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I heard brown discharge is old blood. I understand it comes before or after period, but what is the cause of it lasting for a few weeks?

I heard brown discharge is old blood. I understand it comes before or after period, but what is the cause of it lasting for a few weeks?

Evaluation: Any prolonged bleeding needs further evaluation. The evaluation can include hormonal evaluation, pelvic sonography, and endometrial biopsy. An evaluation by your doctor can help decide which steps are needed. ...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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How long does it take to get rid of old blood? Been having brown discharge for 3 days already. Started a week after my last period.

How long does it take to get rid of old blood? Been having brown discharge for 3 days already. Started a week after my last period.

Variable: This varies from person to person. Some people use a mild vinegar douche to remove residual blood after menses. It is not necessary though since it will clear on its own. ...Read more

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After having sex why is there a brown discharge similar to old blood appear like you are on your period?

After having sex why is there a brown discharge similar to old blood appear like you are on your period?

Irregular bleeding: Irregular spotting is 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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Day 7 no period..Always been regular (26 days). Experienced light brown discharge after intercourse today...What does this mean (old blood or cycle)?

Day 7 no period..Always been regular (26 days). Experienced light brown discharge after intercourse today...What does this mean (old blood or cycle)?

Possibility of preg?: Pregnancy is the most common cause of a missed period. If not pregnant, other causes of a late or missed period include: excessive weight loss or weight gain, increased exercising, emotional stress, having an illness, traveling, medicines (especially birth control pills), hormonal disorders, etc… a visit to one’s ob-gyn doctor is a good idea if symptoms are persistent, recurring, or worrisome. ...Read more

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I also had a "glob" of brown in the middle of discharge a week after my period. Is this old blood and should I call my doctor?

I also had a "glob" of brown in the middle of discharge a week after my period. Is this old blood and should I call my doctor?

Probably old blood: If some brown material in your vaginal discharge on one occasion is the only symptom, probably nothing to worry about. But if it continues, or if you have any itching, burning, pain, or other bleeding, those would be reasons to call your doctor. ...Read more

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15 yrs old had period after 6 months but in brown discharge n bit of blood. Urine resukts no cme but gav samole ova 2 weeks ago. pain in stomach,?

15 yrs old had period after 6 months but in brown discharge n bit of blood. Urine resukts no cme but gav samole ova 2 weeks ago. pain in stomach,?

Not sure what: I do not know what samole ova is. If the brown discharge was at the end of the period this is ok. If the initial discharge was brown and not normal blood then she needs an exam. It is not clear if this was her first period or if she went six months between periods. Either way, I recommend an exam. ...Read more

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I have normal periods and I just finished 7 days ago. The day after my period I have had dark brown odorless discharge. Am I pregnant or old blood?

I have normal periods and I just finished 7 days ago. The day after my period I have had dark brown odorless discharge. Am I pregnant or old blood?

Old blood: Doesn't sound like pregnancy. You had a regular period at the regular time so that pretty much rules out a pregnancy. If you miss a period then you can be concerned about pregnancy. Bleeding can be a little erratic or different from time to time. ...Read more

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Drainage (Definition)

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