Skip navigation! Story from Wellness. Despite what the marketing claims on some "feminine hygiene" products might lead you to believe, vaginas do not require scented wipes to make them smell good.
Vaginal discharge is normal, and will vary throughout your menstrual cycle. Abnormal vaginal discharge differs in color, consistency, smell or quantity compared to your usual discharge. Abnormal vaginal discharge may be a symptom of a bacterial imbalance, an infection or an STI, or in rare cases, cervical cancer.
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.
Discharge helps your vaginal tissues stay healthy, provides lubrication, and keeps your vagina clean, according to the Mayo Clinic. But seeing an unexpected color of vaginal discharge may give you pause which is the more low-key way of saying it might totally freak you out. Here are the different colors your vaginal discharge can be and why.
Finding brown discharge on your underwear or when you wipe can be disconcerting. But the good news is that brown discharge is simply old blood. Fresh blood has a bright red color.
Most causes of abnormal vaginal discharge — such as yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis or menopause symptoms — are relatively harmless, but they can be uncomfortable. Abnormal vaginal discharge can also be a symptom of certain sexually transmitted infections STIs. Since these can spread to involve the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, and can be passed on to sexual partners, detection and treatment of STIs is important.
Vaginal odor is any odor that originates from the vagina. It's normal for your vagina to have a slight odor. But, a strong vaginal odor — for instance, a "fishy" smell — might be abnormal and could indicate a problem.
Yeast infections are one of the most common causes of vulvovaginitis in women. The vagina normally contains both healthy bacteria and unhealthy bacteria. Bacterial vaginosis BV occurs when more unhealthy bacteria than healthy bacteria grow. BV may cause a thin, gray vaginal discharge and a fishy odor.