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Gynecology

Brown discharge

01/05/2009

Question:

Im 19 and have always had irregular periods. A few months ago a had brown discharge for a few weeks then a period i think, im not sure. Now i have this brown discharge again and no period. Is this normal??

Answer:

This is all a result of the irregular bleeding you are having. When there are only small amounts of blood to shed, it can undergo degradation and be a darker color. Heavier bleeding like a period is usually a brighter red. The more important issue is your irregular bleeding. That is something you should have evaluated.

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Response by:

Thomas  A deHoop, MD Thomas A deHoop, MD
Formerly Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Medical Student Education
No longer associated