Brown Vaginal Bleeding

The color of vaginal blood is usually expected to be a bright to dark red  and a brown vaginal bleed may be concerning since it is not the norm. Brown vaginal blood, either light or dark in color, usually indicates that the blood is not fresh and has been contained in the vagina or uterus for a period of time before being expelled. It is important to identify any vaginal secretion because brown vaginal discharge is often mistaken for brown vaginal bleeding.

Causes of Brown Vaginal Blood

Brown vaginal secretions may at times be a vaginal discharge streaked with ‘old blood’ – blood that is breaking down and has taken a period of time before it exits through the vagina. At other times, a brown vaginal discharge may occur on its own with no signs of bleeding and this may seen in vaginal infections or pelvic inflammatory disease. Any of the causes of abnormal vaginal bleeding may appear as brown vaginal blood if the bleeding occurs slowly thereby allowing the blood to degrade over time. Some of the causes of brown vaginal bleeding include :

  • Retained menses. The sloughing of the inner wall of the uterus (endometrium) is usually expelled during menstruation  but at times a small portion of the uterine contents may be retained. If expelled after a couple of days or more, it may appear as brown vaginal bleeding. In the case of retained menses, this is usually a small amount that may occur a few days after you finish your period.
  • Induced abortion. Using the abortion pill or having an illegal abortion may result in some of the uterine contents being expelled for days and weeks after the abortion. This may appear as brown vaginal bleeding with clots that are dark brown to black in color. In legal abortions, a D&C (dilation and curettage) is conducted and due to manual aspiration, most, if not all of the uterine contents are removed at the time of the abortion. This makes any late brown vaginal bleeding less likely.
  • Miscarriage. Depending on the stage of your pregnancy when you miscarried, remnants of the fetus, placenta or parts of the inner lining of the uterus (endometrium) may be expelled over days or even weeks after the incident. It is important for women who have miscarried to consult with their doctor and verify if a D&C (dilation and curettage) is necessary.
  • Infections of the vagina, uterus or fallopian tubes may cause slight bleeding that degrades before it exits the vagina. If it is a slight bleed and the infection is limited, a brown vaginal bleed may be noticed for a short period of time. Other symptoms like pain and a fever may also be present. Sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) may also be responsible for brown vaginal bleeding with/without a discharge and this may occur over a long period of time.
  • Cancer, especially in cases of cervical cancer where there is slight bleeding and ulceration of the cervix, a brown vaginal bleed may be noticed occasionally. In this case, the abnormal vaginal bleeding may occur over a duration of time and increase in severity at the malignancy progresses.

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  • tfwhite89

    Last month, I did not have a normal menstral cycle. I spotted only twice on different days and my blood spotted brown. I had a little cramping, but it was nothing. I took a home test and blood test done for pregnancy; both were negative. This month is the same thing, only my discharge is a little heavier. It stops, and the next day starts again, but very very lightly. I also have been having occasional abdominal pains. I also started taking medicine for an underactive thyroid, I have panic attacks, I had my gall bladder taken out last November, and also have a history of yeast infections, but have not had one since I was 12 years old; I am now 20. I had a PAP smear in January so I know I do not have any STDs or cervical cancer.

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Tfwhite

      For a young woman, there is a lot going on with your body and you need to ensure that you are under specialist medical care. The brown vaginal bleed could be indicative of an infection (maybe bacterial) so you should see a gynecologist. Hypothyroidism can also affect your menstrual cycle and contribute to other gynecological problems. It would be worth seeing a gynecologist and having a complete examination. The changes in your menses may be the sign of a gynecological disorder is present and developing.

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  • noor

    I started bleeding brownish blood yesterday. The flow is very little, its not like blood when one has their period. I am 18 years old and do not have a steady menstrual cycle.

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Noor

      This could just be delayed contents where the blood has broken down further than normal. However, if you notice an offensive or fishy odor, there is pain or it persists for more than a day or two, then you should see your doctor immediately. Speak to your gynecologist about your irregular periods. It is better to address the problem now while you are young.

  • lina

    i used to have whiteish or yellowish vaginal secretions, no itching or burning i dont think, and no odor also, but this has been going on for like 2 or 3 months. and now, after my last period im think i have like brown jelly serections. im just 18, i have had sexual relations, i think i might have an infection, im really scared.

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Lina

      Vaginal secretions are normal, especially around the time of ovulation. It can vary from a clear to whitish discharge. Yellow to brown is a cause for concern, especially brown. It could be an infection and therefore needs to be investigated. It may also be a sign of blood flow being hampered or delayed possibly due to cervical inflammation and so on. Now that you are sexually active, your doctor will also need to consider a pap smear, etc.

  • mommyprincess

    My last period started on Sept 5th. It lasted my normal length of 7 days. This Tuesday, Sept 21, I noticed a brown discharge. It is not much but enough to have to wear a panty liner. It has not gone away yet. There is no smell, that I am aware of. I have no pain. Could this be a symptom of PCOS? I am going in on Monday for an ultrasound to check for PCOS, this was scheduled about a month ago.

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Mommyprincess

      It could be PCOS but there are other causes that need to be excluded depending on your age and past medical history. A second bleed within the month that is lasting for so long needs to be attended. It is difficult to say whether this is definitely PCOS and your doctor will be able to advise you accordingly after doing the ultrasound and possibly any blood tests that may be required.

  • Rubi

    i have occasional dark brown vaginal discharge, a doctor told me that it was old blood. My concern is that lately i have been getting this a couple of weeks after my period, and its a lot, enough to soak a pantiliner, its currently my fourth day experiencing this. I also have tingling in my legs often times, when i am sitting down. The center of my right foot twitches a lot too. I havent had any sexual relations, and i am 18.

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Rubi

      Yes, this is often old blood that may follow a few days after your period. However for it to occur weeks after your period can be related to other conditions like an infection and certain gynecological disorders. You should see a gynecologist at this point. The leg numbness may be related to a separate condition. However conditions like numbness and twitching may also be a sign of anemia which could be related to heavy blood loss. You should see a doctor.

  • Jina


    I’m a 24 years old girl. I’m not married and never had a sexual relationship with anyone.

    I was normally a chubby kid since I was little an had my 1st menstruation when I was 11 years old.But I could only have a normal cycle about up to 1-1 1/2 years from then on. During that time I was perfectly in shape.

    Since I was about 13-14 years old I never had a regular menstrual cycle and gotten fat again. Sometimes the cycle delays up to about 6-8 months and my stomach gets very big.
    But when the cycle starts I bleed for about 7 days in big amounts and enlargen stomach gets smaller again.

    I went to few specialists when was around 18. They did tests and said there’s nothing wrong with my womb or any other reproductive organs.And said that it’ll be alright when I grow up.

    Then I was about 20 years old my parents took me to a Ayurvedic doctor, she gave me medicine to make the cycle regular. The cycle got regular, I started having menstruation within 28-30 days and up to 3-5 days and got perfectly in shaped again.I took medication for about 1 year and then she said let’s stop because my cycle has gotten normal. So I stopped and when I was about 22 years old cycle got irregular again and I started to get chubby again with a severe acne breakout.
    Even during my teenage years I didn’t get acne. Only mild pimples could see on my face once in a while. This breakout was almost unstoppable and I even got acne on my upper chest. It lasted for about 8 months and went away on its own.

    About that time I started bleeding only minor amount of brown from my vagina for about 7-8 days monthly.
    ( Usually few days before and after this happens I get vaginal discharge which slightly looks yellowish and outside area of my vagina gets very itchy.)

    Then it delayed and happened about once only a 3-4 months. And then stopped.

    It didn’t happened about in 6-7 months.
    But about 3-4 weeks ago I started getting minor amount of brownish blood clots (only clots) from my vagina.This was not even sufficient enough to touch my panties. It stopped after about 1 week.
    And today I start getting blood clots from my vagina again. But they are red.
    (And I have gotten even more fat during past month.)

    I don’t know what to do. Can you please help me?

    Thank you very much.

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Jina

      It sounds like you have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). This will need to be confirmed by a gynecologist. I would advise that you find a gynecologist with whom you are comfortable and attend regular appointments. The cyst or cysts may have grown significantly in size and needs to be attended to immediately if it is PCOS. Your gynecologist will advise your further. If you don’t get this attended to, it can very likely affect your fertility so don’t delay. See a reputable gynecologist in your area.

  • Kansas

    I’m just 16 and I have never seen a doctor for my period, but I have had sexual relations in the past. I have been checked and do not have any STDs. My period always starts with dark brown blood… then lightens up to red and the whole time it is a pretty heavy flow. I just began taking birth control a month ago, but this brown blood has been occurring for a while. Is this serious?

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Kansas

      It is difficulty to say if this is serious. If it has always been a part of your menstrual cycle and your periods are regular then it is unlikely to be serious. But you should see a gynecologist if you have not already done so. Remember that some STD’s are not always as easily detectable and may go through remission-like phases where all seems well. See a gynecologist.

  • Nikki65043

    Okay 2 months ago I got my period and it only lasted 2 days the norm is 5 then this month I had it for 2 days agin but it was only brown. I dont smell or have pain. I have been under alot of stress ( My aunt was killed) I have a flybroid tumor and dont know if that could cause this? I just want to know what is wronge.

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Nikki65043

      Stress could definitely upset your menstrual cycle but may not entirely explain the change in bleed to this brown blood. A fibroid tumor could cause it. What has to be ascertained is whether there is any cervical obstruction. You should see a gynecologist immediately. Even though there is no smell or pain, you may be missing something serious by not seeking medical attention.

  • Nikki65043

    Also I am 24 and married with 2 kids one 10 and one 3 if that helps

  • nygirl

    I am 18 years old & I have had an irregular period since I was 13 years old. I have 1 cyst on my right ovary which my gynecologist has said is the cause of my irregular period & pain during them. Since it isn’t large enough to remove she just wants to monitor it yearly but is not treating it. I have never been sexually active & I usually get 4 periods a year so I had not been surprised when I had not gotten my period for the past 3 (almost 4) months. But yesterday I started to have pain & vomiting .. which usually means I am getting my period & I woke up to dark brown blood, usually I have a heavy first day but it hasn’t been too heavy but the color has me worried. Is this something I need to be worried about?

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi NYGirl

      If you have not seen your gynecologist recently, then yes, it it MAY be something to worry about. Your condition may be progressing and there may be other considerations like endometriosis which has not been detected as yet. Given your history, it would be advisable to see your gynecologist immediately and report these symptoms.

  • opalinemoon

    I have been on Depo Provera since July and I have been constantly worried that I am pregnant on it. I have lower back pain, bloating,… and other symptoms of pregnancy.
    I know that it is nearly impossible for me to be pregnant while on depo, but the anxiety is killing me.
    Yesterday, I started bleeding, at first red, and now brown clots. Not much, but enough to be a concern.
    Could I have been pregnant and had a miscarraige?
    If not, what could be the cause of this?

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Opalinemoon

      You first need to rule out pregnancy. This means doing a pregnancy test or going to your doctor and having a blood test and ultrasound done. It is also possible that you were pregnant and miscarried. There is no way of knowing for sure unless you do the necessary test. A hormonal fluctuation for whatever reason may have initiated the bleeding, especially if you used any medication (apart from the contraceptive injection) that could have altered your hormone levels. It is advisable that you speak to your doctor about this.

  • worried girl

    am 24 and married. i have been trying to conceive for some time now. when i have my periods (regular 28 day cycle) i have awful cramps, backpain(before and after) and a lot of blood. i thought i was pregnant this month but on day 27 i started to bleed but very lightly no cramps, no backpain, and the colour brown and dark. this lasted for three days. is this my period or could it be something else.
    thanks in advance

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Worried Girl

      It could be your period but the brown bleeding is a cause for concern. It may be related to a delay in the menstrual blood exiting the uterus. Another concern here is that you may have fallen pregnant but miscarried which will explain much of what you experienced. You should see a doctor as soon as possible.

  • injapanland

    Dear Dr. Chris,

    I have a concern about my menstrual cycle and I was wondering if you could give me some advice?

    First of all, I started when I was 14 (now 20), and, unlike most girls, have been extremely REGULAR. I have never missed a period, and they have always been about the same. My cycle is a longer cycle (Usually 7~8 days),the beginning being pretty heavy and ending with a brownish/black blood.

    My problem is that this month, it has been completely different. It started with brown and has stayed light for four days.

    I’m completely ruling out pregnancy since I haven’t had sexual relations with a man for 7 months.

    I moved to Japan to study three months ago, so it is slightly difficult for me to casually consult a doctor as my Japanese isn’t very good yet.

    However, if you believe that it is a matter in which I should consult a doctor, I will.

    One more piece of information: My family has a history of Hypothyroidism. Both my mother and her mother have been diagnosed. Not sure if that might have something to do with it.

    Thank you for your time, I really appreciate it.


    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Injapanland

      The odd change in your periods is not always a cause for concern unless you experiencing excessive bleeding, severe pain, dizziness, fainting and so on. But if it persists, you need to have it investigated. A number of non-gynecological causes can result in a change in the menstrual cycle for a month or son.

      While hypothyroidism is one of the possible causes of the change in menses as you describe, it cannot be solely diagnosed by this symptom. You will need to have it investigate further with appropriate blood tests and so on.

      Apart from this, you seem to have no other symptoms and it could be due a number of different causes, some of which are covered in this article. Any change in menstruation should be investigated by a doctor even if it seems mild and harmless at this point.

      There are English speaking doctors in Japan so you should start off with one of the local hospitals and get a referral from there.

  • monicaj

    im 24, i’ve had an irregular cycle for years, was on the pill for about 3yrs and last time i used them was march of this yr. i had to take a morning after pill early april, still got my period every month, until august. i skipped 2 months, finally got my period, but i hasnt stopped. i had it normal for about a week, spotted, went away for a day or 2,spotted, then nov. got it regular and since then to now, i bleed or think i bleed but its been pink, dark red, light brown, dark. should i be worried? i got some results back and i have a uti and yeats infection. but could it be something other than that?
    thank you!

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Monicaj

      Yes, it could be more than just a UTI, especially when considering your medical history. You should see a gynecologist because this problem has been ongoing although the presentation has varied over the years. Right now the concern is that the bleeding is continuously present to some extent and this may be linked to a disturbance in your hormone levels. Get it checked up as soon as possible because in the long run it could lead to a host of complications and even affect your fertility.

  • elizabethb

    Ive been having problems with my cycles. My last normal period was in sept. I didnt have a period in october. and in november I had one day of pink light bleeding. then this month (dec) i had one day of brown spotting. both nov. and dec i had no cramps or warning of approaching period. i took a pregnancy test last week which was negative. ive also had headachs, food cravings, bloated, slight swollen breasts, some nausea, and fatigue. I am married and have suffered infertility. ive been told by some drs. i have pcos, other say i do not. up until recently my periods have been regular. im confused and would like to know what this could possibly be. any help would be appreciated. thank you!

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Elizabethb

      PCOS does seem like the most likely diagnosis. It is one of the most common gynecological conditions that cause these symptoms and infertility. However it needs to be diagnosed by a gynecologist and this depends on the findings on conducting blood tests, an ultrasound and evaluation of the clinical features. You can read up more on this article on PCOS Diagnosis.

      If the relevant tests are negative, then your doctor also needs to consider other hormonal disorders like hypothyroidism and so on. You will find more information here on PCOS Symptoms. Don’t get too distracted by the signs and symptoms only, some women have very mild symptoms and therefore the relevant tests need to be done.

      You may also be interested in reading up on PCOS Treatment.

  • nyiko1

    i’m on Depo, had unprotected sex and started bleeding. First normal blood and then dark brown for a week now can i be pregnant?

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Nyiko1

      Only a pregnancy test will be able to tell you if you are pregnant. It is possible that you are or this could be related to an infection. Speak to your doctor.

  • Donz

    I had my “period a week early 7.12.10, red blood lasted 5 days, then on the 20th got really sore boobs , on 24th started bleeding again dark blood very crampy , had ectopic 07 had my rt tube removed ttc since any ideas ? Bit worried thanks

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Donz

      A lot depends on a host of factors, especially recent events, changes in medication and the presence of other signs and symptoms which you have not mentioned. You should see your gynecologist just to be on the safe side. Hopefully you do regularly consult with a gynecologist who will have all your case details on file. Pregnancy, possibly with complications, needs to be excluded as well.

  • amber1

    hi, i had sex about 3 weeks ago and within that three weeks i’ve had back achs, side ach, and spotting for the last two days i had blood spotting and it was the color brown a real dark brown close to black somewhat. i dont know if im pregnant because but i havent came on my period yet. i have felt sick a little bit but never threw up and i have had stomach pains and never had tender breast but i dont know i been tired a little bit but at times i jus cant got to sleep till late like about this time so i think that could be the reason why im soo tired but i jus cant tell if im pregnant or whats wrong with me because i never bleed this color blood.

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Amber1

      You need to have a pregnancy test. Pregnancy always needs to be ruled out in a woman of childbearing age before other gynecological conditions are excluded. So first focus on that. It is not uncommon for some women to not have the typical symptoms of pregnancy in the first few weeks to 2 months. It is best that you speak to your doctor and discuss the options with him. Apart from pregnancy, he/she may also want to do tests for sexually transmitted diseases. There are many STD’s that can causes these symptoms and therefore have to be considered as well.

  • Melanie

    I had a natural miscarriage 6 weeks ago . For the past 2 days I’ve been having brown discharge just enough for one panty liner the hole day. Bad breast pain . I’m scard I’ve had 2 children and a few miscarriages which 2 were ectopic. This last one was a early miscarriage I’m having heartburn menstrual cramp but no period just brown spotting . Can someone givenme advice

  • Kaylee

    I have been having brown/purple bleeding for about a week some days enough for a tampon. I just recently had hip surgery right before the bleeding. Could the bledding be from that or should I call my obgyn?

  • Sarah

    I have an eight month old and since having my baby I have only had my period once, this was 2 months ago. This last week I have had dark brown spotting, the occasional cramping but my period still hasn’t arrived. The dark blood loss is enough to wear a liner but some days only there if I wipe, or sometimes not at all. I have checked numerous times if I’m pregnant and all have been negative. What can this be? Should I be concerned?

    • Hi Sarah. There are several factors that need to be taken into consideration which is why you should see your gynecologist. Brown blood could be suggestive of an infection and even though you do not have any other symptoms, you should get it checked out. Another possibility is a possible miscarriage even though you never realized that you were pregnant. These are just some possibilities. See your OBGYN as soon as you can.

  • aabayooo khan

    i have stopped feeding my son two months back and since than my periods are irregular. i have continuously periods for last two months. recently i have seen brown spots in my likoria. i dont understand what is this all. kindly guide me.

    • Hi Aabayoo. You do not mention as to when you gave birth, which is an important factor to consider. A normal cycle can take a while to restore once your periods commence following childbirth. The brown spots may not entirely be unexpected if you have given birth relatively recently. You should see your gynecologist as soon as possible and hopefully you did consult with him/her at most 1 to 2 months after childbirth. He/she will guide you accordingly.

  • Amberley

    Hi. So usually my periods are really heavy and very red. This time though I’ve had strsnge looking, purplish brown blood. I’ve also had a lot more pain than usual, which is saying a lot considering I have a prescription for menses. I’ve never had sex or anything except masturbation every once in a while to help me fall asleep.. I’m 16. I have a connective tissue disorder and speculated endometriosis.. my bleeding is right now fairly light and not steady at all. It’s like I only have a rush of some strange colored blood every few minutes and a whole lot of pain. Should I see a doctor about this?

    • Hi Amberley. Yes, you should definitely see a doctor about this. It could possibly be an infection but it may be related to your connective tissue disorder. This could be a symptom of your disorder progressing and a doctor will be able to asses the situation and determine if a change in your treatment is necessary. Delaying could cause more problems.

      • Amberley

        Thank you. The color is more normal now, but still has too much brownish in it… should I still make an appointment or just let it go? Thank you for responding so quickly

        • Hi Amberley. It is still advisable to have it checked up even if the color returns to a completely normal hue. The underlying concern is what may be causing this. An earlier diagnosis will have a better outcome.

  • Dawn

    I was on depo for 9 yrs got off it for bout 7 months had aperiod and got back on it 3 months ago and periods stopped just today i went and saw i was bleeding but its like dar brown with red in it not sure what ishould do any answer for me?

    • Hi Dawn. The brown discharge is not unusual with this contraceptive injection. In fact some women experience the discharge while using it. Since you have just stopped it there may be some dark brown discharge mixed with blood which is what you may be experiencing. The blood that you are now seeing is not a period as such but the body’s reaction to stopping the injection. It is always advisable to consult with your doctor about these symptoms, especially if you are experiencing other symptoms like pain.

  • Naomi Langley

    Hi, I am 19 going on 20 in a month and I have been going through some major problems. Since January 2014 I have been experiencing brown fluids pouring out of me. After about a month of that, it clears up but during sex I bleed ounces of blood, and then afterward, the browning starts again. Plus, I’ve been experiencing pain, not as cramps, but pain as if I am being stabbed multiple times into my cervical wall. It has left me paralyzed it hurts that much. Also I should mention I’m on Depo and had never been pregnant. I have been asking for a checkup or pap smear from doctors but they keep telling me that I have to be 21 to get one. Honestly, I don’t think I can wait another year just to see what is wrong with me. Could someone please explain what could possibly be wrong with me? Your help is much appreciated.

    • Hi Naomi. Some women do experience a brown/red discharge while using the contraceptive injection that you mention. It is usually when they first start on it or after stopping it. However, what is more of a concern here is the possibility of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Pain during intercourse, as well as brown discharge are common symptoms. It may be a sexually transmitted infection. There are also other gynecological problems that could account for these symptoms. You should see a gynecologist as soon as possible.

  • Marie

    Hi. Every month when I have my period its really heavy for a couple days then stops. Then a few days later I will all of the sudden start bleeding really dark red to brownish blood. It keeps doing that for about a week. Is this normal or should I be concerned?

    • Hi Marie, It is not normal and needs to be investigated by a gynecologist. It is difficult to say what could be causing this and it is unlikely that the second bleed is a continuation of the period. Instead it may be some of the period blood that is delayed from being evacuated which is why it may have turned dark red/brown by the time it comes out. This is one possibility but your gynecologist will be in a better position to assess your condition further.

  • MarknAmanda Beckholt

    5 years ago I had a nuvosure procedure and my tubes tied. Period stopped, the past year I now have a period but it’s weird, It last 1 to 3 days and I will feel like I have to pee then there is a lot of vaginal fluid clear and always a dark brown blood clot, this will happen about 3 or 4x a day. But I don’t have any other discharge or bleeding unless I have to pee n it’s always the same clear fluid dark brown blood clot. no other bleeding. I do not understand why. I’m 27 and I’ve had 4 children. Is this normal?

  • Melissa Cobb

    Hi, I’ve been bleeding for over a month now…. Off and on kind of… Meaning I’ll bleed for about a week then it stops but comes back exactly 2 days after I stopped bleeding…. I’ve ppassed very large clots… So large that I feel them as there coming out then after that the color changes to a very bright red and it’s almost like it is pouring out only when I’m using the restroom…. Please help give me a little bit of insight on what could be wrong

    • Hi Melissa. There are so many factors that have to be taken into account like your age, previous medical history, medication you may be using or used recently, recent pregnancy, usual menstrual cycle and so on. It is difficult to say with the limited information that you have provided. Nevertheless you should be consulting with a doctor at this point and definitely be seeing a gynecologist ASAP. Some serious conditions can result in prolonged vaginal bleeding and early diagnosis and intervention can greatly improve the outcome.

  • Isabel

    Hi I had sex 3 weeks before getting my “period” well I thought it was because it came on the exact right date but it wasn’t the same it was a dark blood looking type with some blood clots & it’s been 2 weeks now & 2 days & it still won’t stop I’m not sure am I pregnant or can it be something else yes my breast have been a little tender I’ve had cramps & I’ve been very tired 🙁

    • Hi Guest. It could be pregnancy but if so these symptoms are suggestive of a miscarriage. It can account for prolonged brown bleeding with clots. There may be other possibilities but the first thing to exclude is whether you have miscarried. The body may therefore be pushing out the remnants of the embryo. You should see your doctor or a gynecologist for a scan.

  • naieka

    Hi there
    I was on the contraceptive injection but came of it a 2 months ago I have not yet had a period but me and my partner had unprotected sex 10 days ago and I have really sore breasts I have had nausea and feel sick all the time also I have had a spotting but it’s light brown I also have had stomach cramps could I be pregnant

    • Hi Naieka. Yes you could be pregnant. Your periods may take 2 to 3 months to start up. But it is important to remember that you will ovulate before your period starts. So if you did ovulate and had intercourse at this time then you could have fallen pregnant. It is advisable to do a pregnancy test and see a doctor before you consider other possibilities for this breast tenderness, nausea and spotting.

  • njmama

    Hi, I have missed my monthly cycle a few months before, now I have dark red vaginal bleeding for 3 weeks now along with back pain, bloating and tingles in my feet

  • njmama

    Hi, I have missed my monthly cycle a few months before, now I have dark red vaginal bleeding for 3 weeks now along with back pain, bloating and tingles in my feet

    • Hi NJMama. I’m assuming that you missed a period a few months back but your periods then returned for the past few months, or has it stopped altogether for the past few months? It is unclear whether all of these symptoms are related. You back pain and tingling in the feet could be a pinched nerve, while the bloating and change in vaginal bleeding could be a hormonal problem that is affecting your menstruation. Only a doctor wll be able to advise you at this point. Pregnancy is a possibility as well.

  • garcia25barbi

    hi, I am 28 years old and have had 4 live births, I had 7 babies that didn’t make it and 3 sets of twins. After my last birth I had to tie my tubes. Ever since then I have had the hardest periods ever. I never had pains with periods till I tied my tubes. I also have a brown smelly discharge after my periods that lasts almost until my next period. I am married and have had the same partner for 13 years. I never had an abortion but have had 3 DNC’s due the loss of the babies. Can you help me determine what this is and if I should go to a doctor?

    • Hi Garcia25. Yes, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. While there are some women who experience symptoms after a tubal ligation (known as post-tubal ligation syndrome), your symptoms do not correlate with what many of these women report. There are a host of possibilities for the pain and discharge, including PID, bacterial vaginosis, endometriosis, uterine fibroids and so on. Not all of these conditions will present with both symptoms. There is no way of saying for sure until your doctor assesses you, conducts further investigations and reaches a diagnosis. Preferably see a gynecologist.

  • Kayleigh Fogg

    Hey, ive had an unusual bleeding. Im on the pill and not long just had my period and twice since ive had abnormal bleeding both times started as really pale red then went brown yhe first yime lasted less than a day and right now im still experiencing my 2nd strange bleeding its not a lot just a little. Im not worried its am std as ivr been with the same person for nearly 2 years and is the only person ive been with ever and this is the first its ever happened I just don’t know what is wrong and itd bad enough I have to see a surgeon about a lump on my side soon and even the docs dont know what it is :/

    • Hi Kayleigh. The period you experience with the pill occurs when you take the placebo tablets which allow the hormone levels in the body to drop. Therefore the bleeding should be on time and not subject to fluctuations like it could happen with women who are not taking the pill. Any bleeding in between is therefore abnormal and may not be related to your menstrual cycle. Brown blood on its own may not always be a cause for concern if it just a slight change from the regular color. The blood may have degraded and turned brown to black. However, if there are other symptoms then this may be a problem. Pelvic inflammatory disease, a miscarriage, STDs and a number of other conditions could cause this. You should see a gynecologist who can run further tests and determine the cause.

  • adile

    Ive been having a day and a half a discharge of a kind of pasty tint of pinkish and then the pasty went away and turned brownish now like a dark red, I’m sixteen, and a few days ago my boyfriend and i had unprotected sex. though he did pull out out and i had clean out my area from sperm.Is it possible I’m pregnant or is it an infection? i have been doing research about it and it can be a side affect from the plan b pill and i have taken one before, or is it that?

    • Hi Adile. Yes, all three possibilities need to be considered here. This could be due to the emergency contraceptive pill that you used. There is no way of saying for sure without further investigation. A sexually transmitted disease is also a possibility. Early diagnosis and treatment could drastically improve the outcome. Pregnancy is also likely so you should consider doing a home pregnancy test as well. You should see your doctor as soon as possible, even if the symptoms appear to be resolving.

  • Leia Pinson

    Hi, I’m a little concerned about my period this month.I’m 28 and I have PCOS and before I lost weight I would on have a period ones a year, now that I’m smaller now i usually have a period every 28 days and it usually lasted 5 days with a heavy flow. I skipped 2 months and then I had one last month and it was normal but a little heavier. This month I started spotting brownish red blood for the frist 2 and a half days and then it got a little heavier with a little more red to it. I have never had this happen and not sure what to think of it. I dont have children. My husband and I have been together 10 years and no luck so any thoughts?

    • Hi Lela. One of the very effective methods of managing PCOS conservatively is to lose weight. So well done on achieving this. The fact that your menstrual cycle has stabilised is a positive sign. However, you would still need to establish whether you are ovulating as many women with PCOS have anovulatory cycles. This means that even when the periods are regular, ovulation does not occur and therefore pregnancy is not possible. Fortunately ovulation can be stimulated medically but your gynecoologist will discuss this with you. Even though your menstrual cycle has stablised this is not to say that your PCOS is “cured” and irregularities may not occur. Also remember that even women who do not have PCOS may experience the odd irregularity in their cycle without it being a problem. Any change in your cycle or alteration in the nature of the bleed should be checked. It could be pregnancy, it could be a sign of changes associated with your PCOS or it could be some other gynecological condition that you are not aware of. It’s difficult to say through an online platform. Speak to your gynecologist.

      • Leia Pinson

        Thanks for the advice. My cousin and I were talking yesterday and she has PCOS as well. In fact most of the women in my family have it. All have had children. So that gives me a little hope. I will The spotting lasted 4 days and never got heavy. I’ll also take a pregnancy test in a few weeks and will go from there. Keep fingers crossed that I am is all I can do for now 😀

        • Hi Leia. PCOS often tends to occur in families although the exact genetic link has not bee identified. It does not mean that you will never fall pregnant but there may be difficulty in doing so. Do not delay on the pregnancy test even if you do not have typical pregnancy symptoms. While this bleed seems like its more than just an implantation bleed, sometimes vaginal bleeding does occur in the first trimester and can signal a threatened abortion. Fortunately the proper medical treatment can assist. So rather confirm now whether you are pregnant or not.

  • lui

    Hii am at the ending of my period, the last day to be exact, I woke up with this Smelly Dark red/Brown discharge of blood is that normal? Also I’ve notice lately that days after my period that there’s this smell Can that be a form of yeast infection?!

    • Hi Lui. It may be a yeast infection but the concern here is that it could be a more serious infection. Pelvic inflammatory disease, sexually transmitted infections and so on may appear with similar symptoms. However, it is also possible that this is not an infection at all but could be linked to conditions like uterine fibroids. You should see a gynecologist who will conduct further investigations before reaching a diagnosis and prescribing the appropriate treatment.

  • Zuly

    Hi so I have a problem with my menstrual cycle and I wanna see if you could help me. My last period was on August 4-10 and in Sep Oct Nov no period till 23,24,25 I had some light bleeding but it was dark brown but I was not bleeding a lot just when I would clean I could see it n then it would stop till the next day and then it went away but it was not like If I’m in my period, and just right now I’m bleeding light pink. I’m confused I don’t know if I might be pregnant since my husband and I dont use protection if you could help me please.

    • Hi Zuly. Pregnancy is possible and it is the first thing you need to confirm/exclude. Remember that you can have vaginal bleeding in your first trimester of pregnancy (it’s not a period in this case) and the bleeding while pregnant may be a sign of a threatened abortion. You need to do a pregnancy test immediately and then see your gynecologist. If you are pregnant then there are steps to save this pregnancy if it is a threatened abortion but you have to act fast at this point. Only once pregnancy is excluded should other causes be considered.

  • Ruihong Jiang

    Hi, i have been having a diet for about 3 months, i am now 42.5 kilograms, 160cm and i am 15. How ever, since september, my period cycle shortened to 20days, and the blood had a brown colour, and i only bleed a tiny little amount. What should i do? I dont want to gain weight, but i want to keep my period normal.

    • Hi Ruihong. It is possible that your very low body weight could be the cause of this menstrual irregularity. Your BMI is low and while you may wish to avoid any further weight gain it is also important to remember that a very low body weight can have negative effects on your health. There could also be other causes of this menstrual irregularity. Do not leave it unattended. Speak to your parents or school nurse and see a doctor when you can.

  • Sarah

    Hi,im 17 years old and ive experienced dark brown discharge before my period and now im rexperiencing it again 10 days before my period, i never had any sexual relationships and i have regular periods but now that it is the second time i experience such discharge im worried and i also have a light back pain please help

    • Hi Sarah. The change in discharge and the back pain could be due to a number of different gynecological conditions. PID (pelvic inflammatory disease) is one possibility. But this may also be related to the urinary tract. It is not always a cause for concern if it is temporary but it is advisable to have this checked up with a gynecologist. There are more serious conditions like cervical cancer that could also be responsible but considering your age and that you have not been sexually active, this is less likely. However, don’t leave it unattended. Rather seek medical attention early.

  • Sarah

    Hi,im 17 years old and ive experienced dark brown discharge before my period and now im rexperiencing it again 10 days before my period, i never had any sexual relationships and i have regular periods but now that it is the second time i experience such discharge im worried and i also have a light back pain please help

  • Ciara Uma

    HI SO i havent had a normal period for 2-3 months. Since ive never had sex, we can rule out pregnancy. In lieu of a period ive been having brown blood every single day since my last normal period. The amount differs from a small to large amout, but it always smells a little wierd. I have no physical symptoms like pain, irritation, or redness. The discharge is a dark brown, and can either be in a blood-like consistancy or a wierd gummy little booger thing. This is all driving me insane. Also, ive been under a looot of stress, im 16 and I have a birth control implant: nexplanon. I live in spain and dont speak spanish well so seeing a doc is hard but ill find a way if its a huge problem. Pleeeease for the love of god respond, i havent found anyone who could help me

    • Hi Ciara. You say that you have never had sex yet you have the birth control implant? We assume that you mean that you have not had sex in recent months or was there some other reason that you are using the implant? Even if it is not pregnancy there are number of conditions that can cause these symptoms as you may have read above. Pelvic inflammatory disease, a number of sexually transmitted diseases, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, cervical cancer and so on can cause many of the symptoms you are reporting. PCOS stands out for your age group and the irregularity of the menstrual cycle. Unfortunately there is no way of saying for sure until you consult with a doctor.

  • Martinez

    Hi, i had an abortion a month ago and right now I have had a bad smell but a little spotting but no sign of beung my period its been a 1 week that has been going on.Is there simething wrong or what is it what can I do?

    • Hi Martinez. Your OBGYN would have advised on a follow up visit about 4 to 6 weeks after the abortion. If not then you should go back to the OBGYN and discuss these symptoms. The delay in a period is not uncommon after an abortion but the other symptoms could be the sign of something serious. Rather be safe than sorry and seek medical attention.

  • helen

    Hi I have a regular period of 5 days with day 2 and 3 heavy then light but ghis time I have had a few more days of slight red bleeding or brown discharge. This has also lead to the entrance of my vagina
    becoming very sore and tender. I am 49 so wondering if its menopausal. Please could you advise if I should go to the doctors.

    • Hi Helen. The odd change in the manner you are describing may not necessarily be a cause for concern. If it is persisting, getting worse or recurring then it may be serious. While these menstrual changes could be menopause, it should be evaluated further for other possible causes like pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Yes, it’s always advisable to seek medical attention. Rather be safe than sorry. Speak to your doctor as soon as you can.

  • irene Giancecchi

    HI my name is Irene , I have a Daughter that is 14. this is the secong month that this has happen. Brown discharge a week before her period and last about a week. She doesnt complain about any pain. Should i be concerned and take her to gyn.

    • Hi Irene. It may not be anything to worry about just yet, especially if it is not persistent and there is no pain or other symptoms. But it is always advisable to have it checked, especially in a young girl where simple gynecological conditions early in life can lead to fertility later on if untreated. Book an appointment with your gynecologist whenever you can but this does not seem to be a medical emergency just yet.

  • cherie

    Hi, I took birth control for only 7 days and then i stopped. I didnt like the way it made me feel. since then I have been having brown blood when im not having my normal period. This has been happening for 7 months. I sick of this, please help should I use a fertility cleanse?

  • ry94

    Hello ,
    I just had my daughter four months ago. Ever since my periods would come regular. Well last month my period had came late , would last 3-5 days which is regular for me. Got my period today (at least I think it is my period) but it came 4 days early. I’m bleeding brown with tiny blood clots. Every time I pee also blood clots appear. Which isn’t normal for me at least the blood clots . usually I start dark red and flow into my period but not this time. I have pain where I’m bleeding also. What could this indicate or possibly be. I am nervous. I do have intercourse with my husband I took a test two weeks ago and it cane negavite. Well the cheap dollar test. I do have an thyroid disease but I’m sure that has nothing to do with it.

    • Hi Ry94. We assume that the test you are referring to is a pregnancy test. It is advisable to repeat the test and see a doctor even if you are not pregnant. Firstly some of these symptoms are indicative of a urinary tract problem like an infection. Secondly you also have to be concerned about conditions like pelvic inflammatory disease, a miscarriage (if you were pregnant), sexually transmitted infections, uterine fibroids and even cervical cancer. There is no way of knowing for sure until your doctor does further tests. An underactive thyroid can affect your cycle and the appearance of your menses in a number of ways so it should no be ruled out immediately. Your gynecologist will be able to advise you further.

  • Miranda

    Hi im 19 , I, got my period on october 26. Lasted normal but. I have been discharging brownish almost black and random blood clots since then and its dec 11 any thought on what this means before I go see a gyno

    • Hi Miranda. It is difficult to say for sure but it’s good that you are consulting with a gynecologist. If you are sexually active then it could be an STD and even a miscarriage. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), uterine fibroids, cervical cancer and so on are other possibilities. You don’t mention any other symptoms so that makes it a bit difficult to isolate to a few conditions. Rather wait to see your gynecologist.

  • kira_lala

    Hi, my names kira, I have type 1 diabetes and ovarian cysts, 22 on my right and 14 on my left.
    My partner and I hadn’t had sex in a while until last night and during I had experienced pain to the right of my abdomen/near my hip bone and after there was slight bleeding but stopped after a few minutes but the next day there is a small amount of brownish thick blood not enough to use a pad or anything but only noticed it when I went to the toilet. I don’t know what it is. I last saw my Gyno in May and I was clean of any infections and std’s. I haven’t changed sexual partners either.
    I’m also 19, almost 20. I would love your advice, I am making an appointment to see my gp on Tuesday and get a referral to the Gyno. but in the meantime would love your opinion.

    • Hi Kiara. It is good to hear that you are seeing your GP for a referral to the gynecologist. It is important to do so. Firstly pregnancy needs to be excluded as a possible cause. Thereafter STDs need to be considered as the symptoms arose so soon after sexual contact. The fact that you are with the same partner does not exclude the possibility of STDs. Lastly there are other gynecological conditions, apart from infections or pregnancy, that may be causing these symptoms. Your gynecologist will need to assess your case in person, possibly conduct various tests and then reach a diagnosis. Only then can the appropriate treatment be prescribed.

  • cookie

    My period was three days late and on the fourth day i noticed brown, black dried up blood that’s only noticed while wiping. This has never happened before. I have light cramping. What’s wrong with me? Can someone help me please?

    • Hi Cookie. It is difficult to say what may be wrong with you through an online platform but considering the cramping and change in the menses color, you should speak to your doctor. It could be conditions like pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or it could even be a miscarriage even though you were unaware of being pregnant. Uterine fibroids and even cervical cancer could be possibilities. There is no need to get concerned just yet. These are just some of the possible conditions that could account for these symptoms. Rather consult with your gynecologist and undergo any further tests that he/she may deem necessary.

  • Nicol

    Hi, I am 28 years old and I am diabetic. I had a miscarriage in march this year and we have since been trying to fall pregnant. I have been getting signs of pregnancy and have missed my period for about 2 weeks and 2 days. Then about 3 days ago I started getting a light pinkish discharge and today I’ve noticed it turn to a brownish one but it’s very light. I’ve taken a pregnancy test about a week ago and it was negative. About a week and half before my period was due I had what looked like implantation bleed. Please help.

    • Hi Nicol. It is always advisable to take a second test and consult with a doctor even if the test is negative. While these symptoms may seem like pregnancy there are a host of gynecological conditions which can present with these symptoms. Understandably you are hoping for the symptoms to be due to pregnancy but do not delay medical attention. Early diagnosis and treatment of any condition greatly improves the outcome.

  • shana-kay

    hi my period ended 4 days ago but yet still am seeing brown spotting for da last 3 to 4day now some times i feel a little cramping in my belly bottom

    • Hi Shana. It is difficult to say much with such limited information. This could just be a transient disturbance in your menstrual cycle but then these symptoms could also be due to a host of gynecological conditions. It’s advisable to see a doctor but you may also want to do a home pregnancy test as well. Your doctor will be able to assess your condition further, run tests if necessary and finally reach a diagnosis. Only then can treatment be prescribed if necessary.

  • Avi

    is it normal to have brown period blood in the morning after sleeping? (today is also the first day)

    • Hi Avi. It is normal if you are having your period at the moment, or it is about time for your period. Some women have irregular menstrual cycles so their period may start at any time. However, the concern here is whether this bleeding is really due to your period or not. You should see your doctor if you are uncertain as it could be due to a host of possibilities that need to be confirmed or excluded.

  • Binz

    Hi, I have had the mirena in for almost 4 years and recently have been feeling very sick, really sore boobs and now have brown bleeding. I had sex the other day and it was quite painful and thats when the brown bleeding started. I have not bled (spotting or period) with the Mirena for a few years so this is not the norm.I have tried to feel for the strings but cant find them – any ideas about the brown blood??

    • Hi Binz. You have to see a gynecologist as soon as possible. Firstly there is no birth control that is 100%, and even the manufacturer of the IUD that you mention says so. It is therefore possible that you are or could have been pregnant and this has to be excluded. Another reason why it is so important to seek medical attention is that there is a chance that this unusual bleeding may be due pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), uterine fibroids or cervical cancer. The IUD you mention should not be used in these conditions. The bleeding may not be anything serious but it is better to be safe than sorry and seek medical assistance.

      • Binz

        Thank you, the bleeding has stopped, boobs aren’t sore anymore and I’m only slightly nauseous – I will however go and see the doctor still – in case it is an infection or any of the others you mentioned. Thank you

        • Hi Binz. Glad to hear that you are feeling better.Yes, it is definitely advisable that you consult with your doctor even though the symptoms have subsided.

  • Angela Marquez

    ok question. im 25 n am precancerous im a CIN3 FROM WHAT MY ob said. well this month i was late on my period n when i started it was brown like tar. well the next day i got a light period and then brownish again the day after n so on. i took a pregnancy test before this started n ot was negative. do u think i could be prego or is it the cervical cancer getting worse… i am getting cramps so i thought it was a period till i noticed it wasnt normal. please help me.

    • Hi Angela. CIN3 is not yet cancer of the cervix but of course it can become so. Symptoms may not be present but the fact that it could become cervical cancer is a concerns. Symptoms are more likely when it does become cancer. Yes, pregnancy first needs to be excluded. Home pregnancy tests are not always reliable so you should follow up with a doctor. If it is not or was not pregnancy then the next concern would be the cervical abnormality. Here again you need to see you OBGYN and as soon as possible. There is just no way that we could say if it is pregnancy, possibly cervical cancer or some other cause.

  • erika

    I’m not sure if you guys read these still or not but doesn’t hurt to try. Ive been having a little bleeding when I wipe to use the restroom. I thought it was my period but when I use a tampoon its not any thing on there but a very small brownish spot. I did have unprotected sex two weeks ago && took a plan b the day after just in case. Ive never experienced this before && is scared!! Lol. Want to get some ideas before going to the ER.

    • Hi Erika. Pregnancy of course needs to be excluded first even though you have used the emergency contraceptive pill. The bleeding could be due to the emergency contraceptive pill itself. It could also be an infection, possibly of the urinary tract even though you may not have symptoms like burning urination. A sexually transmitted disease is also a possibility. As you can see there are many possibilities here. There is no way of saying for sure and it is advisable that you see a doctor. A trip to the ER may not be immediately necessary unless you are having very intense pain and other serious symptoms. Book an appointment with your family doctor.

  • Kristina

    I had my period dec. 23rd thru to dec. 28th usually its two days longer. My periods normally are horrible they are normal then the second or third day they get severely heavy where i go thru 1 super plus tapon onto a heavy pad in 2 hours then back to normal then light. This is was what happened just 2 days shorter time. Then January 2nd I started getting a brown mucus like discharge with severe cramping it has gotten bad enough where I need a pad at 1 point it looked like it was turning light red then back to being a stool like brown. I don’t believe I am pregnant I have 4 kids and I get a different symptom with pregnancy. I have a tilted uterus and havent gad sex in a month. This brown discharge is not a normal occurrence but I also cannot be seen by a doctor for 4 days to a week. Should I be concerned

    • Hi Kristina. Any change in your period needs to be assessed by a medical professional especially if there are symptoms that are persisting. You should first exclude pregnancy. The reality is that the symptoms can sometimes be very different than your previous pregnancies. So a pregnancy test is the only way to know for sure. However, the symptoms you have described can be associated with many conditions and it is difficult to say for sure through an online platform. Hopefully you will be consulting with a gynecologist and you have been undergoing routine Pap smears on an annual basis. Wait to see what your doctor has to say. It could be nothing serious and your periods may return to normal next time around.

  • Cheryl Wilmet

    I am 54 and have not had a menstraul cycle for 1 year and I have not been to a gynecologist in a few years. Two days ago I started having brown spotting. I have been wearing a pad which doesn’t sow much but it is real obvious when I wipe. I also have had a dull ache around my waist for a few weeks. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

    • Hi Cheryl. That is concerning because you obviously have not had a Pap smear in years and this is most likely nothing to do with menstrual bleeding since your periods have ceased a year ago. It is advisable that you see your gynecologist immediately. With conditions like cervical cancer presenting with symptoms you mention, immediate medical attention is necessary. Of course, it may not be anything as serious. However, there is no way of saying for sure until you consult with a gynecologist in person. Good luck!

  • btili

    Hello there.. i have a weird situation.. I have been having cramps for about 2 weeks going on 3. It’s off and on and also alot of white discharge and about 3 and a half weeks ago i had this long discharge with a streak of blood in it.. i don’t usually have regular periods but i do know that they come around the end of the month. …
    BUT I have a 5 month old and i breastfeed often and I’m on bc pills (Progesterone). Been on them for 3 months. I had 2 periods but this last month i didn’t. I have a bad memory and i have missed a couple and taken a few, and not at the right time. I have sex everyday so with all this said is it possible I’m pregnant? ? Or are my cramps and discharge and missed period cause of the pills and not taking them properly? ? Thank you. .. also this time after sex I went to go wipe myself and there was a little ball of light pink discharge? ? Please help!!

    • Hi Btili. It is difficult to say for sure but both are possible. You could be pregnant seeing that you are active and have not been taking your pill as prescribed. Breastfeeding is not an effective contraception. However, this on again off again way that you are taking your pill could also be responsible for bleeding. A dip of hormone levels (when you miss your pill) can trigger endometrial bleeding. It is best that you speak to your doctor and have a pregnancy test. If all is well, try to keep to your progesterone pill as prescribed to prevent further scares.

      • btili

        Thank you very much!!

  • lex2002

    Hi im hpv posative an have never had brown bleeding before i was seen about a month ago for a pap and she said something about the cells changing and stages of the layers of skin but after the lab she said it was fine fot now and seemed to be not anything to worry about with my age i am 22 btw. Should i go in to my dr about this brown blood and could it be cancer? Its been 2 days almost 3.

    • Hi Lex2002. We cannot say for sure if there is cancer but if the lab has given the all clear just a month ago then it is unlikely (but not impossible) to have changed so quickly. Yes, you must see you doctor given your HPV history. It may be nothing serious but considering the HPV concern it is advisable that you have it medically assessed.

  • Caroline

    Hi i didnt have my period in december but it came in jan 1st and ended on the 7th nd on the 13 th of january i start bleeding like my period is about to start i ve no abdominal pain. No symptoms nd it looks like my period sometimes it is light red and sometimes dark brown pleasewhat do you think is wrong with me. And while i was on my period i took emergency pill and a week after another emergency pill do u think it the reason?

    • Hi Caroline.The odd missed period is usually not a cause for concern provided that it does not occur frequently. However, the use of the emergency pill could be a concern. Firstly it is possible that the emergency pill caused this abnormal bleed. Secondly the fact that you used an emergency contraceptive means that you were having unprotected sex. So pregnancy is a possibility as well. It would be advisable that you consult with a doctor. Rather be safe than sorry.

  • Karen

    Hi my name is Karen and I have been experiencing some wired discharge. I had my periods on the 13th of Jan. And it’s almost two weeks now since it’s gone and now when I wipe I notice streaks of blood in my discharge. Sometimes it’s there sometimes it’s not. I know I don’t have any infections going on up there but don’t know what else it can be. Oh I forgot to mention my husband and I had sex on the first day of my periods. But I don’t get pregnant so easy so idk what’s wrong with me.

    • Hi Karen. Firstly pregnancy has to be excluded even if you think you are not. However, the blood-streaked discharge may be unrelated to pregnancy (if you are pregnant). It could be an infection like PID or it could even be more serious. Hopefully you have been having regular Pap smears. It is difficult to say what may be causing this abnormality in your discharge because so many conditions can present with similar symptoms. It is advisable that you consult with your doctor for further investigations and only then can a diagnosis be reached.

  • emily

    I had a baby 4 months ago and I still have brown discharge with brown blood Clots every time I go to the toilet and a week before that I had a massive red blood clot. Has anyone else had this. It won’t stop

    • steviegal

      Hi emily. Im having the same thing happen, i had a baby 3 months ago took 8 weeks to stop bleeding only for them to come back every two weeks since n its still in clots n brown clots at times as well. Im trying to work out if its normal to. Docs keep saying give it time but something just doesnt feel right.

    • Hi Emily and Steviegal. Some women do experience this after giving birth and it may not be a cause for concern right now. Of course your should follow up with your gynecologist. If you are not breastfeeding, your menstrual cycle has returned to normal and you are still experiencing clots then definitely seek further medical attention.

  • steviegal

    Hi there. Ill start at the beginning so it all makes a bit more sense. I had my third child 3 months ago. My waters broke but i had no contractions so they had to induce me. after birth i had post partum hemerige. Lost 800ml after birth dont know how much during but enoughto nearly have a tranfusion. Since the healing it took 8 weeks to stop bleeding, then every two weeks i get it back again. During all of these cycles its not a normal flow it still comes out in small clots. This time i went to the toilet n it came out bright red but then half hour later i lost dark brown stringy stuff on my pad but it comes out bright red as i pee. Theres no odor, but my stomach always bloats around the time of bleeding. Im fine the first day or two but then becomes painful until i feel a clot pass through n pain goes for a bit. Sometimes the pain goes into my back. I should mention to that right through my pregnancy i had iron deficiancy n obviously it got worse after birth, could this still be the case 3 months later? Or something more serious? Ive tried asking doctors but they just keep saying that it takes time for your body to go back to normal after birth. But with my other two children i was good in 2 weeks. Im worried this time n dont know what to do. Please help. Oh n i havent been sexually active since i was 6 months pregnant.

    • Hi Steviegal. Many women experience clots and other changes in the menses for a few months after giving birth. Of course if it is persisting and especially if you are not breastfeeding then you definitely have to consult with a gynecologist. The iron-deficiency anemia takes some time to correct. If it it was present prior to falling pregnant and just worsened during pregnancy then it will definitely take many months after childbirth to correct itself. It is possible that it will not be sorted without iron supplementation, particularly if you do not eat a balanced diet or suffer with heavy bleeding. Your OBGYN would conduct further investigations and advise your further.

  • megan

    Hi. I am ttc. My last period was on the 7th Jan and last 5 days and was normal since then I had a brownish discharge on the 24th Jan lasting 3 days but only noticeable when I went toilet my next period was due on the 4th Feb but nothing till the 7th Feb and I had a really light spotting lasting 4 days it yet again was only noticeable when I went toilet. I took a pregnancy test the day after my missed period but it was negative. I could really do with some advice please xx

    • Hi Megan. The question is whether your periods are regular or not. If so then this irregularity could be due to pregnancy. Home pregnancy tests are very effective but not always very early in pregnancy. Consulting with a doctor who can then do a HCG blood test is a better option to confirm or exclude pregnancy in the very early stages. This bleeding is unlikely to be an implantation bleed since it is persisting for so long but could sometimes be due to a spontaneous abortion (miscarriage). Of course it may also have nothing to do with pregnancy at all. Best that you speak to you OBGYN and get further clarity on the situation.

  • Jenna

    Daughter 9 months old and still breastfeeding 6-8 times a day. I am taking Micronor. I had my first period in August (3 months post partum) and it was a normal period lasted 4 days. However last week I had a severe dizzy spell that landed me in bed for 2 days until it subsided. And this week I am on Day 5 of a dark almost black period/discharge that only fills half a panty liner every few hours. Is this my period starting back again or could I be pregnant again?? I took a pregnancy test the day of my dizzy spell and it was negative.

    • Hi Jenna. It is possible that this is your period especially if you have been taking other medication or have missed a contraceptive pill. In terms of the latter the concern is also whether you could have fallen pregnant and then miscarried. Home tests are not always accurate or sensitive enough in the early stages but this is just a possibility that has to be considered. It would be advisable that you consult with your OBGYN especially if the bleeding is still persisting.

  • Mcdanielstein

    I had a normal period which only lasts 3-4 days. 1 week later I started again. It was very light. That was 3 weeks ago and it’s progressively worse! In the beginning it was spotting and some was brown. Now I’m bleeding bright red and heavy. No pain, no other symptoms. I went to my regular dr. (Can’t get into my Gyno for 3 weeks) he says he thinks I’m perimenopausal. I have no other symptoms. I just turned 42 in jan. Today I noticed I cramped just a tad. Not bad at all. And now there’s a tiny bit of clotting and some white/pink discharge/tissue and some sliminess like mucus or something. Should I be worried until I can see my obgyn?

    • Hi Mcdanielstein. Yes, it is possible that this is related to the onset of perimenopause. It is difficult to say whether you should be worried but if you are being monitored by your family doctor until you get a chance to see an OBGYN then you should be fine. It is advisable that you take iron supplements in the interim to prevent iron-deficiency anemia. 3 weeks is a long wait to see an OBGYN so if you find any worsening of your symptoms then see your family doctor again or rush to the ER. Other than that don’t stress just yet. Many women experience similar symptoms.

  • natalie08

    hi, I was just over 2mnths late for my period, then I started bleeding but now its been nearly a month ive been bleeding for normal red blood and now the blood is brown/black and has been for nearly a week now, please can u help me with what it could be.

    • Hi Natalie. It is important to have this checked up. If you are still in your reproductive years then this could very well be a miscarriage that you were not aware of. If you are over 40, or even approaching it, then it may be related to perimenopause. However, there are several other gynecological conditions that can affect women of any age and present with constant bleeding as you described. Speak to your gynecologist as soon as possible.

      • natalie08

        thank you for my reply, it turned out to be a miscarriage, but thank you so much for your reply x

        • Hi Natalie. Sorry to hear. Glad that our advice was of some assistance. Thank you for returning to give feedback. It will help other readers with similar symptoms. Take care.

  • lululiscious

    Hi,I’ve been bleeding since 26th January.It started really light as opposed to my usual heavy flow.Though my period is usually irregular but its always 5 days.But I’ve been bleeding for almost a has gone from light to heav from dark red to light red.I’m at loss for what to do.I did a pregnancy test-negative I don’t take any drugs
    Please what do I do?

    • Hi lululiscious. Even if the home pregnancy test was negative it is worthwhile having a blood test to verify whether you were previously pregnant and possibly miscarried. The blood test is more sensitive for the hormone HCG, the levels of which would be declining if it indeed was a miscarriage. Given that the bleeding is so prolonged you should be consulting with a gynecologist at this point. Please do make an appointment to see your gynecologist. There are many possible causes of this type of abnormal bleeding and your gynecologists will run further scans and tests to confirm a possible cause.

  • Anonymous

    Hi i had gotten my regular period on Jan. 28th. A week later my boyfriend and i had unprotected sex and took Plan B the 72 hour one. About 6 days after on Feb 12th i had realized I had gotten a period. It started off as brown and very dark which is super unusual for me. It then it became super light to where I wld only see it when I would wipe after using the restroom. It has been nearly two weeks now today being feb 24th and im havjng a steady redder period. Im starting to get scared and im not sure if bleeding for this long is regular or if the symptoms fell into what would have maybe been an early regular period ? Someone help

  • joanne hepburn

    Hi, don’t know where to start really. Well in 2013 I had llezt surgery due to CIN 3. I fell pregnant very quickly after. Pregnancy was good apart from bleeding all the way through ( due to scar tissue) bled continually for 4 month after birth due to trying different contraception. Stopped all to give myself a break. Had my 2nd real period in August 2014. Have had a pap smear which was negative and all clear all cell changes. Have had spotting a few times after sex. Doc said cervical erosion. Had my lmp on the 1st Jan 2015. Been having cramps and groin pain on and off for month. Doc never seems concerned. But the last 3 days I’ve had Brown discharge with the feeling I’m going to Start my period. I’ve had 3 negative hpts. Just really worried. Don’t want to keep being sent away from the docs with out answers.Hope you may be able to shed some light for me.
    Thanks for read

    • Hi Joanne. We cannot say with any degree of certainty as to what may be occurring in your case. In light of your history there are multiple factors that need to be considered here which may not necessarily be focused upon in other women. Yes, the discharge may not usually be a cause for concern but your history means cautious is necessary. If you are unsatisfied with the current treatment then it is advisable to seek a second opinion from another gynecologist.

  • Sarah

    Hi, looking for some advice. I’m 20 and I’ve been experiencing really bad pain during sex with my partner, I’ve also had a lot of discharge and pain around my pelvic area, and for the past almost 2 weeks I’ve been experiencing dark brown bleeding with occasional blood clots. I haven’t had a period in over a year since I started on the contraceptive implant. I have recently been tested for all STD’s and came back all clear but was treated around 3 weeks ago for Bacterial Vaginosis, although my symptoms have now got worse. Due to work commitments it’s hard to get back to my doctor but I’m just wondering if I should be worried, and if it’s really neccessary to go back to my doctor. Thanks, Sarah.

  • Faith


    My body is acting weird this month, and I’m not sure what is going on. Firs off my husband and I are trying to conceive. On Friday, i started to very lightly spot brown. This continued through Monday. On Tuesday mid morning, red blood came but lighter than a period with cramps. Tuesday night the cramps got worse so when I woke I thought I’d really be bleeding, and it was actually lighter. Wednesday which was when my period was due it was barely anything and the brown returned. Today (Thursday) it is still very light but pink again. Also, there have been no clots like with normal periods. I did take a pregnancy test which came back negative. I feel crazy because I’m naseous and with the spotting initially thought I was pregnant, but now don’t know what to think or if I should go to the doctor. Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Thank you.

  • jade

    hi i had twins on the 20th of jan and im now bleeding light pinky brownish stuff an its light noe like a period ive been losing this stuff for 4 days now this normal im scared and dont no if i have something worng with me ….plz help me

  • leanne

    Hi i have been on the depo injection since my daughter was born nearly a year ago in april, since then i have been spotting red blood then it will go brown then red again, at times i wont bleed for atleast 3 to 4 weeks then i may bleed again. i have been having pains in my back and hip areas. Also i have pain when i start to have sex, then i bleed sometimes after. i have been to the doctors they put it down to stress. i am worryed whether or not it may be cervical cancer.

    • Hi Leanne. These symptoms are a concern but this does necessarily mean that it is a serious condition. Cervical cancer is a consideration but there is need to rush to this conclusion just yet, especially if you were having regular Pap smears in the past. Uterine fibroids, endometriosis and so on could also cause many of these symptoms. You should be seeing a gynecologist at this point if you are not already doing so. Another possibility that needs to be considered here is an infection but your gynecologist will discuss this with you further.

      • leanne

        I have had 4 pregnancys, two full term i have had no pap smears, nothing. I am still waiting for a referral to the gyne after nearly 2 months.

        • HI Leanne. Sorry to hear that you still haven’t been able to see a gynecologist. Unfortunately there is little that you can do but seek medical advice. It may be advisable to see a private gynecologist on your own accord without waiting for a referral through your health care system. Pap smears should be done regularly and this is very concerning that you have had none as yet. Speak to your family doctor,

  • gracia

    i always have brown discharge before my period which usually occur for a few days followed by heavy bleeding. but now, i am due to have my period in two days but no brown discharge. i’ve had sex with my bf during my ovulation period last february 15 and 16 using pull out method and had my regular period which started march 3 which lasted for 4 days. my period was normal so i am just wondering that i haven’t got brown discharge and my period is due in two days, should i be concerned?

    • Hi Gracia. You may be getting worried a bit too soon. Hopefully by now you have had your period and if not then you have done a pregnancy test. Such a small deviation from your normal cycle may not be anything to worry about just yet. However, if it persists or other symptoms arise then you definitely consult with your gynecologist. It is advisable that you consider contraception if you do not want to fall pregnant. The pull-out/withdrawal method is not reliable.

  • karen

    Everytime we have sex of my husband after sex I bleed …den my vagina discharges red/brown …im afraid to see my gynecologist they said paps smear hurts …..

    • Hi Karen. You NEED to see a gynecologist immediately. This could be the symptoms of cervical cancer although other conditions could also cause similar symptoms. There is some discomfort during a Pap smear but avoiding it could make the difference between life or death if you do have cervical cancer. Millions of women are doing Pap smears around the globe every month. It is not as painful as some women describe so rather go and see your gynecologist.

  • Katie

    Hi, I have really irreguluar periods, I always have. I will go months and months without one and then I will get one and it will last between 1-2 months and it is very very heavy and has lots of clots! I had unprotected sex about 3 weeks ago, then I started my period 5 days ago heavy the first day, then yesterday my period stopped suddenly and now I am having brown discharge???? This is a new one for me, I haven’t had it happen before????

    • Hi Katie. Irregular periods is a sign of various disorders, like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). It needs to be corrected and hopefully you have been seeing a doctor about it. The brown discharge could occur for a number of reasons as you can see from the article above. It could be degraded blood mixed with mucus from the period just prior to it. However, it could also be the sign of an infection or possibly even a miscarriage. There is just no way of saying for sure through an online platform. You need to consult with a doctor and see a gynecologist for long term management of the underlying condition.

  • karen

    hi Im 25 years old got married last year have always had regular periods but this time i started with my normal period on feb 22 1015 and bleed normally for 5 days and then till now apr 8 2015 ( aprox 6 weeks now )i have been having brown blood sometimes red blood very light only need to change pad once a day. went to the GP she hasn’t done any exam and gave me tranexamic acid which has made no difference still having brown blood with clots. im always tired sometimes get really bad cramps sometimes . Gp says its nothing its hormonal and it will correct itself.

    • Hi Karen. Hopefully pregnancy and possibly a miscarriage has been excluded. The fact that you previously had normal periods and now this has started it should definitely be investigated. It is advisable that you see a gynecologist. Once a possible miscarriage is excluded there are many other conditions that need to be considered. The approach thus far is obviously not helping and you may have now developed complications, in this case possibly anemia which may account for the fatigue that you are experiencing.

  • senga

    Hi im wondering if you can help me. I havent had a period since feb 2015. I now have dark brown discharge. It is very light not heavy. What could this be? Thanks

    • Hi Senga. We cannot say for sure what may be causing this. We are not in a position to diagnose you. There are many possible causes ranging from a miscarriage, to uterine fibroids, infections and even the possibility of cervical cancer among a host of other conditions. This has to be assessed by a gynecologist and it is advisable that you make an appointment as soon as possible. It may not be anything serious but it needs to be investigated.

  • ashnicole

    I am 13 about to turn 14 in June. I was at school and I noticed a brownish red (like you said) on my underwear, it was also a lot white. I have never had this before and it can’t be my period because I don’t get it until this Sunday. (I always get it on Sundays). HELP I don’t know what to do I’m scared.

    • Hi Ashnicole. It is advisable that you speak to the school nurse or your Mom if possible. This may need to be checked up by a doctor and you will need an adult to be present. It may not be anything to worry about but it is advisable that a doctor checks up what may be wrong.

  • tia

    I had sex a month back with protection and my periods came late and because i was too much worried about periods I did pregnancy test which showed negative.My periods lasted for 12 days approx which is unusual and then after it got finished since 3 days I can notice dark brown color blood,which is too way less to use a pad.also I am getting abdominal pain but not so much,mostly after i pee.and after sometym it just vanish.

    • Hi Tia. Hopefully you did repeat the pregnancy test a week later to confirm that you really weren’t pregnant. It is possible that you were pregnant and it just wasn’t showing up on the test. The dark blood is concerning because it could be a miscarriage. However, if it is was not pregnancy then it is possible that it could be an infection and even a STD. You should see your doctor even though it has stopped. It is worth having it checked up.

  • migi

    Hi! I’m a 13 year old girl, I had my blood taken on test come back on Saturday, my mom wanted to know why my hair was falling out; I’m know I have trichophagia ; I haven’t told her ) and It came back saying I have anemia on wednesday. For two days, I’ve had brown stains on my underwear and I know it isn’t my period because it only comes when it’s the beginning of a month. Can someone please tell me what’s wrong?

  • eli

    Hi… I’m 18 years old and have been on the depo shot for 7 months I got my first shot 2 weeks after I had my daughter for the past two months I’ve had brown discharge and uncomfortablity and itchiness, should I see a doctor about this or is it not that serious?

    • Hi Eli. It is always advisable to consult with your doctor in such cases. Since you are on a contraceptive it may not be pregnacy or a miscarriage but it could be an infection, early sign of fibroids or even problems with the cervix. Hopefully you have been undergoing regular Pap smears. See your doctor who will advise your further.

  • Alyssa Pena

    Hello, well i recently had a baby 8 months ago. so after i had her i went and got on the depo shot. & so after the depo shot ended i started my period. & couldnt get back on depo because i didnt have insurance till the 1st of jan. ok so since december ive been having the clear discharge everyday even till this day and would bleed brown/light brown for only a day or two and it would stop. and this is happing every other day with me.
    hoping anyone has some answers for me.

    • Hi Guest. It is advisable that you see a gynecologist as soon as possible. This discharge that you are experiencing may not be related to the shot and it could be another condition. The shots are not reliable contraception if you do not have it at the prescribed time so you will need to use another form of protection.

  • emily

    I’ve been tAking the depo vera shot since november 2014 right after having my daughteron that halloween. It’s now may 1st. In March, my period skipped which can be normal due ti the bc.
    My period in April started on the 18th and is still continuing. Its a brown period. Anyone cantell me what’s happening???

  • angela perry

    Hi for last 6 month I have being have a 7 day period where I will lose clots then
    brown blood for up to 7 days after a period. this month I have had a 2 day red bleed and being loseing brown discharge for last 6 days today it as gone back to red blood no possibility of being pregnant as being done for 6 years

  • nita

    I had a miscarriage on may 21 and i didnt blood heavy just some spots. And now i been having old blood when i use the bathroom off and on should i go back to the doctor asap

    • Hi Nita. It is not uncommon to have this dark bleed often with clots a while after the miscarriage. We would not say it is normal but it is not uncommon. Since you are concerned you should follow up with your doctor if it has not stopped as yet. A routine consultation with a gynecologist is also advisable.

  • Brianna Brown

    Hi , I had my second son on Feb 22nd, he caused a urethral diverticulum. I had surgery for that and now they think I have built up scar tissue and I am using recticare (lidocain 5%) on my vaginal like the obgyn said. Well for weeks now I have been having dark brown vaginal bleeding/discharge/spotting. I really need advice. Changing obgyn and it takes at least 3 weeks just for new obgyn to call me and set up appointment. My email is

  • jayre

    Dear Dr. Chris,
    I am 19 years old and I’m a virgin, my period was very normal this month it was on time and it finished on june 20 2015, however on the 27th i got a brown spot on my panties, barely noticeable, on the 28th the brown spot got bigger, on the 29th today, i got a big black clot after i finished peeing and i dont have any back or stomach pain and I’ve been very concerned since i read it could be cancer.

  • mary

    My son is 7 months old. I breast fed for 2 months and got the depo shot 8 weeks after his birth and never got the second shot after the 3 months. I still haven’t gotten my period but I have brown spotting every other week. In the beginning of the pregnancy I was told I had an abnormal pap smear and abnormal cells. Should I be worried?

  • Hannah Russell


    The last time I got my period was April 6th – April 10th. I did not get it the month of May or June. From like July 8th to probably around the 20th I had a little bit of dark brown discharge. Today is July 28th. Should I be worried? Thank you

  • Patience

    Ive missed my period for the past 6wks.I thought i was pregnant but iv not had any symptoms of pregnancy.I had sex during my ovulation period in June and when i was supposed to get my menses on the 22nd of June,it never came.I hv not take a pregnancy test as im scared it might be negative as i really want it to be positive.Yesterday,I saw bright red blood,abt a teaspoonful which made me think’oh im not pregnant’cos i thought i was menstruating but NO! that was it,no more blood came till this morning.Ive not seen any more since y/day.This has never happened to me since i started my menses.Im very confused ? and scared.Any advice would be greatly appreciated.Im 40yrs by the way.Thanks.

  • eugenia robinson

    I found out I was pregnant in June, I don’t remember when my last normal period was, my periods have been irregular since I had my third daughter in October a month early. Starting Monday I have had light pink sometimes small amounts of streaking red blood off and on and it is now wednesday I noticed I have brown discharge with very small blood clots. I never had this with my other three. I’m not uncomfortable or in pain, occasionally I feel like I have light cramps. Please help.

  • emily

    two days into my period and my blood is a really dark brown almost black color, but it has no odor. i recently took an emergency contraception pill, the day after i had unprotected sex to be exact. I’m very concerned. The flow is very slow. I can’t see my doctor until tomorrow but I’d like to know if anyone might have an idea as to what it is that’s wrong with me.

    • Hi Emily. Hopefully you have seen a doctor at this point. This change in your period could be due to a terminated pregnancy from the emergency contraceptive you used. It is therefore important that you seek medical advice to exclude this possibility and if it is not the cause then your doctor will consider other conditions and may require further diagnostic investigation. Your doctor will be able to advise you further.

  • Alyssa

    I am 24 yrs old, NO children, NEVER pregnant, NO surgeries. I have Mirena (inserted Aug. 2012). This was inserted to control heavy bleeding (I had a period for almost 5 months). I have been having brown spotting/discharge with blackish/brown clots/chunks EVERY month instead of a period for the past 3+ months. I get a “period” twice a month, sometimes 3. Intercourse is very painful and I bleed immediately afterwards bright red blood EVERY TIME after. But within the next hour it’s BROWN and stays this way for days. Severe abdominal and pelvic pain. Also extreme flank pain, nausea, vertigo and vomiting. I DID have unprotected sex Aug 2 & 3 2015 and he DID ejaculate inside of me. I have had very few pregnancy symptoms, and 5 negative pregnancy tests. (Last pregnancy test was taken Sept 2 and was digital Clear Blue: negative) I have irregular periods, esp since Mirena was inserted I never know when my “period” is, i no longer get one and if i do it’s just this disgusting brown spotting – NO smell. Only visible when wiping; I’ll throw on a panty liner to prevent dirty panties and at the end of the day there’s only a tiny brown speck on it. Let me throw it out there: I have recurring yeast infections (I’ve had over 3 this year alone and taken 3 courses of antibiotics for it) and I believe I may now have a kidney infection as my kidneys ache and hurt when drinking caffeine. Please, does anyone have similar symptoms or may know what direction (what kind of doctor) i should see? I’m running out of money from 1st patient visits and do NOT have insurance. Thanks. You can email me at aaenrriques3 @aol .com.

    • Hi Alyssa. As you can see many of your symptoms are similar to other users. In your case the concern is about conditions like pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). This may or may not be associated with a UTI. Sometimes this can be sexually transmitted. There is no way of knowing for sure. You need to consult with a doctor who will most likely to have to run further tests. Despite the previous antibiotics, it is possible that this is a recurrent infection. Your doctor will advise you accordingly.

  • Jennifer

    Hi, I’m 44 years old. I had a my tubes tied 19 years ago after my youngest child was born. My problem is I had 2 “spotting” periods in early October, then on October 24th had so-I – thought my regular period, I bled extremely heavy & cramped very badly, (worst period ever!) for nearly two and a half weeks… The bleeding eased up to just spotting but I still was cramping very badly, spotting turned in to brownish color. This has been going on 3 weeks now, I finally have an appointment with my gyno on December 1st…
    Please if you doctors have any advice.
    Thank you!

  • Jennifer

    Hi, I’m 44 years old. I had a my tubes tied 19 years ago after my youngest child was born. My problem is I had 2 “spotting” periods in early October, then on October 24th had so-I – thought my regular period, I bled extremely heavy & cramped very badly, (worst period ever!) for nearly two and a half weeks… The bleeding eased up to just spotting but I still was cramping very badly, spotting turned in to brownish color. This has been going on 3 weeks now, I finally have an appointment with my gyno on December 1st…
    Please if you doctors have any advice.
    Thank you!

  • mommyof2

    Hello. i am 23 days late on my period. i recently took a test and it was negative. then, i started last night with a brown period instead of the normal color. i have all of the signs of pregnancy though. hungry,tired, emotional,sore and swollen breasts,even some weight gain…does anyone know what this may be???

    • Hi mommyof2. Even if the pregnancy test that you used showed negative, it does not mean that you are not pregnant. Rather speak to your doctor if you have not done so already and let your doctor run the necessary investigations to confirm whether you are pregnant or not. You mention the pregnancy symptoms as well as the brown discharge and this could be signs of a miscarriage. However, it may also be unrelated to pregnancy and this could be associated with other gynecologic conditions. The only way to know for sure is for your doctor to run further tests.

  • Kelsey

    I been using reglar birthcontrol pill for two years no problem “back in 2011&2012″. I stop using that I did the implant and made me weak so I stop that in 2014”. In 2014 I went ahead and used depo shot sense the implant dodnt work. I never had any problem with the depo shot I just wanted to get off of it. After I did get off it my body started act funny. The doctor keep saying I had yeast infection UTI. I had blood work done and plevic exam done and pap test done many yime time. Notjing came back positive. I had std test done I had pergo test done too. However when I was on the depo shot I didnt have my period at all. Now I bleed unexpexted kinda red and brown. I had an utral sound done too. There was nothing!!! My gen. doctor do believe that it not a yeast infection and she does see what im talkig about. BUT I STILL HAVE NO ANSWER!!! p.s. I do have back pain and in the front to and my hair is not the same. It never been an issues before. SO what some tip you can give me!!.!

  • Cathy

    After almost 2 years, I stopped taking bc last June. We started TTC, got my first period not the withdrawal period last July. Same as August but come September I only have very light period, October got brown black discharge for 3 weeks so I consulted a gyne and she gave me duphaston which stopped the discharge. November I have normal period, I am discharging red blood instead of the brown black discharge. This month, it’s happening again, what is wrong with me? How can I be pregnant if this is always happening?

    • Hi Cathy. It can take several months for your period to stabilize after stopping birth control. The brown/black discharge that you are experiencing could be due to a host of different causes as you can see from the article. This could occur with a pregnancy as some women do experience bleeding through the first trimester and progesterone is prescribed to prevent a miscarriage. However, there is also the possibility that this is due to other conditions which may not be related to pregnancy or your past history of using birth control. It would be advisable to speak toy our gynecologist again. Further investigations may be necessary to identify the underlying cause.

  • jyoti

    Hello Dr .,
    I am having muddy brown vaginal discharge ( very dirty in look, but without any smell) 2 days before each period for about 1 year.
    This started after a pill induced abortion.
    I am very worried what may be the cause.
    I had taken pills as per medical prescription.

    Now I want to plan pregnancy. Can it affect the conception?

  • Cristal Perez

    Hello, I was concerned because I’ve noticed yesterday that i had discharge but it was brown. And it was just a little line on my underwear and this has happened once before like a week ago. And today I have some bleeding but its a brown and red color . I want to know what it means. This is the first time it happens my period usually comes red and it doesn’t come around this time. What does it mean?

  • jummy

    Hi dr my name is Jummy am a first time mum, I had my baby 11 months ago and got my period some weeks later and I went for depot dera shot and ever since then I didn’t see my period for lyk 10 months and went to see my doc and he checked me and said am not producing eggs so there cant b a period for me for now,later I saw my period with lots of cramps but its not flowing at all. Is this normal?

    • Hi Jummy. While it should not have occurred, sometimes there may be a bleed and cramping. This may not necessarily be a period though. It is very important that you follow up with your doctor as there is a possibility that this could be due to another problem, like an infection. It is difficult to say for sure bu your doctor will run the necessary tests and advise you accordingly.

  • Hi Jummy. We are not in a position to state whether this is normal or not. This is best left to a doctor who is familiar with your case. However, considering that you have had your contraceptive shot 10 months ago it would undoubtedly have worn off by now (actually a long time ago). Depending on various factors (such as how long you were using the contraceptive, and so on) your normal menstrual cycle may be restored. Also remember that various other gynecological conditions could have arisen which may explain the lack of normal menstruation at this point. As you can see there are various factors to take into consideration and you will need to see a gynecologist who can advise you accordingly.

  • Hazel

    Hi I am having a menstrual period every 20-25 days and it is brownish black without odor the entire week of my period. I had a small accreta in February that was causing excessive bleeding since the birth of my daughter in sept 2015. I had a d&c that removed the excess placenta. I suffer from PCOS and prior to the birth of my baby was never able to have a period on my own. Is this likely my new “normal” or is this something I should worry about? Thanks!

    • Hi Hazel. It can be difficult to define a normal period in these circumstances. Given your medical history you need to follow up wih your gynecologist. This could very well be your “new normal”. Many women with PCOS find that the condition eases to some degree with pregnancy and childbirth. However, this does not mean that your PCOS has resolved entirely. Your gynecologist will be able to advise you further.

  • Hi Jerdy. If your blood discharge has not resolved by now then it is advisable that you speak to your doctor. This may not be related to menstruation. It could in fact be a bladder infection. which is why you are only noticing it when you urinate. A discharge may also occur with a urinary tract infection. (UTI). Even if you do not have typical UTI symptoms like frequent urination or burning when you urinate, it could still be a UTI. Your doctor will be able to assess and advise you further.

    • Jerdy Ogabar

      thank you for the response…after 3 weeks my vaginal discharged suddenly stops but for now Im waiting for my period for this month. but actually this abnormality starts after my kidney stone came out on my pee last april. but it only last for 2 days but for this month I had this discharged for 3weeks

  • R C

    menopausal for over two years just started bleeding brown been sick with virus couple days with virus no changes in medications

    • Hi RC. Even though you are menopausal, you can develop infections of the vagina, cervix, uterus and fallopian tubes. This is known as pelvic inflammatory disase (PID) and may present with the brown blood that you described. There could also be other causes, some of which are more serious. The only way to know for sure is to consult with your doctor. A further examination and possible tests/scans may be needed to identify the exact problem and diagnose the cause.