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Dr. Hermilando Payen
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What does it mean when you have dark brown discharge then it turns red?

Dr. Hermilando Payen
Board Certified, Pathology
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What does it mean when you have dark brown discharge then it turns red?

Blood clot: You are probably seeing a clot which has a brownish surface but when you break the discharge, the inner part is brighter red blood. Make sure this is not related to your period or early pregnancy because otherwise, you need further questioning and examination by your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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What does it mean when you have dark brown discharge days before your expected period and then it gets lighter then nothing no period?

Dr. Martin Raff
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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Pregnant?: Check using a urine test strip available inexpensively at your local pharmacy. ...Read more

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Stanley Swaby
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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What does it mean when you have off and on dark brown discharge and you missed your period? I am always regular.

Dr. Stanley Swaby
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What does it mean when you have off and on dark brown discharge and you missed your period? I am always regular.

Do a pregnancy test: If you are sexually active, then do a pregnancy test to exclude pregnancy. If you are not pregnant you may have spotting instead of a regular period. It's not unusual for women to have missed period or an irregular period. ...Read more

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Dr. Bruce Pierce
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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What does it mean if you have dark brown discharge as your menstrual cycle? I don't take birth control pills and i'm celibate.

Dr. Bruce Pierce
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What does it mean if you have dark brown discharge as your menstrual cycle? I don't take birth control pills and i'm celibate.

This sounds normal: But see your doctor, if you are concerned. ...Read more

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Jumnah Thanapathy
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Dr. AARATHI Cholkeri-Singh
Board Certified, Gynecology
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I have dark brown discharge its the 3rd day that its heavy. What does it mean? I'm also irregular so i really don't know when will I have my period.

Dr. AARATHI Cholkeri-Singh
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I have dark brown discharge its the 3rd day that its heavy. What does it mean? I'm also irregular so i really don't know when will I have my period.

Unpredictable: Unfortunately, if you have irregular periods, your bleeding patterns and amount will vary. Brown disharge is older blood, therefore this could be your period or an anovulatory bleed. This means that you have irregular bleeding because you don't ovulate every month. You should see a gyn to undergo a complete workup for irregular bleeding. Anovulatory cycles can put you at risk for cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Hector Chapa
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7 to 8 days after my period, I have dark brown discharge especially after sex. Day 2 after my period had unprotected sex with ejaculation. Mean what?

Dr. Hector Chapa
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7 to 8 days after my period, I have dark brown discharge especially after sex. Day 2 after my period had unprotected sex with ejaculation. Mean what?

Intermenstrual Bleed: Spotting/ brownish discharge in between cycles is called intermenstrual bleeeding. It can be normal, or related to a small uterine infection. Some birth control meds can also cause it. Sex 2 days after a normal cycle would be very unlikely to result in a pregnancy. If you are at risk for pregnancy, consider a home preg test. I recommend you mark your periods on a calender to track them. ...Read more

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Dr. Ipe Kalathoor
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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What does it mean when i see dark brown discharge?

Dr. Ipe Kalathoor
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Brown discharge: You are passing old collected blood.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dark brown discharge. What does that mean?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Brown discharge: Brown discharge often contains older, deoxygenated blood ; may be seen after the period. ...Read more

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Dr. Krishna Anand
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Dark brown discharge instead of my mens. For 5dys, 2dys little 3 heavy enough to soak half of sanitary napin 4-5 same with 1st 2dys What does it mean?

Dr. Krishna Anand
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Dark brown discharge instead of my mens. For 5dys, 2dys little 3 heavy enough to soak half of sanitary napin 4-5 same with 1st 2dys What does it mean?

Consult GYN doctor: Dark brown discharge could have been menses , old clotted blood collected in uterus . for a1or2 days Since you are constipated and there is pressure of fecal mass on uterus and vagina .IFyou do not have any other problem , or no h/o injury to genitalia and no more discharge then wait for your next menses .If any such discharge recurs, or still worried then better see GYN doctor . ...Read more

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