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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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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