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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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Thick, dark brown mousse consistency like vaginal discharge. I need to know what it is and what's causing it. I've been on birth control for 2 months.

Thick, dark brown mousse consistency like vaginal discharge. I need to know what it is and what's causing it. I've been on birth control for 2 months.

Anovulation: It sounds as if you're experiencing anovulatory cycles. These are cycles in which the ovary fails to release an egg. This disrupts hormonal levels and makes the cycle abnormal. ...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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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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I keep having dark brown vaginal discharge is there an explanation for it? It's been going on for a few weeks.

I keep having dark brown vaginal discharge is there an explanation for it? It's been going on for a few weeks.

Brown discharge: Period blood varies from bright red, to dark, to brown. There's iron in blood cells, and when it oxidizes, or rusts, it changes color. At start of period it's red, then brown. During perimenopause, periods start brown then red then brown again.
Since you don't mention meds or sexual activity, can't say. May need to be checked if after ur next period it continues. Good Luck ...Read more

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Dark brown, heavy vaginal discharge. Fills a liner multiple times a day. What is this from??

Vaginal Infection: Nonspecific inflammation. If you have curry discharge it could be yeast infection. If it is clear and itching it could be trichomonas. If it is foul smelling it could be anaerobic bacterial vaginitis. You may have to rule out STDs. Go to your doctor who can check and treat you appropriately ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a brown thick vaginal discharge after having a baby?

Is it normal to have a brown thick vaginal discharge after having a baby?

Yes: After having a baby you can have vaginal bleeding and discharge for up to 6 weeks and be normal. ...Read more

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My vaginal discharge was turning orange as it dried. Now it turns a dark grayish brown?

My vaginal discharge was turning orange as it dried. Now it turns a dark grayish brown?

See doctor: Dark greyish brown discharge could be a sign of bacterial vaginosis (typically associated with greyish discharge). Orange isn't a typical color for discharge either, so you may want to see your family doctor or gynecologist to get checked out and make sure health of vagina is good. BV is common and is typically not a STD, but rather an overgrowth of normal bacteria of the vagina. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I've been experiencing dark brown vaginal discharge for about 10 days now? I'm worried. Why am I getting this or what can I do to prevent it?

Be seen: Vaginal discharge is obviously common in young women and may not indicate anything is wrong. Sexual activity, infection, irregular periods, break through bleeding on hormonal contraceptives, ovarian cysts, changes in hormone levels can all lead to this nonspecific symptom. ...Read more

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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

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I have been having dark brownish, black vaginal discharge for over a month. I recently had a normal Pap smear. Could something still be wrong?

I have been having dark brownish, black vaginal discharge for over a month. I recently had a normal Pap smear. Could something still be wrong?

Yes: A normal PAP smear does not address issues inside the uterus. Did you have a normal period? Menstrual irregularities are not uncommon and anovulatory cycle is a common cause. If you miss more than two periods it would be time to see your doctor. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time. You may consider implanted contraceptive or an IUD.
Consult this site for more information on this topic.
http://www. Nichd. Nih. Gov/health/topics/menstruation/conditioninfo/Pages/causes. Aspx
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about dark brown vaginal discharge in the first trimester?

Should I be concerned about dark brown vaginal discharge in the first trimester?

Yes: This may indicate a threatened miscarriage and occurs when there is a mild separation of the early placenta. Strict bedrest and no intercoarse. Progesterone administration is found to be helpful in relaxing the uterus and allowing the separation to heal. See you ob/gyn. ...Read more

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I have a dark-brown vaginal discharge, and my period is not due till may 25... Should I be worried?

I have a dark-brown vaginal discharge, and my period is not due till may 25... Should I be worried?

Irregular bleeding: 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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Why do I have light pink very thick vaginal discharge? It is odorless & clumpy texture. Been having for the past month & started birth control also

Why do I have light pink very thick vaginal discharge? It is odorless & clumpy texture. Been having for the past month & started birth control also

Get tested: 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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Why do I have dark brown vaginal discharge for several days after my period? It happens after every menstal cycle.

Why do I have dark brown vaginal discharge for several days after my period? It happens after every menstal cycle.

Menses: This simply may be delayed clearance of blood from the lining of the uterus, but the only way to evaluate this would be to do a pelvic exam. See your gynecologist. ...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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What could thick stringy white odorless vaginal discharge mean. Treated numerous times with 3 and 7 date yeast infection treatments.?

What could thick stringy white odorless vaginal discharge mean. Treated numerous times with 3 and 7 date yeast infection treatments.?

Normal ovulation: Odorless, stringy, white vaginal discharge is a typical description of the vaginal mucous observed mid-cycle during ovulation. It is physiologic, i.e. Normal, during that part of the menstrual cycle. ...Read more

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Have very dark brown vaginal discharge this morning. A week before period should start. Have not had sex in last 2 months. On the pill for almost year?

Have very dark brown vaginal discharge this morning. A week before period should start. Have not had sex in last 2 months. On the pill for almost year?

Irregular period: This could just be a small irregularity in the period. Stress, infection, antibiotic use can all cause these irregularities. If you don't have pelvic pain or fever then you can see how it goes this month. If this occurs next month then see your doctor for check up. ...Read more

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I am not sexually active and missed my period for 5 months. I have a dark brown vaginal discharge. What can it be?

Many things: There are a variety of conditions which can cause vaginal discharge. It may simply be spotting or it may be a vaginal infection. There are several vaginal infections which are not sexually transmitted. Missing your period for 5 months is also not normal. Take a pregnancy test today to rule out the most common reason for missing a period. Then go see your doctor. ...Read more

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Thick white odorless vaginal discharge, some itching and sorta burning sensation, what's happening please. Also having a bad taste in my mouth?

Thick white odorless vaginal discharge, some itching and sorta burning sensation, what's happening please. Also having a bad taste in my mouth?

Probable yeast: You probably have a vaginal yeast infection. Best to see your gyn. However, if not possible, try over the counter Monistat cream. You should feel relief fairly soon. If not, def. Try to see your gyn. Doubt bad taste in mouth is related but it could be. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am on nordette (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) pills for 2mos now and I noticed I am having thick odorless yellowish vaginal discharge. Is it still normal?

I am on nordette (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) pills for 2mos now and I noticed I am having thick odorless yellowish vaginal discharge. Is it still normal?

Discharge: Birth control pills can thicken the cervical mucus and because on the pill your body's hormones will change you might also experience a change in vaginal discharge. However any discharge that is not white, that is accompanied by itching or burning or an odor can signal a vaginal infection. If it is bothersome you should definitely see a health care provider. ...Read more

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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