Brown discharge does not automatically indicate pregnancy, but if it occurs slightly before a regular menstrual cycle and there is a possibility of pregnancy, a pregnancy test should be taken, according to What to Expect. A brown discharge, called implantation bleeding, is a common occurrence 10 to 14 days after ovulation when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining.Continue Reading
If the brown discharge is caused by implantation bleeding, it is typically much shorter and lighter than a regular menstrual period, according to What to Expect. Implantation bleeding can be accompanied by light cramping. The blood is generally either brown or light red, and does not contain any clots. If a pregnancy test is negative and the woman is taking birth control pills, breakthrough bleeding can cause brown bleeding similar to implantation bleeding as the body adjusts to the hormones in the pills.
According to Healthline, in very rare cases, brown bleeding can signify an advanced stage of cervical cancer. Getting a regular pelvic exam and Pap smear helps to prevent undiagnosed cervical cancer from advancing to this stage.
Women with unexplained brown spotting should contact a doctor. While most causes of brown spotting do not indicate a serious problem, it is important to deal with health concerns promptly in the case of a larger problem.Learn more about Pregnancy
While the only fully reliable method of pregnancy detection is a blood test from a doctor, Mayo Clinic explains that early symptoms, such as nausea, increased urination, fatigue and strange food cravings, hint at a pregnancy while it's still too early for a test. These symptoms may vary from one woman to another but are generally present in the early stages of pregnancy.Full Answer >
According to Negative Pregnancy Test, two dark blue lines on an Accu-Clear pregnancy test mean that the woman who took the test is negative for pregnancy. There are two screens and the first line means the test is working. The second shows the test was negative.Full Answer >
A prenatal paternity test is a DNA testing that occurs during pregnancy to establish the paternity of an unborn child, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Options for this procedure include non-invasive prenatal paternity tests, amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling.Full Answer >
According to the American Pregnancy Association, a blood pregnancy test can detect pregnancy 7 to 12 days after conception occurs, while a urine pregnancy test can detect a pregnancy approximately two weeks after conception. For a blood pregnancy test, any HCG level greater than 25 milli-international units per milliliter is considered to be positive. The level of HCG required by a urine pregnancy test is anywhere from 25 to 100 milli-international units per milliliter.Full Answer >