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What does brownish discharge mean?

By Anonymous October 27, 2011 - 3:38am
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Hello, I started to notice a discoloring in my vaginal discharge a while ago. I didn't really think much about it until I noticed it more and more. It is an odd brownish color and it is a little thicker than I am used to. It doesn't smell, and I haven't had any itching or burning that could be another symptom for an infection. I began to get really worried and curious about what that could mean, especially after I checked how long it has been since my last period. It was 39 days ago. I just started some bleeding today, but it is really more just spotting. I looked around to see if there was any information on the internet with these symptoms. I don't have insurance or a lot of money to see a doctor. Does anyone have some advice for me as to what it could be before I decide to go in?

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Hi Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thanks for your question. Most of the time, Brown vaginal discharge is often associated with old endometrial tissues. If your period is late you might get a brown, rather than red, discharge. Which in your case this could be what's happening. You mentioned having your period 39 days ago. It could also mean during your last menses the entire uterine lining failed to exit your body completely. Some other causes of Brown vaginal discharge can also be, cervical cancer, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), perimenopause, menopause, or sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea, Chlamydia or vaginal warts. If the cause of the brown vaginal discharge is simply old uterine cells, then the treatment may be better nutrition, regular exercise and drinking more water. If, the discharge is a result of another condition treatments or medications might be needed. Not having insurance makes it more difficult. But a physician will be the only one to determine the cause through medical testing.

Best of luck,

October 27, 2011 - 6:51am
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