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I had a colonoscopy and polyp removed 3days ago. I have had thick brown vaginal discharge since. Is this normal.

I had a colonoscopy and polyp removed 3days ago. I have had thick brown vaginal discharge since. Is this normal.

No: Colonoscopy has nothing to do with vaginal situations. If no tumor was detected perforating anterior wall of rectum into vagina, which I suspect is not the case, then vaginal discharge is uterine in origin. Blood that remains in utero and passes to the vagina will decompose and appear as a brown discharge. One must examine the uterus by ultrasound to see what the endometrial lining is like. ...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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1 week with thick black/brown vaginal discharge, now 1 week of extreme light bleeding. What is going on? On implanon and tranexamic acid whilst I bleed.

1 week with thick black/brown vaginal discharge, now 1 week of extreme light bleeding. What is going on? On implanon and tranexamic acid whilst I bleed.

Typical: Irregular bleeding is an almost universal side effect of implanon. There is no normal time for your period on this birth control  method. Irregular bleeding can be annoying but it does not mean that the method is not working. This side effect is very typical of Progesterone only birth control methods. ...Read more

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On the pill, skipped sugar pills four days ago, am experiencing thick dark brown vaginal discharge. I have unprotected sex as well. Please help me.?

On the pill, skipped sugar pills four days ago, am experiencing thick dark brown vaginal discharge. I have unprotected sex as well. Please help me.?

Sugar pills: Skipping the sugar pills shouldn't be a problem. Having unprotected sex during this time may place you at risk for a sexually transmitted infection. See your doctor for an assessment, cultures and any necessary treatment. Some patients do get pregnant taking birth control pills so a pregnancy test should be part of your workup. All the best and stay safe. ...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

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What is causing brown vaginal discharge after missed period?

What is causing brown vaginal discharge after missed period?

The brown discharge: Is most likely old, deoxygenated blood being cleaned from your uterus. You may be having a hormonal imbalance. Take care. ...Read more

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Why am I getting brown vaginal discharge after 2 weeks of missed period?

Why am I getting brown vaginal discharge after 2 weeks of missed period?

Are you pregnant?: If your period is 2 weeks late, and your pregnancy test is negative, then you are probably getting your period. If there is an abnormal odor, pain, itching, or irritation, you might have an infection and you should see your doctor. At age 17, if you are not trying to get pregnant, you need to be on birth control and a condom if you are sexually active. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can cause brown vaginal discharge after sex while on birth control?

What can cause brown vaginal discharge after sex while on birth control?

See your doctor: Brown discharge is typically light bleeding. There are lots of causes of bleeding, including pregnancy, stds, other infections, polyps, or fibroids. You should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Heavy brown vaginal discharge after sex on the pill. Should I be worried?

Heavy brown vaginal discharge after sex on the pill. Should I be worried?

No: If the cervix is hit at all during intercourse it might bleed a bit and cause brown or red discharge and also might hurt. This is normal. ...Read more

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For two months, I am having brown vaginal discharge after period. It starts after 5-6 days of stopping my period and continues upto next cycle?

For two months, I am having brown vaginal discharge after period. It starts after 5-6 days of stopping my period and continues upto next cycle?

Something is wrong: This is abnormal. It is past time for an examination at the GYN's office. Please contact them today to make an appointment to be seen. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm 10 days late and I have brown vaginal discharge?

What to do if I'm 10 days late and I have brown vaginal discharge?

Late period: You may be pregnant so a home pregnancy test is recommended. If the test is negative, I would recommend that you go see a Dr/provider like a nurse practitioner for evaluation. ...Read more

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For the past 2 weeks I have brown vaginal discharge what's the cause?

Maybe old blood: It might be old blood but without a MD examining the discharge, I cannot confirm that suspicion. ...Read more

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I have been having brown vaginal discharge for a couple days, what could this mean?

I have been having brown vaginal discharge for a couple days, what could this mean?

Sounds normal!: During periods, we shed the inner lining of the uterus -- the endometrium -- if we're not pregnant. Sometimes that shed layer may not come out for a day or two & can turn brown. So can be normal; why it changed, I can't say. If you are having low pelvic pain, the discharge is unusually foul smelling, or your have a fever, though, it could be an infection -- then see an ob/gyn! Good luck! ...Read more

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I am virgin and I'm having dark brown vaginal discharge. What is it? I'm so worried.

I am virgin and I'm having dark brown vaginal discharge. What is it? I'm so worried.

Brown is blood: Brown is the color of old blood that has lost all of its oxygen. This is just the uterus cleaning itself out. ...Read more

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Hi, I have been having brown vaginal discharge constantly for the past 2 months and I'm not sure why???

Vaginitis: Brown Discharge for two months is usually some kind of vaginal infection see OBGyn or your family physician to evaluate you in person ...Read more

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Brown vaginal discharge 2 weeks before period?

May be ovulation: Occasionally we see a small amount of bleeding right at the time of ovulation and that could produce this brown discharge. Get checked if there are other symptoms or if it persists. ...Read more

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Brown vaginal discharge with bread like smell. Help?

Brown vaginal discharge with bread like smell. Help?

Sounds like a yeast: Sounds like a yeast infection (candidal vaginitis). Can cause a brownish discharge. Easily treated with either otc anti-yeast preparations or prescription anti-yeast preparations. ...Read more

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Watery brown vaginal discharge with no pain or itching?

Watery brown vaginal discharge with no pain or itching?

Get checked: You need to get checked by your GYN to see if there is an infection. ...Read more

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Is brown vaginal discharge normal when u r 9 weeks pregnate?

Is brown vaginal discharge normal when u r 9 weeks pregnate?

Light Bleeding: Rest assured that in the early weeks of pregnancy, a little spotting or bleeding is very common. The most common cause for experiencing a brown discharge during pregnancy, especially in the later half of the first trimester, is that the body is getting rid of the older blood remnants in the cervix. As the baby grows, the original blood which is used to protect the womb is no longer required. ...Read more

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What does pink/dries brown vaginal discharge mean? Side effect of plan b?

What does pink/dries brown vaginal discharge mean? Side effect of plan b?

Can be: Plan b commonly causes irregular bleeding for up to 2 months after taking. Be sure to take a pregnancy test 14 days after the sex to be sure it worked. Risk of pregnancy if Plan B was taken within 72 hours of the sex is less than 1%. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a UTI & brown vaginal discharge what does this mean?

What to do if I have a UTI & brown vaginal discharge what does this mean?

Probably Unrelated: During periods, we shed the inner lining of the uterus -- the endometrium -- if we're not pregnant. Sometimes that shed layer may not come out for a day or two & can turn brown. So can be normal; why it changed, I can't say. If you are having low pelvic pain, the discharge is unusually foul smelling, or your have a fever, though, it could be an infection -- then see an ob/gyn! Good luck! ...Read more

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Brown vaginal discharge for 3 days can this be implantation spotting?? 2 weeks since sex.

Brown vaginal discharge for 3 days can this be implantation spotting?? 2 weeks since sex.

Implantation: Implantation bleeding is much more common on the internet than in real life. It occurs rarely and exclusively in someone who is pregnant. The only way to know if someone had implantation bleeding or just irregular menstrual bleeding is to wait and see if you are pregnant. If your test is positive then this was implantation bleeding. If it is negative then it is just irregular menstrual bleeding. ...Read more

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What causes terrible smelling brown vaginal discharge for at least three days after each period?

What causes terrible smelling brown vaginal discharge for at least three days after each period?

Infection possible: Because of the foul odor, you should probably be seen to rule out infection. If you are a tampon user and leave it in for prolonged periods of time, this can also cause odor. Some slight odor around the period may be normal. ...Read more

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I am on the paragard IUD and have been experiencing a very light-brown vaginal discharge, no odor. Is it abnormal?

I am on the paragard IUD and have been experiencing a very light-brown vaginal discharge, no odor. Is it abnormal?

It depends: If you just had it inserted, pelvic pain and brown discharge are normal. However, if you experience pain, cramping, bleeding or if the discharge does not stop, see your doctor for evaluation and an ultrasound. Your first two periods are most likely be heavier and with more cramps. ...Read more

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I often have brown vaginal discharge especially mid cycle, and some pain. What can be cause? It also doesn't smell great

Fails "sniff" test: Obviously, the discharge fails the "sniff" test and odors are often noted with vaginal or pelvic infections. See a GYN MD soon to be assessed for the same. ...Read more

Dr. Walter Kobasa
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Vaginal Discharge (Definition)

Vaginal discharge is defined as secretions being expelled by the vagina. This can be physiologic or pathologic. Some common causes of abnormal vaginal discharge and yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis and sexually transmitted infections like ...Read more


Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more