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Brown discharge is nothing more than continued bleeding that is very light. As the blood comes into contact with oxygen, it becomes oxidized and turns brown.
Many times there is a relative decrease in progesterone in relation to estrogen that begins in the years prior to menopause, this is called the perimenopause. This leads to a destabliization of the uterine lining and a more dysfunctional menstrual cycle.
Spotting before and after a period is common. Other serious causes could be an abnormal pap (cervical dysplasia or cancer), a polyp, or infection such as std.
Likely nothing to worry about, but its a good idea to have a pap if you are due/overdue, an exam, and std screen if needed. In addition women over 40 should be screened every few years for thyroid disease.
No, its very unlikely then to be a cervical problem or a result of a pap that is not normal. You are safe there.
This discharge is then likely minor bleeding due to hormonal imbalance as described above. Pregnancy also is always a possibility, have you considered that?
If it is brown, its already in the process of ending
No I dont think so, you have had a recent exam, likely due to hormonal dysfunction in this cycle
Very unlikely, you just had a normal pap
And multiple normals before that
If if happens again, that would be the time to schedule an appt with your gyn.