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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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What causes brown vaginal discharge with metallic odor while on iron supplements?

I ve had brown discharge that is metallic smelling ever since i took 2 iron tablets last week that are 25 mg altogether for my low iron levels. It s happened before but stopped after a few weeks from the first time I took the pills. However I had stopped taking them for a week and when I took them again the discharge occured again. I stopped the pills the day after but the discharge still occurs and its been almost a week since I stopped.
Thu, 1 Mar 2018
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The brown discharge with metallic odor is due to the iron supplement you are taking. If no other symptom, it won't be a problem. You can stop taking an iron supplement for at least one week to see if anything changes with your discharge.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Dr. Albana Sejdini
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