you are still concerned, re-check a home test in a week, and/or see your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Brown discharge from nipple, during period. Happened last month and now this month. I only noticed as my top was wet when I woke up from sleep. My last child is 4 and I stopped breastfeeding in 2013. I am 31 and on iron, transanaemic and cerrazette pre

Brown discharge from nipple, during period. Happened last month and now this month. I only noticed as my top was wet when I woke up from sleep.

My last child is 4 and I stopped breastfeeding in 
2013. 
I am 31 and on iron, transanaemic and cerrazette pre

Not normal: A nipple discharge is not normal and should always be checked by a doctor. The exceptions would of course be in late pregnancy or while breast-feeding, and also it's common for long-distance runners to get nipple irritation and potentially a discharge from continuous rubbing against the shirt/bra. ...Read more

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Drainage (Definition)

Fluid coming out of an open area or wound. This can be infected ...Read more