What Causes Brown Discharge From Vagina?

Q: I’m having a brown colored discharge. I ended my period about 9 days ago. I have started having a few abdominal pains. What could be going on? I am 21 years old female. I have had two pregnancies, one miscarriage and one living child.


You get a brown colored discharge from the vagina when old endometrial tissues are shed off.

During menses, the endometrial lining of the uterus is shed off. This is usually red, suggesting that it has been freshly prepared.

If, because of some reason, the entire lining is not shed during menses; it may shed afterwards. The color of this latter discharge is brown, suggesting that the lining has now become old.

Your discharge should stop in a day or two.

Why this happens can not be said. However, if you eat better, exercise regularly and drink a lot of water, such events are unlikely to occur again.

Other Reasons of Brown Vaginal Discharge

Cancers – Cervical and Endometrial

Do you get your pap smear done at regular intervals? This is a simple test that screens women of your age group against common cancers of reproductive organs.

This condition is suspected if you continue noting this discharge or even spotting, after 2 to 3 days. You may have some pelvic pain. It would be advisable to visit a doctor is such situations.

Pelvic inflammatory Diseases

A brown discharge is there. Other symptoms which may accompany include-

  • Watery or yellowish fluid coming from vagina
  • Pain in lower abdomen
  • Fever
  • Itching down there
  • Burning while passing urine
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Frequent urination

STDs Like Chlamydia, Gonorrhea or Genital warts

Such conditions are common in individuals having more than one sexual partners. Usually, some lesions like a pimple, ulcer or any warty growth is noted on the vaginal area.

If there is any lesion down there, you may consider getting it examined.

Take Care,

Buddy M.D.