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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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 icliniq.com. 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 icliniq.com. 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 »

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

Query: I have been having cramps though I'm not close to having my periods neither I'm i ovulating.Yesterday i noticed some redish brownish discharge and have been experiencing cramps especially on the sides of the pelvic. What could be the problem? Please help  Read Full »


Dr. Sosela Rrusho

Family Physician, General Practitioner

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

Why do I have brownish discharge after my periods?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 19-year-old female, who is sexually active with a male, but it has been a month and some weeks since we last did anything. Usually, after my period, I have brown discharges. I have had it, but yesterday I felt up inside my vagina and felt a big chunk of something. I pulled it out,...  Read Full »


Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity) you have posted. I want to assure you that you are fine, but a few things need to be evaluated. As your gynecologist has already felt and examined you, there is nothing much to worry about. What y...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have dark brown discharge after a period?

Query: Hi doctor,I got off my period two days back, but I have been spotting since yesterday. It is dark brown and sometimes pinkish. What does this mean?  Read Full »


Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Some spotting (dark brown or pinkish discharge that you have been noticing) at the end of periods is natural as your blood discharge decreases significantly. So there is absolutely nothing to worry about if it does not extend beyond the sixth or seventh day of your m...  Read Full »

Is it normal to get dark brown discharge after i-pill intake?

Query: Hello doctor, My partner and I had a physical relation a few days ago. She is a virgin, so it difficult when I tried inserting. I can insert only a little, and I did not eject inside her. She took i-pill the next day. Her periods were supposed to start on the 2nd or 3rd of this month, but 4th or 5t...  Read Full »


Dr. Reetika Joshi

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome o icliniq.com. I-pill and other emergency contraceptive pills are hormone-based, and they have this known side effect of spotting or light period in certain females. They also lead to delay in periods of certain females, so do not worry. The delay can be up to 10 days. So do not wor...  Read Full »

There is brown spotting a week before periods. Is it a sign of pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I took an I-pill after 48 hours of intercourse. Now I am experiencing brown spotting a week before my periods. Is it a sign of pregnancy?  Read Full »


Dr. Sree Gouri Sr

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you took an emergency contraceptive pill within 48 hours of intercourse, you can expect around 75 % protection towards pregnancy. The protection rate decreases with a delay in the intake of pill from intercourse. The spotting you had could be due to withdrawal effec...  Read Full »

I have brown spotting after taking I-pill. Is it my period?

Query: Hello doctor, I took an I-pill at 12 hours post intercourse 10 days ago. Now, I just see a minor brown spotting. My period is due. I am unsure if the brown spotting is my period. Or am I pregnant?  Read Full »


Dr. Sujata Mittal

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com You have missed mentioning the date of your last periods. Nevertheless, there are fewer chances that you will get pregnant. If your periods are delayed by two to three days, please get beta hCG (beta-human chorionic gonadotropin) to rule out pregnancy. Please try to us...  Read Full »

Is prolonged brown vaginal discharge after taking emergency contraceptive normal?

Query: I took choice 1500 on the 19th of last month, just on the day of intercourse...and after about 9/10 days i started getting brown vaginal discharge and cramps, and discharge is not that excessive though, but it's been 9/10 days..i am still discharging and...my last period date was 13th of last month....  Read Full »


Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello. Thanks for reaching out. I am happy to help you! Let me start by giving a few basic facts about the period. Usually, ovulation occurs on the 12th to the 16th day of periods, and the ‘fertile window’ is the day an egg is released from the ovary (ovulation) and the five days befo...  Read Full »

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