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I had sex for the first time 2 weeks ago, and I'm still bleeding like I'm on my period. Its brown and smells bad.?

I had sex for the first time 2 weeks ago, and I'm still bleeding like I'm on my period. Its brown and smells bad.?

Peace: Perhaps the bleeding is a natural part of sexual intercourse for the first time (torn hymen)? The bad smell may be from having old blood in your vagina? Could you have a sexually transmitted infection? Was a condom used? Questions, questions, questions! You are a smart young lady (you came to healthtap). Get all of your questions answered by your doctor. The truth wil set you free! Peace. ...Read more

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


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Guy's I apologize for all of these questions but I was wondering why I always seem to have a smelly period. My brown discharge afterwards smells foul.

Guy's I apologize for all of these questions but I was wondering why I always seem to have a smelly period. My brown discharge afterwards smells foul.

Do not be sorry: Get an evaluation and the smelly discharge tested to assure you do not have an infection. By getting an evaluation, you can get properly diagnosed and then treated, and all your questions will be answered. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Why am I bleeding when its not my period and its dark brown and smells like vinegar?

Why am I bleeding when its not my period and its dark brown and smells like vinegar?

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 concerned for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are options available to regulate the menstrual cycle. The odor needs a separate evaluation. ...Read more

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Two weeks before my period I bled, then I was two weeks late and now I got my period but it is dark brown and smells like metal. It is not normal.

Two weeks before my period I bled, then I was two weeks late and now I got my period but it is dark brown and smells like metal. It is not 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 ; hormonal changes can cause spotting. If concerned for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are options available to regulate the menstrual cycle. The odor needs a separate evaluation. ...Read more

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I haven't gotten a proper period in 4 months... instead, I am continuously getting a viscous brown discharge that smells like raw onions. Cause?

I haven't gotten a proper period in 4 months... instead, I am continuously getting a viscous brown discharge that smells like raw onions. Cause?

Missed period: Hi, you need evaluation ASAP, you could have infection, retained tissue there, you need proper evaluation and treatment, ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have brown discharge a day after my period and it smells bad?

What does it mean if I have brown discharge a day after my period and it smells bad?

Usually Normal: This is usually just a mixture of old blood from your period mixed with normal vaginal mucous, nothing to be alarmed about. If it continues more than a week then see your doctor to rule out bacterial vaginosis. ...Read more

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Just went off my period 2 days ago had brown spotting and now I have light color green or white with a smells to it?

Just went off my period 2 days ago had brown spotting and now I have light color green or white with a smells to it?

Possible infection: Blood in the vagina can cause changes in your ph balance and can sometimes be the cause of onset of mild infections. If the odor persists, please have it checked out. ...Read more

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I think my period has just finished but there's this brown discharge which smells funny what could it be a sign off?

I think my period has just finished but there's this brown discharge which smells funny what could it be a sign off?

Old blood/tissue: During your period, the lining of your uterus is shed and expelled through your vagina as red blood and tissue. At times, some blood is retained in the vagina and turns brown, before leaking out. It is nothing to worry about.

Take Care! ...Read more

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When I'm on my period, the blood that comes out is a dark red to a dark brown color and smells very bad. Is this normal?

When I'm on my period, the blood that comes out is a dark red to a dark brown color and smells very bad. Is this normal?

Likely no problem.: Along the course of your period every month, usually there are changes in the color, consistency, amount and odor of fluid passed. If the odor continues to be strong or is associated with burning or itching sensation, you might have a vaginal infection. Call your doctor in a couple of days if it has not resolved. Breathe deeply and know you are O.K.:). ...Read more

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I've had been having brown discharges for almost a month. This month I don't know of I even had my period bcoz its so light. Discharge smells like urine. Preg?

I've had been having brown discharges for almost a month. This month I don't know of I even had my period bcoz its so light. Discharge smells like urine. Preg?

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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Vagina staining my underwear brown & it smells bad. Not my period. What is it?

Vagina staining my underwear brown & it smells bad. Not my period. What is it?

It could be bacteria: Vaginosis. See your Dr and get clindamycin or flagyl (both antibiotics) for relief, and see if this gets rid of it. ...Read more

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I got my period today. The blood is dark and sticky. It looks almost dark brown. It smells weird too. I have irregular periods. Is this bad?

I got my period today. The blood is dark and sticky. It looks almost dark brown. It smells weird too. I have irregular periods. Is this bad?

Probably not: If your period is due then this is probably nothing serious. Menstrual blood, urine, & sweat can all smell odd depending on diet. Onions and garlic, in moderate amounts, can add their smell to these secretions. Coffee too. Some medicines, vitamins, supplements, etc., can also do it. An infection is another possibility If this persists get checked. If you have dizziness, pain, fever, go to ER ...Read more

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I have brown discharge and my period was 4 to 5 weeks ago. It doesn't hurt and it smells like being on your period. I'm not sexually active it is very small?

An off month: Brown discharge is usually old blood. This is likely your period although not a normal one for you. It is common to be “off” from time to time. You can monitor the cycles over the next few months. If things don’t go back to normal consider seeing an Obgyn to discuss options for cycle regulation ...Read more

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I have a horrible odor coming from my vagina. I am not sexually active. And have irregular periods. It smells like period and I get light brown discha?

See your doctor: First, I doubt anything truly harmful or dangerous is going on. Second it is not normal for most women to describe discharge so powefully, so you really should see a doctor soon to have this checked out. ...Read more

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I have redish brownish discharge every month after 18th days of my previous periods. I have complex cysts in both the ovaries. Sometimes it smells?

I have redish brownish discharge every month after 18th days of my previous periods. I have complex cysts in both the ovaries. Sometimes it smells?

Evaluation: Please consult a physician to discuss your issues that seem to be related to menstrual irregularity, cysts and infection. More information is needed to give meaningful recommendations. ...Read more

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It's normal that at the end of the period smell really bad. And it's brown?

It's normal that at the end of the period smell really bad. And it's brown?

Period: Smelly brown discharge is never normal. Should review with family doctor and have some swabs done ...Read more

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I have a very bad smell when I am on my period. It also has a brown-ish color. What can that be?

I have a very bad smell when I am on my period. It also has a brown-ish color. What can that be?

Bloody smell: Often times some people have difficulty with the smell of old blood in general, which really can be normal, kind of like how passing gas is a bad smell but you get used to your own...Sometimes though blood becomes a medium for bacteria to grow and you can get bacterial vaginosis. Ask your doctor to test you. ...Read more

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I got my period for the third time this month and it looks brown and has a different smell. What is going on?

I suspect that: Some of the episodes of bleeding are break through due to hormonal imbalances. Brown blood is older, deoxygenated blood being cleaned out of the uterus. ...Read more

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Had a light fishy smell a few day before period, now have a rotten smell at the end of period that has little to no brownish blood and light mucus.

Had a light fishy smell a few day before period, now have a rotten smell at the end of period that has little to no brownish blood and light mucus.

Bacterial vaginosis?: The most common discharge with "fishy" or "rotten" odor is bacterial vaginosis. BV is overgrowth of mostly normal bacteria. It's not an STD, but more common in women with STDs like gonorrhea and chlamydia. Trichomonas, an STD, can cause similar odor and discharge. Of course chance of STD depends on risk, partner history, etc. BV is easily treated. See a doctor soon for testing, treatment. ...Read more

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My period lasted 10 days and at the end blood turned into dark brown blood with a bad smell.

My period lasted 10 days and at the end blood turned into dark brown blood with a bad smell.

? infection: Dark coloring of menses bleeding toward the end of the period can be normal. Watch for signs of infection like sensitivity, itching. Probably just a long cycle, change the tampon, pad often. ...Read more

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I have bled different blood that's not my period I had it for.4 days. It didn. Smell like period and ws sligh8tly brown? What is this blood?

I have bled different blood that's not my period I had it for.4 days. It didn. Smell like period and ws sligh8tly brown? What is this blood?

You may have had: Some break through bleeding due to an imbalance of estrogen/ progesterone. It can be brown if it is older, deoxygenated blood. Take care. ...Read more

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Menstrual Period (Definition)

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