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Period is late. Had brown discharge. Pregnancy test negative. Have cramps and frequent urination. Reason?

hi i am kanchan i had my period 4 day late then due date last for only 1 day......i observed some brown watery discharge 4 to 5 day before due period and that continued still now....i had taken 3 home pregnancy test but all r negative...but i still have cramps in lower back , lower abdominal and frequent urination also and middle headache too..i am too confused...plz help..
Asked On : Wed, 27 Mar 2013
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Hi!!!!!I ll try my best to clear you confusion Kanchan.Let me take it on one by one.

Monthly bleed can be 3-4 days prior and 3-4 days post to the date of the previous month bleed.So the due date can last for 3 -4 days and as your pregnancy test has come out negative, you need not be stressed.

Now coming to the discharge part.A brown discharge instead of a period normally happens because of late periods. The body of a woman expels the old uterine lining in this condition. These discharge usually last for three days, and then a female has her usual period.The vaginal canal is a self-cleaning system that expels dead cells and lining. Sometimes, when the uterine lining is not eliminated, it resides within the uterus for up to a month. This is why women experience brown discharges instead of periods.
So,you should be getting your normal bleed soon.

Best wishes,

Dr.Nannika Pradhan
Answered: Wed, 27 Mar 2013
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