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Question: Does brown discharge mean I'm pregnant?

 Jai - Tue Nov 22, 2005 7:53 pm

Lately I've been having tinted brown discharge, and I was wondering what that meant. Could it be possible that I'm pregnant? Does it mean that I have an infection of some sort. Answers would be very much appreciated.
Thank you.
 Theresa Jones, RN - Wed Nov 23, 2005 6:11 am

User avatar Hi Jai,
Brown discharge usually indicates "old blood". This may be caused from the uterus not completely shedding the products of menstruation, minor vaginal/cervical trauma during intercourse, hormonal imbalances, etc. This is also occasionally experienced by women on oral contraceptives. You may want to perform a pregnancy test to rule out pregnancy but I would be inclined to consider one of the above mentioned conditions. If you would continue to experience this type of discharge and pregnancy is ruled out, have an evaluation by your physician to rule out any underlying disorder.
Theresa Jones, RN


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