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Dr. Anne Hale Dr. Hale
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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I just started my period I think and its light brown and my lower stomach hurts but its so light im 27 yrs. Old and never had this happen

I just started my period I think and its light brown and my lower stomach hurts but its so light im 27 yrs. Old and never had this happen

MANY CAUSES: First thing I would do is check a pregnancy test! there are many causes of changes to your menses and cramping such as stress, infections, pregnancy so you might consider being seen by your ob/gyn or primary health care provider.

Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


Dr. Michael Kleerekoper Dr. Kleerekoper
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
47 years in practice
University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Mohammed Parvez Dr. Parvez
Internal Medicine
10 years in practice
NTR University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada, Deccan College of Medical Sciences
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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau Dr. Juchau
Family Medicine
29 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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Hi, I just started my period and the blood is brown which it yes usually red like it should be. Any help?

Hi, I just started my period and the blood is brown which it yes usually red like it should be. Any help?

Menses: The brown represents old blood and is likely just clearing out before new blood from this month will start. This is not an unusual occurrence. Nothing to be overly concerned about.

Dr. Carol Peters-tanksley Dr. Peters-tanksley
Obstetrics & Gynecology
31 years in practice
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
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I have just started my period and I have brown discharge but there's no blood. Is this normal?

I have just started my period and I have brown discharge but there's no blood. Is this normal?

Probably: Some brown discharge at the beginning of your period is not uncommon, and not a sign of any problem in itself. At age 48 your hormones are likely changing, and your periods may be lighter and less frequent as you get closer to menopause.

Dr. Stuart Winkler Dr. Winkler
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
44 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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I just started my period today and it was a brownish color then it just stopped. Is that normal?

I just started my period today and it was a brownish color then it just stopped. Is that normal?

Period: Periods can varying duration, timing and amount of bleeding. It is possible you may have break through bleeding due to not ovulation.

Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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What is it when u have your period and its brown?

What is it when u have your period and its brown?

Prob irreg period: Sounds like an irregular period. Brown usually means old blood that has been sitting at the back of the vagina. If this is not typical for you then track your cycles for the next few months to see if they normalize. Often things get back to normal the next cycle.

Dr. Timothy Brown Dr. Brown
Obstetrics & Gynecology
40 years in practice
University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
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I just started my period a few hours ago and I went to go change my pad and there is only a little blood and it is thick and black. Not brown, black.

I just started my period a few hours ago and I went to go change my pad and there is only a little blood and it is thick and black. Not brown, black.

No problem: If blood sits in the air long enough it will turn black. Because you are bleeding so lightly it has probably been going on longer than you realize, giving the blood enough time to turn from red to brown to black.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What does it mean when you get your period and its brown not red?

Only that older: Deoxygenated blood is being shed from the uterus. It is ok.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Started my period and just had brown discharge before it started?

Started my period and just had brown discharge before it started?

Old blood: Brown can be old blood. So it may be the very beginning of your period.

Dr. Walter Kobasa Dr. Kobasa
Obstetrics & Gynecology
33 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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I just started my period. It brown and feels like drit. I have never seen it like that. My tubes are brunt.?

Probably normal: Not uncommon for spotting prior to the heavier blood. The color and the cosistancy are normal.

Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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The last 4 days I have had brown discharge. Then I just started my period 9 days early. Should I be worried?

The last 4 days I have had brown discharge. Then I just started my period 9 days early. Should I be worried?

Monitor: A period starting a few days early is not abnormal at all. Having a lighter or heavier period from time to time is also normal. I would monitor your cycles over the next few months and see what they are like. Birth control is great at regulating menstrual cycles.

Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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I just started my period today. Just spotting, & really light, & brown. & my period is normally regular. Why is it like this?

I just started my period today. Just spotting, & really light, & brown. & my period is normally regular. Why is it like this?

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.

Dr. Ron Eaker Dr. Eaker
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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Dr. Betsy Greenleaf Dr. Greenleaf
Gynecology
19 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School
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I am on my period right now and I've been having nothing but dark brown discharge since the day I started my period and I have never experienced this?

I am on my period right now and I've been having nothing but dark brown discharge since the day I started my period and I have never experienced this?

Can be: Sometimes you may pass old blood which may have a brownish color to it, while new/fresh blood will be bright red. These are both normal as long as not associated with any other symptoms

Dr. Mary Engrav Dr. Engrav
Emergency Medicine
27 years in practice
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Why am im feeling nasheus and breaste hurting? Could have I started my period and than stoped cause I conceved? I had a wirred period last month it was one day red for a few hours than stoped for a day than starting spoting a pinkish brown just when I wip

Why am im feeling nasheus and breaste hurting? Could have I started my period and than stoped cause I conceved? I had a wirred period last month it was one day red for a few hours than stoped for a day than starting spoting a pinkish brown just when I wip

Please: Please see your doctor for your symptoms. You may need a blood pregnancy test (HCG) which is more accurate than the home tests, and your sympotms need to be evaluated. Spotting can occur during normal and abnormal pregnancies.

Dr. Marwan Hammoud Dr. Hammoud
Family Medicine
years in practice
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Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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On march 15th I started my period and it ended around the 21st. Well monday I started having brown discharge could I be pregnant?

On march 15th I started my period and it ended around the 21st. Well monday I started having brown discharge could I be pregnant?

Take a test: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctors office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection.

Dr. Philip Miller Dr. Miller
Family Medicine
43 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Light brown period very light flow just a little bit of spotting is this normal?

Light brown period very light flow just a little bit of spotting is this normal?

It happens sometimes: Many women have occasional variation of their mucus discharge, some spotting between periods, a heavier period, a lighter period, a longer or shorter period, or even a missed period. Having one or two of these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean there is a medical problem, but a visit to one’s primary care or Ob-Gyn doctor is a good idea if symptoms are persistent, recurring, or worrisome.

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