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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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I woke up with brown discharge/spotting this morning... I'm in the middle of my periods. Is this bad?

I woke up with brown discharge/spotting this morning... I'm in the middle of my periods. Is this bad?

The brown discharge: Is likely to be old blood. Sounds like it is just some of the blood from your period. Take care. ...Read more

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I have iregular period I had spotting last month and brown discharges last month but this month I start my period reall havy Is tht normal?

I have iregular period I had spotting last month and brown discharges last month but this month I start my period reall havy Is tht normal?

Probably normal: It sounds like you are having breakthrough bleeding/ spotting (the brown blood), while taking the birth control pill. This happens if you forget to take them daily. You don't ovulate on the pill, so no one ever has a "period" while on the pill. Bleeding that occurs on placebo pills is a "withdrawal bleed". If you try continuous cycling you can stop all bleeding, which is safe and expected. ...Read more

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Last month my period lasted only two days and was very light. Now my period is late and am discharging brown mixed with spotting. What could this mean

Last month my period lasted only two days and was very light. Now my period is late and am discharging brown mixed with spotting. What could this mean

Pregnant?: Always start with a pregnancy test. If this is negative (not pregnant) and you have had unprotected sex, the step is to see a doctor to evaluate for a sexually transmitted infection. If you truly have not had sex, you can relax and observe for a few more cycles. ...Read more

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Last period 6/7 weeks ago. Brown discharge instead of period last week for 2 days. Usually 4-week period cycle. Took hpt ytd afternoon neg. Am I preg?

Last period 6/7 weeks ago. Brown discharge instead of period last week for 2 days. Usually 4-week period cycle. Took hpt ytd afternoon neg. Am I preg?

Depends: Did you have unprotected sex since your period 6-7 weeks ago. If no, and you did the test correctly, you are not pregnant. To be sure, you may get a blood test for HCG. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I found brown discharge instead of actual period what's going on?

I found brown discharge instead of actual period what's going on?

Brown discharge: May be older, deoxygenated blood. However if you develop discharge that has an odor, causes redness, swelling, itching or pain - please seek medical evaluation. ...Read more

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How come I have dark brown discharge with pink and red in it instead of a period.?

How come I have dark brown discharge with pink and red in it instead of a period.?

Brown d/c: Brown blood is always a sign of old blood. It could be a sign of implantation. I would get a pregnancy test, and f/u with your ob/gyn. ...Read more

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I got some stringy dark/light brown discharge for a couple days instead of a period, what could that mean?

Pregnancy test?: If you're having sex, the first thing to do is a home urine pregnancy test. They are very accurate. If pregnancy isn't a possibility, there may be a temporary hormonal shift. If things don't get back to normal by next month, seeking care to figure out cause could be helpful. ...Read more

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For the past 3+ months, I've had a brown discharge instead of a period, and it lasts for approx. 2 weeks. Now sure what's going on?

For the past 3+ months, I've had a brown discharge instead of a period, and it lasts for approx. 2 weeks. Now sure what's going on?

Brown = old blood: 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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Had Pink/Light brown discharge for few hours 4 days ago instead of period. Test Negative this morning. Hving odorless discharge. Any chance of pg?

Had Pink/Light brown discharge for few hours 4 days ago instead of period. Test Negative this morning. Hving odorless discharge. Any chance of pg?

Maybe not, but...: It can be hard to tell if a woman is pregnant because some of the symptoms seen in early pregnancy can also happen in non-pregnant women. A urine pregnancy test gives a reliable result if done correctly. One can test about 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), or 1 week after missing a period. An Ob-Gyn doctor can evaluate any persistent or worrisome symptoms. ...Read more

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Why do I get brown discharge instead of my period?

Why do I get brown discharge instead of my period?

The brown discharge: Might be your period. Brown discharge is usually older, deoxygenated blood from the uterus. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have brown discharge instead of a period on implanon?

Is it normal to have brown discharge instead of a period on implanon?

Yes: Implanon may cause spotting or missed periods, typically not a concern. For detailed information, see: http://www. Implanon-usa. Com/en/hcp/learn-about-it/get-the-facts/warnings/index. Asp. ...Read more

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I have had brown discharge for the past two months instead of my period. What should I do?

I have had brown discharge for the past two months instead of my period. What should I do?

See your GYN: Only an office examination with a microscopic analysis of the discharge can determine whether the it is due to blood or an infection. Then, depending on the cause, s/he can determine the best treatment to fix the problem. ...Read more

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My period was due a week ago but instead im having this brown discharge, what is it? It never happened before

My period was due a week ago but instead im having this brown discharge, what is it? It never happened before

Sexually active?: If you are sexually active and have not used protection, you could be pregnant. First step is to take a pregnancy test. If the test is negative, and you have not had unprotected sex recently (in the last 10 days), don't worry about it. There are times where women will have an abnormal period. Stress plays a factor. No evaluation is needed until you have had three consecutive abnormal cycle. ...Read more

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Instead of my period this month, I have had a small amount of brown discharge everyday for about 3 months now.?

Instead of my period this month, I have had a small amount of brown discharge everyday for about 3 months now.?

Pregnant?: Make sure you check a preg test, but it could be anovulatory bleeding (indicative of irregular ovarian function), breakthrough bleeding (inadequate cycle control from hormonal contraception), or even infection. Make an appt or eval by your gyn. ...Read more

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Spotting (Definition)

Spotting (vaginal spotting) is a symptom in which a woman has light bleeding from the vagina between menstrual cycles. Spotting is usually very light and may be just a ...Read more