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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I missed my period and my urine pregnancy and HCG tests are negative. Am I pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sex on 1st of last month and missed my period on 20th. I did a urine pregnancy test on 3rd of this month, it came negative and then I took Regestrone 10 mg for five days one tablet each day from 3rd to 7th. Then on 8th, I did a bhCG which came negative and today I go...  Read Full »


Dr. Jimesh H Mavani

General Practitioner, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. No, you are not pregnant as urine pregnancy test and HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) test are negative. You have taken Regesterone so your period is delayed more. Your period should start now. It normally takes two to seven days after the last Regesterone tablet....  Read Full »

Why am I having brown discharge after stopping pills for PCOS?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 25 years old. I have been diagnosed with PCOS 3 years ago. I was on the pill till around this year however due to a few issues and after removing my gall bladder due to gall stones my GP advised I stop my pill. My periods have been on and off however I have not actually bled as such...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you have been on pills for PCOD for more than 3 years now and yet your hormones remain uncontrolled and menses have not been regularized, then there is definitely something wrong in the treatment protocol or you may not be following the lifestyle changes which you...  Read Full »

I am having brown discharge after taking I pill. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I took i-pill after 40 hours of intercourse due to the suspected entry of precum. Now I am experiencing mild brown discharge. What does it signify? Moreover, I am on my homeopathic medication for irregular periods which I resumed this month on 9th. Last month I had my periods on 10 and ...  Read Full »


Dr. Prabha Ranjan

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.This discharge is mostly a side effect of i-pill. So, please relax and wait for your period. The chance of pregnancy is very less. Still, if you miss the period, then check for pregnancy.  Read Full »

Is bleeding a side effect of I-pill?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sex with my husband 17 days back. I took I-pill within three to four hours. Two days later I again took I-pill. My last period was 23 days ago. Now, since two days I am having slight bleeding of brownish red color and cramps too. I usually have cramps during my per...  Read Full »


Dr. Radhakrishnan Nair B

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Sexologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since your last period was 23 days back, no need to take I-pill at all, as you were on safe zone if your periods are regular. You took unnecessarily one more I-pill again. Please try to understand that I-pill is an emergency contraceptive pill and not a routine pill...  Read Full »

What does an abnormal pap test with brown mucus discharge imply?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had abnormal pap tests for the past four years. Now I am having really thick light brown mucus discharge almost daily. The last one this morning was bigger than a quarter. What could this be?  Read Full »


Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. At the age of 29 years, I would want to know what the abnormality in PAP smear was? I hope it is LSIL (low-grade squamous intra epithelial lesion) or ASCUS (atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance) or only mild dysplasia. Any of t...  Read Full »

Can brownish discharge after protected sex be implantation bleeding?

Query: Hi doctor, I had protected sex. Two weeks later, I had light brownish to light red color discharge that lasted for a day and the next day there was light brownish discharge. Is this implantation bleeding? I am worried. If so, after how days of implantation bleeding can I do blood test or hCG to dete...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you had protected sex and that too 15 days back, this brownish discharge could be due to irregular shedding possibly due to progesterone hormonal imbalance during the cycle. If it is implantation bleeding then it would have occurred in the next seven days. ...  Read Full »

Why is my menstrual bleeding dark brown after using Plan B pills for two weeks?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a question about my menstrural cycle. Two to three weeks ago I took a few Plan B pills throughout two weeks. I was supposed to get my period around 15th and it came only two days ago, but it is a dark brown discharge. I took several home tests and they are all negative. I was w...  Read Full »


Dr. Kamalpreet Kaur Nagpal

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Plan B Pills are to be taken only once after unprotected intercourse and not continuously for two weeks. There are different drugs that can be taken for this long, and they do not protect you like this. The brown discharge which you are getting now is probably the w...  Read Full »

I am having reddish brown discharge with irregular periods. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am concerned about my health, I have not had a regular period in almost three months. I have been having brown, reddish discharge but I am most certain that I am not pregnant because I have not had intercourse since two years ago, my stomach has been hurting and I have gained weight...  Read Full »


Dr. Gothyang Makuya

General Practitioner, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Most of the time, irregular periods are part of the normal changes that can happen when you are a teen. Sometimes, irregular periods can be caused by some medicines, exercising too much, having a very low or high body weight, or not eating enough calories. Hormone imbal...  Read Full »

Why do I have brown discharge after sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I recently had unprotected sex with a guy twice in an interval of three days. After the first time, there was a lot of pain, but had a regular whitish discharge. Second time, I started having this brownish or yellowish discharge and I have taken the photo of the discharge. I am not sure w...  Read Full »


Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The brownish discharge seems to be due to rupture of your hymen. Generally, if you have sex for the first time in case of a virgin, then the hymen gets partly withered or at times does not. However, during repeated acts of intercourse, there are fair enough chances that...  Read Full »

I am getting a brown discharge after urination but there is no period. Is this hormonal imbalance or ovarian cysts?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 34-year-old female. 5'4" 130 lbs. I discontinued my Depo-Provera when my shot was before seven months. Before three months, I had a lot of discomforts and went to urgent care with suspected UTI. UTI came back negative, after the ultrasound, doctors confirmed I was likely close ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you have been on progesterones in the form of depot Provera for years and have discontinued for four months and had little withdrawal bleed before two months, and possibly ovulation may have occurred as well. But this scenario of menses being delayed and often tak...  Read Full »

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