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Brown Discharge Still Going at 7 months! Brown Discharge Still Going at 7 months!

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Unread 03-14-2003, 06:50 PM
Brown Discharge Still Going at 7 months!

Hi Sisters!

I'm assuming The Road Less Traveled is the right forum for my question.

Had my TAH-BSO seven months ago. No discharge at all for several weeks after the initial post-op period.

In November I began to see faint brown. By Dec. it was lots of bright red. Diagnosed as Granulation/scar tissue. Caurterized twice (one week apart). Rechecked a month later, no sign of any more tissue. Brown discharge never did stop, though; and now it's March! I can only detect it after it accumulates all day on my pantiliner (not enough to tell when I wipe during the day).

Doc thinks maybe it's vaginitis, but I don't think so. Could there be more granulation that she just can't see?

Anyone heard of faint brown this much later? My search here on the site didn't turn up any previously posted help.

Info appreciated.


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Unread 03-15-2003, 07:49 AM
Brown Discharge Still Going at 7 months!


I am sorry you are having trouble But I wanted to welcome you to the road.

I was thinking (scary thought - LOL) that this discharge could still be a result of you being cauterized twice. Perhaps/hopefully the discharge will stop in the next few weeks. Having said that, please keep in contact with your doc, especially if it doesn't stop. The color of your discharge would indicate old blood...but it is best to check with your doc.

I am 2 1/2 years post op, and once in a while I do have a discharge similar to yours. My docs don't really know why

Hopefully another sister who has had similar experiences will be along to share their story.

Let us know how you are doing, and what the docs find out....S
Unread 03-15-2003, 09:10 AM

I didn't experience this, but a friend of mine did have this for a long time after a hyst. She was cauterized and then finally the doctor discovered she had an infection and Bacterial Vaginosis and she took antibiotics and it cleared up. By all means go see your doctor.
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Unread 03-15-2003, 09:52 AM
Brown Discharge Still Going at 7 months!

I'm sorry your still experiencing problems I did have some Granulation Tissue treated w/ Silver Nitrate & I never had anymore problems with it...
I did find some info for you on Granulation & Vaginitis that might be of some help:

What is Granulation Tissue:


educational materials on vaginitis and vaginal awareness among patients and physicians:

Facts & Answers about Vaginitis:

Vaginitis Due to Vaginal Infections:

Disease Profile for yeast (candida) vaginitis:

Vaginitis" is a medical term used to describe various conditions that cause infection or inflammation of the vagina. Vulvovaginitis refers to inflammation of both the vagina and vulva
(the external female genitals). These conditions can result from an infection caused by organisms such as bacteria, yeast or viruses, as well as by irritations from chemicals in creams, sprays or even clothing that are in contact with this area. In some cases, vaginitis results from organisms that are passed between sexual partners.

What Are the Symptoms of Vaginitis? The symptoms of vaginitis can vary depending on what is causing the infection. Some women have no symptoms at all. Some of the more common symptoms of vaginitis include:
Abnormal vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odor
Burning during urination
Itching around the outside of the vagina
Discomfort during intercourse Is Vaginal Discharge Normal? A woman's vagina normally produces a discharge that usually is described as clear or slightly cloudy, non-irritating, and odor-free. During the normal menstrual cycle, the amount and consistency of discharge can vary. At one time of the month there may be a small amount of a very thin or watery discharge; and at another time, a more extensive thicker discharge may appear. All of these descriptions could be considered normal. A vaginal discharge that has an odor or that is irritating usually is considered an abnormal discharge. The irritation might be itching or burning, or both. The itching may be present at any time of the day, but it often is most bothersome at night. These symptoms often are made worse by sexual intercourse. It is important to see your doctor if there has been a change in the amount, color, or smell of the discharge.

What Are the Most Common Types of Vaginal Infections? The 6 most common types of vaginal infections are:
Candida or "yeast" infections
Bacterial vaginosis
Trichomoniasis vaginitis
Chlamydia vaginitis
Viral vaginitis
Non-infectious vaginitis Although each of these vaginal infections can have different symptoms, it is not always easy for a woman to figure out which type of vaginal infection she has. In fact, diagnosis can even be tricky for an experienced doctor. Part of the problem is that sometimes more than one type of infection can be present at the same time. And, often infection is present without any symptoms at all. If you have any symptoms, be sure to see your doctor. To help you better understand these 6 major causes of vaginitis, let's look briefly at each one of them and how they are treated.

What Is Candida or a "Yeast" Infection? Yeast infections of the vagina are what most women think of when they hear the term "vaginitis." Yeast infections are caused by one of the many species of fungus called candida. Candida normally live in small numbers in the vagina, as well as in the mouth and digestive tract, of both men and women. Yeast infections produce a thick, white vaginal discharge with the consistency of cottage cheese. Although the discharge can be somewhat watery, it is odorless. Yeast infections usually cause the vagina and the vulva to be very itchy and red.
Are Yeast Infections Transmitted by Sexual Intercourse? No. Yeast infections are not transmitted through sexual intercourse.
What Factors Increase Your Risk of Yeast Infections?
Recent treatment with antibiotics. For example, a woman may take an antibiotic to treat an infection, and the antibiotic kills her "friendly" bacteria that normally keep the yeast in balance. As a result, the yeast overgrows and causes the infection.
Uncontrolled diabetes. This allows for too much sugar in the urine and vagina.
Pregnancy which changes hormone levels Other Factors Include:
High-estrogen contraceptives
Disorders affecting the immune system
Thyroid or endocrine disorders
Corticosteroid therapy
How Is Yeast Infections Treated? If you are fairly certain that you have a yeast infection, you can treat yourself by getting over-the-counter medication. Creams, suppositories, and pills can be purchased from a drug store and used to treat the infection. It's important to follow all of the directions on the products. If the symptoms do not improve, see your doctor promptly. You may need an antibiotic.
What Should I Do to Prevent Yeast Infections?
Wear loose clothing made from natural fibers (cotton, linen, silk).
Avoid wearing tight pants.
Don't douche. (Douching can kill bacteria that control fungus.)
Limit the use of feminine deodorant.
Limit the use of deodorant tampons or pads to the times where you need then. Change out of wet clothing, especially bathing suits, as soon as you can.
Avoid frequent hot tub baths.
Wash underwear in hot water.
Eat a well-balanced diet.
Eat yogurt.
Use acidophilus tablets (you can purchase these in a drug store in the vitamin section).
If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar level as close to normal as possible. If you get frequent yeast infections, tell your doctor. He or she may need to do certain tests to rule out other medical conditions.
What Is Bacterial Vaginosis? Although "yeast" is the name most women think of when they think of vaginal infections, bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common type of vaginal infection in women of reproductive age. BV is caused by a combination of several bacteria. These bacteria seem to overgrow in much the same way as do candida when the vaginal balance is upset. The exact reason for this overgrowth is not known.
Is BV Transmitted by Sexual Intercourse? BV is not transmitted through sexual intercourse; and, it is not a serious health concern unless you are pregnant -- studies have shown that having the infection during pregnancy may cause early labor and premature birth.

What Are the Symptoms of BV? Almost 50% of the women who have bacterial vaginosis do not have any symptoms. Most women learn they have the infection during their annual gynecologic exam. But if symptoms appear, they can include:
White or discolored discharge
Discharge that smells "fishy"
"Fishy" smell that is strongest after sex
Itchy and sore vagina

How Is BV Diagnosed? Your doctor can tell you if you have BV. He or she will examine you and will take a sample of fluid from your vagina. The fluid is viewed under a microscope. In most cases, your doctor can tell right away if you have BV.
How Is BV Treated? Bacterial vaginosis can only be treated with medicines ordered by your doctor. Over-the-counter remedies will not cure BV. The most common medicine prescribed for BV is called metronidazole. Common product names for this medicine are Flagyl and Protostat. Metronidazole may be taken as a pill or used as a vaginal gel.

Should I Be Treated for BV if I am Pregnant? Maybe. But definitely not during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant. Also let your doctor know if you think that you might be pregnant. You and your doctor should discuss whether or not the infection should be treated.

How Can I Protect Myself From BV? Ways to prevent BV are not yet known. Female hygiene products like douches and deodorants will not cure the infection. These products may even make the infection worse.

What Vaginal Infections Are Transmitted Through Sexual Intercourse? There are several vaginal infections that are transmitted through sexual contact. Trichomoniasis, caused by a tiny single-celled organism that infects the vagina, can cause a frothy, greenish-yellow discharge. Often this discharge will have a foul smell. Women with trichomonal vaginitis may complain of itching and soreness of the vagina and vulva, as well as burning during urination. In addition, there can be discomfort in the lower abdomen and vaginal pain with intercourse. These symptoms may be worse after the menstrual period. Many women, however, do not develop any symptoms. Chlamydia is another sexually transmitted form of vaginitis. Unfortunately, most women with chlamydia infection do not have symptoms, which makes diagnosis difficult. A vaginal discharge is sometimes present, but not always. More often, a woman might experience light bleeding, especially after intercourse, and she may have pain in the lower abdomen and pelvis. Chlamydial vaginitis is most common in young women (18-35 years) who have multiple sexual partners. If you fit this description, you should request screening for chlamydia during your annual checkup. If left untreated, chlamydia can cause damage to a woman's reproductive organs, and can make it difficult for a woman to become pregnant.
Several sexually transmitted viruses cause vaginitis, including the herpes simplex virus and the humanpapilloma virus (HPV). The primary symptom of herpes is pain associated with lesions or "sores." These sores usually are visible on the vulva or the vagina but occasionally are inside the vagina and can only be seen during a gynecologic exam.

HPV, sometime referred to as genital warts, can cause painful warts to grow in the vagina, rectum, vulva or groin. These warts, when visible, usually are white to gray in color, but they may be pink or purple. When warts are not visible, a Pap smear may be the only way to detect the virus.

What Is Non-Infectious Vaginitis? Occasionally, a woman can have itching, burning, and even a vaginal discharge without having an infection. The most common cause is an allergic reaction or irritation from vaginal sprays, douches or spermicidal products. The skin around the vagina also can be sensitive to perfumed soaps, detergents, and fabric softeners. Another non-infectious form of vaginitis results from a decrease in hormones because of menopause or because of surgery that removes the ovaries. In this form, the vagina becomes dry. The woman may notice pain, especially with sexual intercourse, as well as vaginal itching and burning.

How Is Vaginitis Treated? The key to proper treatment of vaginitis is proper diagnosis. This is not always easy since the same symptoms can exist in different forms of vaginitis. You can greatly assist your doctor by paying close attention to exactly which symptoms you have and when they occur, along with a description of the color, consistency, amount, and smell of any abnormal discharge. Do not douche before your office or clinic visit; it will make accurate testing difficult or impossible. Some doctors ask that you abstain from sex for 24 hours before your appointment. Because different types of vaginitis have different causes, the treatment needs to be specific to the type of vaginitis present. It is best to see your doctor before self-treating yourself with over-the-counter medications. "Non-infectious" vaginitis is treated by changing the probable cause. If you recently changed your soap or laundry detergent or have added a fabric softener, you might consider stopping the new product to see if the symptoms remain. The same instruction would apply to a new vaginal spray, douche, sanitary napkin or tampon. If the vaginitis is due to hormonal changes, estrogen may be prescribed to help reduce symptoms.

How Can I Prevent Vaginitis? There are certain things that you can do to decrease the chance of getting vaginitis. If you suffer from yeast infections, it usually is helpful to avoid garments that hold in heat and moisture. The wearing of nylon panties, pantyhose without a cotton panel, and tight jeans can lead to yeast infections. Good hygiene also is important. In addition, doctors have found that if a woman eats yogurt that contains active cultures (read the label) she will get fewer infections. Because they can cause vaginal irritation, most doctors do not recommend vaginal sprays or heavily perfumed soaps for cleansing this area. Likewise, repeated douching may cause irritation or, more importantly, may hide a vaginal infection. Safe sexual practices can help prevent the passing of diseases between partners. The use of condoms is particularly important. If you are approaching menopause, have had your ovaries removed or have low levels of estrogen for any reason, discuss with your doctor the use of hormone pills or creams to keep the vagina lubricated and healthy. Good health habits are important. Have a complete gynecologic exam, including a Pap smear at least every 2 years. If you have multiple sexual partners, you should request screening for sexually transmitted diseases.

Trichomoniasis vaginitis:

. Symptoms in women can include:
Greenish-yellow, frothy vaginal discharge with a strong odor
Painful urination
Vaginal itching and irritation
Discomfort during intercourse
Lower abdominal pain (rare) Symptoms usually appear within five to 28 days of exposure in women

Chlamydia vaginitis:

Vaginal discharge that may have a bad smell
Bleeding between periods
Painful periods
Abdominal pain with fever
Pain when having sex
Itching or burning in or around the vagina
Pain when urinating
I hope this of some help..Good Luck Pls keep us posted, I hope you are able to find some relief to all this soon....((((hugs))))
Unread 03-15-2003, 11:25 AM
Thanks Gals

I guess I'll call my doc and go back to her.

No symptoms at all. Just the faint brown. It gets more brownish-pink whenever I excercise or garden. Sex appears to have no effect on it.

Definately not an STD. DH and I have never been with or even kissed anyone else (high school sweethearts ).

Judester: I kind of think it might be the caurterization, too. It took forever for me to stop bleeding after my first baby because I tore so badly. Bled like a stuck pig for six weeks. HMO Doc didn't believe that it was that bad and didn't have me come in. Then I was either spotting or having a period every two weeks for a few months. UGH!

This hysterectomy has been one of the greatest blessings for me! I just dream of the day when I don't have to wear a little pad if I don't want to (you know how they occasionally fold back and stick to your hairs...yikes!)

I'll let you know how it goes.


Unread 03-15-2003, 01:06 PM
Brown Discharge Still Going at 7 months!

Songsister <----I like your name

I'm happy you are going to call your doc...please let us know what she has to say. I hope and pray it clears up quickly...



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