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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Is it normal to bleed after the morning-after-pill?

Query: Hello doctor, I just want to ask regarding a discharge that I had. Recently, I had protected sex almost a week ago. I also took the morning-after-pill right after that as the second precaution step. But this morning, I found dark brownish blood dripped out of my vagina. I want to know what does tha...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I fully understand your concern and will surely help you. I have gone through the details and image (attachment removed to protect the patient's recovery). Let me explain to you that for getting pregnant, the sperms have to be ejaculated inside the vagina of the ...  Read Full »

What can be the causes for the brown discharge and bleeding after sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 19-year-old female, and I just have a question. I have been on three-month birth control for over a year, but a few months before, I noticed some brown discharge before my period was supposed to start. I eventually had my period, and it went away. Last month, I had sex and bled du...  Read Full »

Dr. Raveendran Sr

Sexologist, Diabetologist, Andrologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. It can be due to vaginal infection (bacterial or fungal) or if you had unprotected sex or improperly treated urinary tract infection. It can be due to an ovarian cyst. You need to do an ultrasound pelvis to diagnose. It can be due to ab...  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

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

Why did I have severe pain when I tried to have sex after a gap of six months?

Query: Hi doctor, Myself and my husband did not have sex for more than six months. Before few days, we tried to have sex. My vagina got hurt. He did not ejaculate inside. On the next day, I started to have a brown discharge and small tiny blood clots ranging from red to brown came out from my vagina with ...  Read Full »

Dr. Keeranmayee Mishra

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are suffering from a dry vagina. It occurs due to some reasons. Please mention whether you had pain in your vagina in your previous cycles. Please mention in detail about your periods. Please mention the amount of bleeding present in your periods. Please mention whe...  Read Full »

Is prolonged brown vaginal discharge after taking emergency contraceptive normal?

Query: Hi doctor, I took choice 1500 last month on the day of intercourse. After ten days, I started to have a brown vaginal discharge with cramps. The discharge was not excessive but I have it for ten days. Still, I have discharge. I got my last period before a week of having sex. What to do?   Read Full »

Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Usually, ovulation occurs on the 12th to 16th day of periods and fertile window is the period where the egg is released from the ovary. As you have taken an emergency contraceptive pill on the day of intercourse, then the chances of getting pregnant are remote. You have...  Read Full »

Is it safe to have sex the next day after the period ended?

Query: Hi doctor, I had sex the next day after my period ended. Precum did touch my vagina. My periods started on the ninth of last month, and it ended on the fourteenth. I had sex on the fifteenth and took Unwanted 72 (contraceptive) on the seventeenth. After eight days, I experienced deep brown blood wi...  Read Full »

Dr. Manisha Auradkar Raghunath Auradkar

General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. The day you have mentioned having intercourse is among the least fertile days of your menstrual cycle. However, I recommend using protection to avoid unnecessary outcomes. The bleeding you mentioned might or might not be associated wit...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have brownish discharge in an 11-year-old girl before puberty?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 11 years old, and she has brown discharge for three days. Today is the fourth day. Please advise if this is a period or a sign of a period. Should I consider this as a period and start the counting cycle? If this is not a period, then when can we expect the actual peri...  Read Full »

Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to First of all, I would like to advise you to calm down and relax a bit. I know it concerns you and also distressing for her. I will try my best to clear your doubts. If she has not started her menses yet, most likely, she is going to start her periods soon. Labeling ...  Read Full »

Can urine test detect pregnancy?

Query: I had unprotected sex on 3rd of this month, but my partner said he has not ejaculated inside me. I took ipill on 5th of this month and had brown discharge on 9th of the same month. I had my 2nd last period on 12th of last month and last period was on 12th of this month. Should I have my pregnancy te...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: hi dear good morning I fully understand your concern and will surely help you see although your partner claimed that he did not ejaculate inside you but there has been cases in which precum has also lead to pregnancy. good that you took emergency contraceptive pill . it has reduced your chances ...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for bleeding with dark brown mucus after intercourse?

Query: Hi doctor, I had my periods 16 days ago. As soon I completed my menus ten days back, I had intercourse with my partner. Yesterday the bleeding was dark brown with mucus, and today I have been experiencing a heavy red mucus flow. Is this normal bleeding caused due to infection? Or hormonal imbalance...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome back to Thanks for reaching out. Based on the history and symptoms you have provided, you are having midcycle spotting. It is a kind of light vaginal bleeding that happens in women who have ovulatory cycles. It usually lasts for 3 to 4 days and stops on its own. You do no...  Read Full »

Can I get pregnant even after taking an I-pill within one hour after intercourse?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex ten days back, and I took I-pill within one hour after intercourse to avoid pregnancy. My last period was 15 days before the intercourse. Six days after the intercourse, I got light bleeding, which is dark brownish, but today it has slightly increased with red blood...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Emergency contraceptive pills are hormonal contraceptive pills that interfere with regular periods by inhibiting ovulation and can irregulate periods or can give withdrawal bleed within two weeks of the period. This bleeding is in response to I-pill (Levonorgestrel) that ...  Read Full »

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