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Tan / brown vaginal discharge only when wiping in bathroom, faint iron smell but no other symptoms? Want to avoid doctor visit at all cost!

Tan / brown vaginal discharge only when wiping in bathroom, faint iron smell but no other symptoms? Want to avoid doctor visit at all cost!

Blood has iron.: Hemoglobin has iron in it, which explains the smell. Having a menstrual cycle or spotting can cause the tan brown discharge. If it burns when voiding, it could suggest a urinary tract infection. Go see the doctor if you are having cramping, burning when voiding, or low back pain. See a doctor if you are having sexual activity as other causes like STDs are possible. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Ogden
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Iron Supplements (Definition)

Effective treatment for anemia is generally taking an iron supplement by mouth. Iron pills are large and difficult for some women to swallow. If so, you can usually break them in half and have one half with breakfast and the other with lunch. Drink a lot of water and eat foods that are high in fiber as iron can be constipating. You doctor may also prescribe ...Read more


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I am getting a reddish white vaginal discharge what is wrong? Its reddish white and smells really bad. I am still getting my period every month

I am getting a reddish white vaginal discharge what is wrong? Its reddish white and smells really bad. I am still getting my period every month

The: The fact that it smells bad indicates there may be an infectious process going on. You should see your doctor for an appropriate work up and treatment.
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What are the causes of reddish brown vaginal discharge?

Old blood usually: When bright red blood bleeds inside your uterus during your period it might sit there for some time, congeal into a clot, and then later liquify and come out as dark menstrual blood. As it sits longer in the genital tract it gets browner and by the time you see anything it is a mixture of newer (red) blood and older (brown) blood. ...Read more

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What does red in your vaginal discharge mean?

What does red in your vaginal discharge mean?

Bleeding: A blood-tinged vaginal discharge indicates that there is bleeding either from the vagina, cervix or uterus. This could be a sign of infection or some kind of anatomic change, such as a polyp. This is easily evaluated by your ob/gyn. ...Read more

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I have been noticing red / brown vaginal discharge for almost everyday since my last period (it's been weeks) and no other symptoms. Is that normal?

I have been noticing red / brown vaginal discharge for almost everyday since my last period (it's been weeks) and no other symptoms. Is that normal?

Irregular bleeding: Irregular bleeding 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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13 days old girl with snot-like reddish vaginal discharge. Is this normal or a sign of infection?

13 days old girl with snot-like reddish vaginal discharge. Is this normal or a sign of infection?

Normal event: Probably 1/10 infant females will have a small amount of menstrual blood as early as the 4th and seldom later than the 12th day after birth. It is seldom more than would cover a few q-tips. This is due to withdrawal of pregnancy hormones which stimulate the baby uterus. Many more will have a mucousy sticky discharge. It should be a one time event. ...Read more

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I'm having an abnormal vaginal discharge. This has been going on for 4 days. Reddish&yellowish. It's now yellowish brown. Not too scanty. Not too much?

I'm having an abnormal vaginal discharge. This has been going on for 4 days. Reddish&yellowish. It's now yellowish brown. Not too scanty. Not too much?

Various reasons: Vaginal discharge requires an examination to determine the cause and treatment. Bacterial vaginosis is the most common cause and often has a vaginal odor. Vaginal itching can be a sign of a yeast infection. Sometimes vaginal discharge can be a sign of a sexual transmitted infection. Testing is important to determine the treatment and keep you and your partner safe. ...Read more

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I have light red brown vaginal discharge and odor what can it be? I had unprotected sex a few weeks ago

Possibly: Pregnancy is always a possibility. Purchase and perform a home pregnancy test. They usually become positive when you're about a week late. If it's negative, repeat it in 1 week and see your doctor. ...Read more

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For some reason I have red tinged vaginal discharge. I have been off my cycle for about a week. I just noticed it happening today. I don't feel ill besides a headache half the day. It's happened before but went away. Should I be concerned or not?

For some reason I have red tinged vaginal discharge. I have been off my cycle for about a week. I just noticed it happening today. I don't feel ill besides a headache half the day. It's happened before but went away. Should I be concerned or not?

No: Variations in menses and timing of onset is common. Unless you are concerned about being pregnant, its not a issue. Ibuprofen for pain as needed and watch for symptoms to improve. If it worsens, talk to your gyn
for further work up
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Dr M ...Read more

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Bright red blood spots in stools, vaginal discharge foul smelling. What might be possible cause for my age?

Bright red blood spots in stools, vaginal discharge foul smelling. What might be possible cause for my age?

Bloody stool: Blood in your stool is not normal and needs from the evaluation by your doctor. While they're doing that they can also test your vaginal discharge for infection. ...Read more

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I have frequent vaginal discharge, ob examined cervix it was red, with discharge and foul odor, gave kanesten to apply inside did it 3 times still sam?

I have frequent vaginal discharge, ob examined cervix it was red, with discharge and foul odor, gave kanesten to apply inside did it 3 times still sam?

Different Antibiotic: Canesten cream is an antifungal medication. The foul odor may indicate that rather than a yeast infection, you have a different type of infection and need a different antibiotic. A common infection that gives you a foul odor is Bacterial vaginosis. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I've been having a light red vaginal discharge. I've been having unprotected sex for almost 2 months. What can this mean?

I've been having a light red vaginal discharge. I've been having unprotected sex for almost 2 months. What can this mean?

Vag discharge: After two months of unprotected sex, this could be a sexually transmitted infection or an early pregancy. Time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I had a boil on my vagina and it popped a couple days ago now I have a lot of vaginal discharge like brown and red sometimes black! Is this normal?

I had a boil on my vagina and it popped a couple days ago now I have a lot of vaginal discharge like brown and red sometimes black! Is this normal?

Boil vagina: Brown and red and black discharge coming from any orifice in the body cannot be normal. Your boil is a combination of pus and blood (fresh and clotted). You should be seen by a clinician as soon as possible for an examination in order to determine the extent of the abscess. ...Read more

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Why do I have vaginal discharge especially when the weather changes and gets really cold? The discharge is akin to menstruation, red in colour.

Needs testing: Vaginal discharge requires an examination to determine the cause and treatment. Bacterial vaginosis is the most common cause and often has a vaginal odor. Vaginal itching can be a sign of a yeast infection. Sometimes vaginal discharge can be a sign of a sexual transmitted infection. Testing is important to determine the treatment and keep you and your partner safe. ...Read more

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Hi, i'v noticed that for about two days I've had a white vaginal discharge. It does itch a bit and it's a bit red. No odor though, what could it be?

Hi, i'v noticed that for about two days I've had a white vaginal discharge. It does itch a bit and it's a bit red. No odor though, what could it be?

Most likely yeast: Hello Elizabeth,

When you are speaking of an itchy vaginal discharge the first thing that comes to mind is a yeast infection. These, as you describe do not have a foul or fishy odor. The discharge may be clumpy like cottage cheese or simply just thick and pasty. There are several OTC treatments that will make you feel better and if this does not work your doctor can help. ...Read more

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Irregular periods, thick dark brown vaginal discharge, followed by bright red mucus-like discharge, then dark brown again for 4 days now. What is it?

Irregular periods, thick dark brown vaginal discharge, followed by bright red mucus-like discharge, then dark brown again for 4 days now. What is it?

Probably normal: Dark brown discharge is just old blood. The first thing to rule out is always pregnancy. If that's negative then you probably have a hormone imbalance making your periods irregular. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...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