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black clot like discharge, dark fluid 10 days into "period"

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Hello, I am 17 and sexually active. I'm not on birth control but I use condoms. A few times I have done it without a condom but my partner pulls out a good amount of time before he finishes and never gets it near my area. I recently had brown/black fluid for a couple days before beginning my regular red colored period that lasted about 3 days give or take. After the red colored period I still have black clot like discharge and dark fluid 10 days into my "period". This black fluid is heavy enough to need a pad but only necessary for one pad. I'm worried because I had my last period beginning the 3rd of february and ending the 9th. When I began with the discharge before my period it was at the end the same month, on the 27th. I'm not sure if its signs of hormonal imbalances, and I've read that its symptomatic of ectopic pregnancies and/or miscarriages. Any answers with be much appreciated!

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replied March 10th, 2012
Womens Conditions Answer A32639
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

One possibility is pregnancy. A dark discharge from vagina can be due to a foreign body (like a condom or tempon left behind) or due to cervical cancer or dysplasia, fibroids in uterus, endometriosis, or due to a STD or fungal infection. You will need pregnancy test, ultrasound, STD panel and PAP smear for confirmed diagnosis. Please consult your gynecologist. Hope this helps. Take care!

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