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i started my period 4/8/11. it started out very light and stayed that way until 7 days later. at that time the discharge became a very dark brown color with a gooey texture (yuck)but wasn't heavy. there seemed to be little particles or specks in the discharge. definately doesn't look normal.
the discharge has remained dark/yucky this whole week until this morning. now it's bright red again, with those same little particles/specks in them. again though, the flow is not heavy, but i'm afraid because i haven't spotted in many many years and to be bleeding for this long (although not heavy) espcially with how odd it looks.
the discharge doesn't have a foul odor, and only had very mior cramps.
i have an appointment for a papsmear in about 2 months. should i see someone sooner? i don't feel sick, but it worries me because of the duration and appearance of this discharge.

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replied April 26th, 2011
Menstruation Answer A22314
Welcome to ehealthforum,
Occasional brown/dark discharge can be considered normal especially if not associated with any other symptoms. However chances of infections, inflammation, cervical dysplasia, perimenopausal changes cannot be ruled out. Consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for a thorough evaluation along with investigations like vaginal swab/smear (to rule out infections), PAP smear (to rule out cervical dysplasia or pre-cancerous changes), hormonal & blood work-up (to rule out anemia and perimenopausal changes).
Take care.

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