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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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 »

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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

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 »

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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

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

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

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 »

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

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

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

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 »

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