Black Vagina Discharge Causes | Dark Brown Menstrual Bleeding


I had black stuff coming from my vagina, and I thought that my period was going to start, but it did not. Is there something wrong with me?


Dark Vaginal Discharge

Dark brown menstrual discharge or vaginal discharge will definitely be a cause of concern particularly if it is occurring for the first time in a woman.

Some time it may happen that normal menstrual flow starts after two to three days of spotting.

Brown or black discharge may not be a concern every time. It may occur due to expulsion of old endometrial tissue.

And this is normal, but in some cases it may be a cause of worry and it may not be due to old endometrial cells.

The causes of brown or black vaginal discharge may be due to:

  • Menopause
  • Pelvic inflammation
  • Sexually transmitted disease such as vaginal warts, gonorrhea
  • Birth control pills can also be one of the cause of black or brown vaginal discharge
  • Stress related problems may cause brown discoloration of vaginal flow

If the black discharge is due to late period then it is the result of blood being oxidized, not much can be done, wait till the next period.

Is the black color of the menstrual blood a concern to the health? The best thing is to consult a gynecologist to find out if the problem is serious or due to delayed menstrual period.

Your menstrual flow may be delayed if it is due to the old endometrial cell elimination.


  1. A N said:

    I am having black discharge from my Vagina and it is killing my right side it will start fir a few days then go away about two to three days later it does it again. I hate going to the doctor what should I do?

    November 22, 2010
    • M I said:

      I am having the same problem. 2 months late for my period, and then this past week I have had black/brown discharge, and the odd time looks like there a blood clot when I wipe, but its black/brown color, please tell me this doesn’t mean I am pregnant?

      January 10, 2011
  2. A D said:

    I have had 4 days of brown blood period, Its worrying me only because I haven’t changed anything with pills or anything, I am having a lot of tests done but this started before all these tests, I am worried.

    December 22, 2010
  3. E S said:

    Can someone please help me, I’ve looked everywhere for an answer, this month when I started my period it started off being brown blood and it hasn’t turned red or anything. I can’t even use anything on my period cause it just gets wasted, I’ve read so many articles about brown blood but they only talk about after the period or only the first few days, but mine has lasted for 7 days now and it’s still brown. And it’s not even a heavy flow. Can anyone please try to give me any idea of what is going on?

    January 16, 2011
  4. BT said:

    I haven’t gotten my period in 5 months and I have taken 6 pregnancy tests and there all negative. But then on Saturday I had this blackish dark brown paste type of discharge. This has been recurring for a good 6 years now and I can’t seem to get a straight answer for anyone on whats going on with me. Is it something I should be concerned about?

    January 16, 2012
  5. cc said:

    I have the same problem also. The discharge from my vagina is black and very sticky. It lasted for 2 days.

    January 31, 2012
  6. Tami said:

    When I was wiping myself yesterday and at first I saw some blood and I thought my period has started. But today when I wiped I saw there is a brown paste that looks like poop. I can’t understand what is wrong and did my period start or not? Please help me.

    July 3, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Most of the time this black thick discharge is due to expulsion of old endometrial tissue lining and you should not get worried. But if there are other associated symptoms such as burning urine, itching in vaginal area, pain in lower abdomen, you have to seek medical treatment. Also if this discharge is persistent, talk to your doctor. Unless she examines you physically it is difficult to diagnose the cause.

      July 10, 2012
  7. EK said:

    I have had something very similar happen to me. The summer of 2010, I got pneumonia which developed after having an extended cold for about 2 months. Since then, for 2 years, I have not had a period once. I was 39 years when this happened and I will be 42 in November.
    Several months ago, I woke up with a disgusting discharge that was thick, black/brown, smelly, and a lot of it. I am scared as what is wrong with me? Thanks to anyone who can help me.

    July 28, 2012
  8. SB said:

    My period is due on 15th and today on September 9 I got black vaginal discharge. What’s wrong, is it an early period or something else. I am really worried.

    September 9, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Dark vaginal discharge is not always a cause of worry as it can be due to expulsion of old endometrial tissue of previous cycle. However, there are other possibilities too, such as pelvic inflammation, stress, use of birth control pills etc. If the flow is excessive you should consult your gynecologist or wait for few days. There is also a possibility of early period. What is your age?

      September 10, 2012
  9. Olivia said:

    My menstrual period is absent since 5 months. I have put on weight in these 5 months. I went to a gynecologist for check up. He did few tests and it turned out to be polycystic ovarian syndrome. There was some odd brown discharge. What should I do?

    November 18, 2012
    • PUP said:

      In PCOS, there is tendency for delayed menstruation and irregular menses. Patients put on weight. It is common symptom. Patient suffering from PCOS should reduce their weight. Also take gynecologists prescribed medicine. Usually patient is given hormonal pills for few cycles.

      November 19, 2012
  10. AR said:

    My mother is 80 plus and still has “periods” the discharge now is blackish red? Any advice will help. She wouldn’t like to go to any doctor, either which is really frustrating.

    December 29, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Period at the age of 80 is abnormal. Your mother needs to consult a gynecologist. She needs a detailed and thorough medical examination. Possibility of carcinoma uterus are very high, if there is bleeding per vagina after the age of 60 years.

      December 31, 2012
  11. SR said:

    My 13 year old daughter is having the poop like vaginal discharge. She has had it for a few days. Should I wait? She has never been to a gynecologist. Should I take her immediately?

    January 28, 2015
    • PUP said:

      It is normal for all women to experience some amount of vaginal discharge. In fact it is a built in cleaning system of vagina. Usually the discharge begins just after a girl attains her pubertal age and ends after menopause. Normally the discharge is clear, white, slightly sticky, with a musky odor. But the discharge in no way unpleasant. The amount of discharge may change from time to time. It may be more before periods, on sexual arousal, or during pregnancy. However, if the discharge is green, black, thick like cottage cheese and extremely foul than it can be a sign of infection in genito-urinary tract. It can be bacterial infection or thrush. If your daughter is suffering from extremely foul discharge, it is necessary to consult your doctor. Also she should maintain good personal hygiene.

      January 29, 2015
  12. AL said:

    I am on birth control pills for hormonal reasons. I am worried as I am also suffering from UTI. I am having 102 degree fever and frequent vomiting due to UTI. I have been sick for one and half week. I was recently scared because of ovarian cancer. I am 18 years old and the discharge was black and stuck to my underwear. I am not due for my period, and I do not know if I had it last month since it was really spotty and did not require a pad. What should I do now? What is the cause?

    June 1, 2015
    • PUP said:

      Irregular bleeding during puberty period is common due to hormonal imbalance. During this period your body is adjusting to various changes that occur. So once in a while if you get dark blood or clots of blood is normal. However, if it is persistent then think about consulting your physician. For UTI consult your physician. He will recommend antibiotics and other medications to control and treat vomiting and other symptoms of UTI. Drink enough water as it will help in flushing out the bacteria from the urinary tract.

      June 2, 2015

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