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Women's Health. The release of brown discharge is often caused by a small amount of old blood mixing with your normal vaginal discharge. This creates a brown tinge.
Skip navigation! Story from Body. But for the rest of us, discharge is an almost daily occurrence.
You may see this color throughout your cycle, usually around the time of your regular menstrual period. When blood takes extra time to exit the uterus, it oxidizes. This can cause it to appear a shade of brown to dark brown or black in color.
Vaginal discharge is a combination of fluid and cells continuously shed through your vagina. Normal vaginal discharge helps keep vaginal tissues healthy, provide lubrication and protect against infection and irritation. The amount, color and consistency of normal vaginal discharge varies — from whitish and sticky to clear and watery — depending on the stage of your reproductive menstrual cycle.
The American Cancer Society estimates almost 13, new cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed inand just over 4, women died from cervical cancer. These numbers are staggering, especially when cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers in women. Fortunately, the death rate from cervical cancer has decreased by more than 50 percent over the last 40 years, due to increased use of the Pap test and HPV Human papillomavirus vaccination.
Back to Health A to Z. Vaginal discharge is normal — most women and girls get it. It's a fluid or mucus that keeps the vagina clean and moist, and protects it from infection. The amount of discharge varies.