Brown Vaginal Discharge In The Elderly?
My mother is 79 years old. Experiencing brown discharge and unpleasant odor from the genitals. Does this indicate uterine cancer or not?
Hello Tommy, thanks for your question
Brown vaginal discharge, either dark brown or light brown, is classified as abnormal vaginal discharge. Especially if the brown vaginal discharge is supported by an unpleasant odor or itching and burning around the genital area. Here are some of the possible causes of your mother's complaint:
vaginal atrophy - often occurs in menopausal women due to a lack of the hormone estrogen
uterine polyps - also accompanied by complaints of bleeding after intercourse
inflammation of the cervix (cervicitis) - often associated with sexually transmitted diseases, in particular gonorrhea and chlamydia, which in turn cause inflammation of the pelvis
cervical cancer - also accompanied by additional symptoms, such as lower abdominal pain, pain and bleeding after sexual intercourse, bleeding after menopause
Regarding the complaints experienced by your mother, it is best to have it checked by a gynecologist. The doctor will perform a pelvic exam and ultrasound, followed by a pap smear examination. After the underlying cause is known, then the doctor can determine the appropriate therapy.
Pap smear examination is one of the tests to detect the presence of cancer cells in the cervix that should have been done in women aged 21 years and over. Before undergoing this examination, here are some things that should be prepared:
abstain from sexual intercourse, at least 2 days before the examination procedure
stop using vaginal cleansers, including vaginal jelly or cream
Hope this information is useful