Rarely, brown discharge and abnormal vaginal bleeding may be a sign of cervical or endometrial cancer. Other signs of cancer could be bloody discharge with a strong odor and pelvic pain.
Brown discharge is not a sign in itself that a person has cancer. However, if you have abnormal flow with other symptoms, you should visit your doctor for a checkup.
When to see a doctor If a brown vaginal discharge happens to you occasionally without any other symptoms and there is no odor, then there is usually nothing to worry about.
However, you should see a doctor for any type of abnormal discharge. Doctors advise to consult on the following symptoms with vaginal discharge:
- The discharge is of an unusual green or yellow color.
- Vaginal discharge that is lumpy and resembles white cheese.
- Your brown discharge has a strong and unpleasant odor.
- You also have itching, burning and swelling around the opening of the vagina.
- You have some concern about unusual bleeding that is not connected to your period.