Brown Discharge After Sex: Causes, Reasons, Treatment

Brown discharge after sex can be a result of rough dry intercourse that may cause friction and hurt the soft vaginal walls causing them to bleed. When this blood mixes with your normal vaginal discharge that is released to lubricate the vaginal walls during sex, it gives it the brown tint. This can also look like a light brown spotting after sex. However, smelly dark brown vaginal discharge after sexual intercourse could be a sign of STD infection known as gonorrhea

This discharge is common among women who tend to produce less fluids as required during sex or when you have intercourse without enough fore play to make you ready. It is important to let your partner know that you are not ready. Having sex when the vaginal walls are dry puts you at risk of having several infections and sores on the delicate vaginal walls

Brown discharge after sex, dark. light brown, causes

Brown discharge after sex, dark. light brown, causes

“Normal vaginal discharge is usual clear and egg white, creamy or cloudy in color. Any other color is not considered abnormal. However, some discharge like brown discharge is considered normal if is caused by remnant of blood in the uterus that comes out later or trauma on the walls of the vagina”.

Causes of Brown Vaginal Discharge After Sex

Brown vaginal discharge after intercourse can be scary and embarrassing especially if your partner gets to see it. You may be worried that you have a health issue. In most cases brown discharge after sex is caused by rough and dry sex which cause trauma to the walls of your vagina.

Apart from trauma to the walls of the vagina, there are other factors that cause brown discharge. It may be a coincidence that the brown discharges flow out after sex when it is actually caused by other factor.

This is why it is important to visit your doctor for proper diagnosis instead of assuming that the discharge is just caused by trauma .Discharge that is accompanied by a fouls smell is as sign of infection or diseases that needs treatment. The following are other related causes of brown discharge after sex;


Women who are almost hitting menopause are in a stage known as premenopause . The word pre means before, therefore this means just before menopause. It is normal to experience brown discharge after sex or even without sex when you are in the perimenopause stage. If this discharge has a foul smell then there is more than meets the eye. You should visit a gynaecologist.

Late Period

When your period is late and you engage in sexual intercourse then may you begin to spot after that .You discharge will be stained with oxidised blood making it look brown? This can be very confusing, but if your period comes after a few hours then you should not be worried.

You may be pregnant but you are not aware yet. Then you notice brown discharge after sex that is from Implantation bleeding. This bleeding occurs after conception when a fertilized ovum moves to the uterus and attaches itself to the uterine lining and makes the lining bleed. If you are suspecting that you could be pregnant then you need to take a pregnancy test in order to confirm your status.


Stress interferes with your normal body function and even lowers your immune system. This way you can easily catch an infection. Stress may also cause spotting which may appear with your discharge after you have sex. You need to learn how to handle your emotions. Try to work out or take up yoga classes. If you cannot afford the classes then you can get videos on YouTube and practise at home.

Hormonal Imbalance

Hormones are responsible for normal body function. When the levels of hormones progesterone and estrogen fall out of place then your menstrual cycle gets distorted and you may begin to spot before your period. If this happens after sex you may think the sex has something to do with but ideally it’s your hormones raging. Hormonal imbalance is caused by stress or hormonal birth control methods.

Damaged Reproductive Organ

Brown discharge after sex maybe caused by bruising your cervix or uterus during genealogical procedures.

Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial Vaginosis is a bacterial infection caused by overgrowth of bad bacteria in the vagina due to poor hygiene. When the immune system is weakened bacteria attacks the vagina. Antibiotics   can be used to treat this infection but ensure you only take drugs that have been [prescribed by your doctor. Since it is a bacterial infection it can be treated by antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor.

It is characterised by symptoms like; Brown discharge after sex and fishy order from the vagina that gets worse after sexual intercourse

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Pelvic inflammatory diseases are caused by sexually transmitted diseases which make the pelvic become inflamed. It is a symptom of most sexually transmitted disease. If you have this condition then you will experience pain during sex and in some cases you will observe brown discharge that has got a foul smell. You should visit your doctor for proper diagnosis.


Endometriosis is a very painful disorder whereby tissues that lines the inside of your uterus (the endometrium) happen to grows outside your uterus. It affects ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining the pelvis. These displaced abnormal cells and tissues will continue to thicken. You may prick them during sex and make them bleed hence after sex. This taints your discharge and makes it look like brown discharge.

Cervical Cancer

Brown discharge after sex is one of the major sign or symptom of cervical cancer. You should not ignore such red flags. You need to get examined by a professional doctor in order to eliminate the chances of having cancerous cells growing in your cervix.


Cervicitis is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the cervix. It is also a symptom of sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia, genital herpes or gonorrhoea. It is characterized by symptoms like; abdominal pain, brown vaginal discharge after sex and lower abdominal pain


Polyps are cells that have abnormal growth in the uterus or cervix. They are caused by hormonal imbalance. When they bleed after you have sex then you will experience brown discharge.

STD Brown Discharge After Sex: Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Some of these diseases influence the production of brown vaginal discharge .This discharge may occur coincidentally after sex.

According to Mayo Clinic,” Abnormal vaginal discharge can also be a symptom of certain sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Since these can spread to involve the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, and can be passed on to sexual partners, detection and treatment of STIs is important.”

Here is a list of sexually transmitted that are likely to cause brown discharge after sex and their related symptoms

1. Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a pathogen known as Trichomonas vaginalis. Its symptoms manifest after a month of infection.


  1. Brown frothy discharge before periods
  2. Swollen vulva
  3. Discomfort in the abdomen
  4. Pain while urinating
  5. Itchy brown vaginal discharge with a fishy smell

2. Chlamydia

Chlamydia is caused by a bacterium known as Chlamydia trachomatis .It is transmitted through having unprotected sex with an infected person.


  1. Brown vaginal discharge after sex with mucus or pus like fluid smell
  2. Brown discharge with irritating odor
  3. Pain during sexual intercourse
  4. Infertility
  5. Inflammation of the labia
  6. Pelvic Inflammation disease
  7. Eye infection like conjunctivitis
  8. Fever
  9. Frequent urges to urinate
  10. Burning sensation or pain while urinating.
  11. Abdominal and/or low back pain,
  12. Nausea

3. Gonorrhea

Gonorrhoea is sexually transmitted diseases caused by bacteria known as Neisseria gonorrhoeae or gonococcus .It is transmitted via engaging in unprotected sex, oral sex, anal sex or kissing with and infected person.


  1. Brown discharge after sex due to spotting between period
  2. Pimples in the mouth
  3. Pain during sexual intercourse
  4. Sore throat
  5. Fever
  6. Inflammation in the vulva or cervix
  7. Burning sensation while urinating
  8. Pelvic pain
  9. Frequent urge to urinate

Light Brown Smelly Discharge After Sex

Light brown discharge after intercourse that is caused by trauma, spotting, ovulation or implantation bleeding should not have any odor.  Light brown discharge after sex that is smelly is a symptom of sexually transmitted disease.

Light brown discharge after intercourse that is caused by trauma, spotting, ovulation or implantation bleeding should not have any odour. Light brown discharge after sex that is smelly is a symptom of sexually transmitted disease.

Either Chlamydia or trichmoniasis causes yellowish brown (light brown) discharge after sex. The signs and symptoms of chlamydia and trichomoniasis have been discussed in details above. These are diseases are treatable. You need to seek treatment immediately.

Dark Brown Discharge After Sex

It is not common to observe this type of discharge after sex. Dark brown vaginal discharge after sex is an indication of blood that has been exposed to air and has turned to a darker shade. This blood can be caused by trauma to the cervix and the walls of the vagina.

It may also be a sign of pregnancy, also known as implantation bleeding. If you have cervicitis or cervical polyps and any other of inflammation then when they bleed after sex you will observe dark brown discharge after sex. Sexually transmitted diseases also cause this kind of spotting or discharge. Most of these causes have been discussed in details above. You can refer to the subtopic on causes.

Light Spotting After Sex, Meaning Causes

Light spotting after sex is what causes brown discharge .Blood that comes out of the vagina stains your vaginal discharge. Causes of spotting that colours normal vagina discharge have been discussed above. Trauma to the walls of the vagina, polyps or cervical inflammation is the major causes of spotting after sex.However all the causes discussed above may apply. This is why it important to get checked by a doctor. Some of these or conditions lead to serious problems; like infertility or blindness in the future.

Brown Discharge After Sex During Pregnancy

Brown discharge after sex while pregnant may mean trauma to the vaginal walls. It may also be as a result of sexually transmitted diseases or hormonal imbalance. The levels of hormones increase during pregnancy. Most the causes that we discussed above can still affect a pregnant woman and coincide with the time that a pregnant woman has had sex.

But if the amount of blood increases and bleeding does not stop then you need to visit a gynecologist because excessive bleeding maybe a sign of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.

When to see a doctor

Having a brown vaginal discharge after sex that has got no odour should not worry you much. You can use simple home remedies to get rid of brown discharge with time.

However if you notice brown discharge after sex that has got an unusual consistency and also produces a foul smell then you need to consult your gynecologist. This is a sign of a serous underlying health issue. Other symptoms like burning sensation while urinating and pain during sex are red flags to watch out for.

According to NHS, “Treatment will depend on what’s causing your symptoms, but often involves a short course of medication

Light brown spotting after sex. could i be pregnant

Light brown spotting after sex. could i be pregnant

 How to Get Rid of Brown Discharge After Sex

Brown discharge can be caused by trauma on the vaginal wall and this does not any medication. Home remedies can be used to hasten the healing process. But if you have an infection then these remedies will supplement the treatment that will be recommended to you by your doctor. Consult your doctor on which remedy to use if you are taking medication.

Natural Yogurt

Natural yogurt is ideal fighting vaginal infection. It is rich in good bacteria called lactobacillus that maintain the acidic pH level of the vagina and boost your immune system in the process. Do not use yoghurt if you are allergic to dairy products.


  1. Natural yoghurt
  2. Honey
  3. Cotton ball
  4. Clean water
  5. Clean piece of cloth

How to use

  1. Soak a cotton ball in natural yoghurt
  2. Apply the yoghurt directly to your vagina using the soaked cotton ball by squeezing it so that the yoghurt spreads in the vagina
  3. Let the yoghurt stay in the vagina for a few minutes
  4. Pat the region around the vagina dry with a clean piece of cloth
  5. Wash it off with plenty of water and dry your vagina .Moisture encourages yeast infection.
  6. Repeat this three time a day
  7. Mix a cup of natural yoghurt with 3 table spoons of honey to sweeten
  8. Drink the yoghurt regularly , at least once a day

Fenugreek seeds

Fenugreek seeds are able to mimic properties of estrogen hence solves problem of hormonal imbalance. They also balance the pH level of the vagina hence allow for existence of good bacteria that prevent overgrowth of fungus or bad bacteria.

They boost the immune since they are antioxidants. You should be warned that fenugreek seeds have got side effects such as bloating, nausea, stomach upset, and diarrhoea and hives .Avoid these seeds if you are pregnant.

What you need

  1. Fenugreek seeds
  2. Clean water
  3. Sieve
  4. Honey

What to do

  1. Soak a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in water overnight
  2. Eat the soaked seeds in the morning in an empty stomach
  3. Alternatively
  4. Add a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds to half a liter of water
  5. Boil the seeds for 5 minutes
  6. Sieve the juice to separate the seeds
  7. Add honey to sweeten the juice
  8. Drink the juice on an empty stomach in the morning.
  9. Use the juice to wash your vagina.


Garlic has got an antibacterial property that means it can kill bacteria that cause infections that may cause brown discharge after sex.

What you need

  1. Garlic cloves
  2. A Pestle & a mortar
  3. A Knife
  4. Clean water
  5. Honey

What to do

  1. Peel off the back cover of garlic cloves
  2. Cut it into a size that you can swallow with a glass of water in the morning on an empty stomach
  3. If you are not comfortable with swallowing it then dice them into cubes using a knife
  4. Place them in the mortar
  5. Pound with a pestle to form a paste
  6. Boil the garlic paste in water
  7. Add honey to sweeten and drink the juice
  8. It is also advisable to include garlic in your diet by adding the paste it in your food
  9. You can also insert a clove of garlic in your vagina and let it stay in there few hours and then get it out and rinse your vagina.
  10. Ensure you dry your vagina after that.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar balances the natural pH balance of the vagina hence making the vagina conducive for good bacteria that prevent infection and boost the immune system. This vinegar is ideal for brown discharge that is accompanied by odour because it will get rid of the smell.


  1. Apple cider vinegar
  2. Clean water

How to use it

  1. Mix one part of apple cider vinegar and none part of  water
  2. Use mixture to wash your vagina twice a day for 3 days
  3. You may also mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a glass of drinking water and consume it once a day.
  4. Repeat this procedures until you notice a significant change

5. Neem

Neem has got antiseptic properties and hence gets rid of bacteria that cause infection and hasten the healing process. It also eliminates the bad odour that comes with the brown vaginal discharge.

What you need

  1. Neem
  2. Clean water
  3. Sieve
  4. Clean piece of cloth


  1. Boil a handful of neem leaves in two cup of water
  2. Strain and allow it to cool
  3. Use it to rinse your vagina once a day for 2 weeks
  4. Ensure you rinse your vagina with water after that and pat it dry with a clean piece of cloth.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is an anti-oxidant and it also has antiseptic properties. It fights bacterial infections and boost the immune system.


  1. Tea tree oil
  2. A clean piece of cloth
  3. Clean water
  4. Tampon

Preparation and use

  1. Mix tea tree oil with some water
  2. Use it to wash your vagina
  3. Let it settle for a few minutes
  4. Rinse it off using clean water
  5. Dry your vagina with a clean piece of cloth.
  6. Alternatively soak a tampon with the mild tea tree oil
  7. Insert the tampon into your vagina for an hour
  8. Take a bath after that
  9. Ensure your dry your body and vagina properly


Fig will detoxify your body and get rid of harmful toxins and waste from the body that interrupt normal bodily functions.

What you need

  1. Fig
  2. Clean water
  3. Sieve
  4. Honey

What to do

  1. Soak two to three fig barks in water overnight
  2. In the morning grind the figs and them to water and drink on an empty stomach .You can add honey to sweeten.
  3. You can also grin the fig barks together with bark of Bayan tree into fine powder and mix water
  4. Use the mixture to wash your vagina once a day.

Baking soda

Baking Soda helps in restoring the pH level of your vagina to a normal level if it was too acidic. Good bacteria thrive in the normal vaginal pH level and eliminate infections that cause brown discharge hence boosts your immune system. Just like apple cider vinegar, baking soda will also get rid of bad smell that comes out of the vagina when having brown discharge due to infection


  1. Baking soda
  2. Water
  3. A clean towel

What to do

  1. Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda to half a cup of water
  2. Stir the mixture
  3. Use this mixture to wash your vagina
  4. Let it settle for a few minutes
  5. Wash off the mixture using clean water
  6. Dry your vaginas using a clean towel since dampness encourage yeast infection.

Cranberry juice

Cranberry is a natural body detox. It has got acidic properties that create a good environment for the growth of good bacteria. It also has got anti-biotic, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant agents that help in fighting microorganisms that cause brown vaginal discharge after period.


  1. 1 liters of water
  2. 4 cups fresh cranberries
  3. 1-1/2 cups sugar
  4. 1/2 cup lemon juice
  5. 1/2 cup orange juice
  6. Sieve

How to make the juice

  1. Add 4 cups of cranberries to a liter of water
  2. Boil the cranberries in the water
  3. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes until the cranberries pop
  4. Sieve the juice using a fine strainer
  5. Let it cool or chill it in the refrigerator
  6. Drink the unsweetened cranberry juice 3 times a day for a week

Pomegranate Juice

Pomegranate juice has go medicinal properties that are capable of treating brown discharge. It can be used as an alternative for cranberry juice.


  1. Pomegranate seeds
  2. Clean water
  3. Pestle & mortar
  4. Sieve

How to make the juice

  1. Pound half a cup of pomegranate seeds using a pestle and a mortar
  2. You may also use a blender to grind the seeds
  3. Add water to the crushed seed and their juice
  4. Sieve off the seeds
  5. Drink two cups of this juice everyday


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Brown discharge 2 days after sex

Brown discharge that occurs immediately after sex is a clear indication of trauma to the walls of the vagina making them rapture and bleed. However, if the brown discharge occurs 2 days after sex, then the causes discussed above could be a possibility.

You need to look out for symptoms apart from the brown discharge in order to determine the cause. Better yet your doctor will diagnose you and recommend.




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