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.

Medical Advice (Q&As) on “What Causes Brown Vaginal Discharge?

  1. Helen

    I am 19 years old. I became sexually active a month ago, one day later I had colored vaginal discharge both liquid and solid. I got my period two days after the discharge started and I later got pills from the pharmacist who said it was a yeast infection. Two days ago I had itching in my vagina and I got a previously recommended cream to fix it.
    The problem is I should be getting my period in 2 days time and I’m having brown discharge from my vagina, it’s not itchy anymore but it’s smelly and it’s thick and coming out in solid forms, my pant is also wet from some liquid discharge. I took a picture and it’s just filled with the brown stuff in clusters in a circular form inside my vagina.
    I’m really frightened and disturbed. It is quite irritating.
    My partner and I have unprotected sex but we practice the withdrawal method.

    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Since you don’t have the itch now, your yeast infection is likely to have subsided. These may be remnants of the infection stuff coming out.

      Nothing needs to be done. Just keep the area down there clean and dry.

  2. zahid

    I have seen brown discharge today but my periods are irregular,of which it isn’t smelling and no other symptoms should I be worried. I last saw my periods on 23rd Jan this year


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