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Should I count my light brownish discharge as a period?

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Dr. Timothy Gorski
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Maybe

If you are on birth control pills or using the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud a period can be so light that it amounts to spotting.
The brown color just means that the blood has been in the vagina for a while. On the other hand, if you are not using contraception then this may not be a period. When physicians think of a "period" we mean the bleeding a woman gets when she ovulates but does not conceive that month.

In brief: Maybe

If you are on birth control pills or using the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud a period can be so light that it amounts to spotting.
The brown color just means that the blood has been in the vagina for a while. On the other hand, if you are not using contraception then this may not be a period. When physicians think of a "period" we mean the bleeding a woman gets when she ovulates but does not conceive that month.
Dr. Timothy Gorski
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Dr. Kamlesh Desai
Family Medicine

In brief: Menses

If your discharge only occurs for a few days then spontaneously resolves, it is a light menses, otherwise it is something that needs to be investigated further with your physician.

In brief: Menses

If your discharge only occurs for a few days then spontaneously resolves, it is a light menses, otherwise it is something that needs to be investigated further with your physician.
Dr. Kamlesh Desai
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