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What exactly does brown vaginal discharge mean?

What exactly does brown vaginal discharge 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

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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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 can a brown vaginal discharge mean?

What can a brown vaginal discharge mean?

Spotting: Brown vaginal discharge can mean small amounts of bleeding and it turns brown when older or it can mean severe vaginal infection. Brown vaginal discharge is also associated with a retained tampon. In pregnancy it can mean possible miscarriage and should be checked by doctor. Mid Cycle, it can indicate ovulation and 1 week postulation, it can signal implantation. ...Read more

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What could brown vaginal discharge mean? In the past two weeks I have been diagnosed with diverticulitis (though they can't be sure) and given birth control for pain management from fibrosis sis. Today and yesterday I started having brown vaginal dischar

What could brown vaginal discharge mean? In the past two weeks I have been diagnosed with diverticulitis (though they can't be sure) and given birth control for pain management from fibrosis sis. Today and yesterday I started having brown vaginal dischar

Please see a doctor.: Much if medicine is ruling out the worst thing first. Or at leat making sure you don't need urgent treatment. With diverticulitis I would worry the brown discharge was stool or blood from a fistula. A fistula is a connection between things that should not be connected. Hopefully it is just abnormal menses. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have brown vaginal discharge that smells like metal what does that mean?

I have brown vaginal discharge that smells like metal what does that mean?

Discharge: Unfortunately, neither the color, nor the smell of the discharge is diagnostic of any disorder. It needs to be tested to know what it may be. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if I have brown vaginal discharge?

Usually old blood: Depending on other history (periods, other symptoms) may or may not be important. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have light brown vaginal discharge?

What does it mean when you have light brown vaginal discharge?

Not much: It just means that you had some leftover blood in the back of the vagina that is now coming out after you finished your period. Brown just indicates old blood which has been sitting at the back of the vagina for awhile. ...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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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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What does it mean when you have brown vaginal discharge and never had your period before?

What does it mean when you have brown vaginal discharge and never had your period before?

It might be a period: Your first period might just be a little brown mucous without red blood. Make sure and let your mother know that you might be starting. ...Read more

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Hasn't had her first period yet (she is14) but she has been having a darkish brown vaginal discharge for the past couple of days. What does this mean?

Hasn't had her first period yet (she is14) but she has been having a darkish brown vaginal discharge for the past couple of days. What does this mean?

Some bleeding: Dark brown discharge is almost certainly related to some degree of bleeding. If it persists, she should be seen to evaluate for abnormal bleeding. It would be appropriate to observe for another month to see if it recurs - if so it may be the beginning of her menses. ...Read more

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Light brown vaginal discharge 2 days after period ended slight itching at times. What does this mean?

Light brown vaginal discharge 2 days after period ended slight itching at times. What does this mean?

If it persists: It is probably an infection and needs to be checked by gyn. If it goes away in few days then it is left over old blood from period coming out and causing irritation. ...Read more

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The past couple of months, my period starts off light with brown vaginal discharge then regulates. I am a virgin and worried. What does this mean?

The past couple of months, my period starts off light with brown vaginal discharge then regulates. I am a virgin and worried. What does 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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Since I have brown vaginal discharge, does that mean I was suppose to have my period that month? And can I still concieve with that?

Since I have brown vaginal discharge, does that mean I was suppose to have my period that month? And can I still concieve with that?

Check a test: It sounds more like you just had an episode of midcycle spotting. Brown is usually old blood. Anyone having sex without birth control or condoms is at risk of getting pregnant. The only way to know will be to check a test. If you miss your period then take one and you will have your answer. If negative schedule a visit for birth control. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I got brown vaginal discharge twice in 1 month? Should I go on provera (medroxyprogesterone) oral to get my period back?

Not necessarily: If you're having regular periods and then just some brown discharge that's occasional there's no need to go on oral provera (medroxyprogesterone). If you aren't having your period and you only have brown discharge, then, yes, definitely speak with your doctor about the cycles. Good luck! ...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