Brown Discharge

Every month, the uterus prepares itself for a possible pregnancy by thickening the uterine lining. If conception does not happen, the endometrial lining sheds itself. This is known as normal period bleeding which is usually red. But sometimes, the discharge itself may be dark brown or some may have a brown vaginal discharge just before their periods, during a pregnancy or while they are on the pill. This may be associated with other symptoms as well and is caused by various underlying health conditions which can be reasoned out only by an expert.

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Why are my periods so messed up?

Query: Hello doctor, I have discussed a lot with you about this issue before. Since I last asked for advice, my periods have still been messed up. They seem to come every six weeks and yet nothing really on the pad. I only see blood when I go to the toilet and urinate. The flow of my period must be very ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The current irregularity in your menses since the last one year and the occasional passage of clots indicate a possibility of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). This can be evaluated with a hormonal profile including FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone), LH (luteinizing...  Read Full »

I am pregnant with twins and have been detected with a yeast infection. Is the mucus-like brownish discharge due to the same infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 25 years old and 16 weeks pregnant with twins. I had a yeast infection detected two days ago, and the doctor prescribed me Zocon 150 mg and Cansoft 100 mg pessaries. For one week or more, I have faced blood clots like slippery discharge every time I go to pass urine and have lower...  Read Full »


Dr. Manwani Saloni Dilip

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have vaginal candidiasis from your symptoms and the vaginal swab report (the attachment has been removed to protect the patient's privacy). Cansoft 100 mg pessaries (Clotrimazole) should be used for seven nights, and Zocon (Fluconazole) 150 mg single tablet shou...  Read Full »

Is the thick bloody, and brownish discharge due to miscarriage or periods in me?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sex a while back and took a contraceptive pill on the fourth day. I was worried about getting pregnant and expecting my periods today. I do not have any period cramps that usually come by this time, and the main thing is I have this thick bloody discharge. Initially, ...  Read Full »


Dr. Natasha Bansal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your concern in detail and will surely help you out. Can you please tell me if you have taken the urine pregnancy test or not? Thank you.  Read Full »

After a miscarriage, why do I not bleed and only have thick brown discharge during periods?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 37 years old. I had a miscarriage and abortion a year back. After that, I started to have periods regularly every 26 days. But I do not have bleeding. I have only thick brown discharge two drops in a day and it lasts for two days. Usually, I use to have heavy periods for five to six d...  Read Full »


Dr. Lorena Zijaj

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. After D&C (dilation and curettage) abortion, scar tissues or adhesions are formed inside the uterus. It is referred to as Asherman syndrome. The majority of women have this syndrome with few periods or absence of periods. Sometimes, in men...  Read Full »

Does a 'faint pink line' on urine test indicate pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22 years old woman. My period got delayed by 20 days. I had intercourse with my partner. I have mild pain in my abdomen, and there is brownish vaginal discharge. I took a urine test, and a faint pink line and a strong pink line appeared. Am I pregnant? If so, what medication sh...  Read Full »


Dr. Purushottam Sah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. A faint pink line does not confirm pregnancy. The dark line is for control. As your period is late by 20 days, both lines should be dark, you can repeat the test after five days, but if you have too much pain, you will need to do an ultrasound test of the pelvis ...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have lighter periods after stopping the pill?

Query: Hello doctor, Before every period, I get a light brown discharge with brown cervical mucus for three to four days. After that, the bleeding starts, and then again, there is a brown discharge for two days. When bleeding starts, I use only one pad a day and, even that does not get full. I was on pill...  Read Full »


Dr. Sujata Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have to understand that these are hormonal medicines meant for contraception with many side effects.They disturb the hypothalamus, pituitary, and ovarian axis and suppress your periods totally by reducing the endometrial thickness. Now, your cycles are trying...  Read Full »

Why do I have brown discharge and fatigue after Ortho-Cyclen pills?

Query: Dear doctor, I am on Ortho-Cyclen pills for five months. I skipped my placebo pills and went on to the next pack. Now, I am having stomach cramps after eating, brown discharge, cloudy urine, and fatigue. Kindly advise me.  Read Full »


Dr. Sini. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Placebo pills are just vitamin tablets. So, skipping those pills will not cause any problem. Stomach cramps might be due to gastritis. For this, you can take some antacid. For "brownish discharge, cloudy urine and fatigue" please take urine pregnancy test. If it is ne...  Read Full »

Am I not able to conceive because of the brown discharge before my periods?

Query: Hello doctor, A year before, I was getting regular periods. One day before period, I used to get spotting then bleeding for five days. I was on birth control pills. A year ago, I stopped the pills. So from nine months, I am having brown discharge with mucus before four days of periods, then bleedin...  Read Full »


Dr. Sujata Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have not mentioned for how long you took the birth control pills. There are many adverse effects of the pills, which women are not aware of and the doctors are also not telling. This is a side effect of the pills, as pills stop ovulation totally. If one tries t...  Read Full »

Why did my fetus stop growing at seven weeks of pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, When I was 7 weeks pregnant, I visited my gynecologist, and my next appointment was fixed four weeks after that visit. But, two weeks later, I noticed a brown discharge and consulted my doctor to check my baby's heartbeat, and the doctor said there was no heartbeat. And upon further...  Read Full »


Dr. Maneesha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern, and I am sorry for the miscarriage that happened. You had an abortion which was diagnosed by the absence of fetal heartbeat. A missed abortion is caused by chromosomal anomalies, uterine anomalies, and undiagnosed maternal illness. The ...  Read Full »

What are the causes of cramps on the sides of pelvis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having cramps. Neither am I close to my periods nor am I ovulating. Yesterday I noticed some reddish-brown discharge and had been experiencing cramps, especially on the sides of the pelvic region. What could be the problem? Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Sosela Rrusho

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern about the cramps. 1. First, we need to rule out any possible pregnancy, so if you have been sexually active, unprotected, and if your periods will not come on time, do a pregnancy test. 2. This pain, together with brownish discharge, can be o...  Read Full »

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