When should a females menstrution cycle be considered Istihaza

Question ID: 24395

Assalamu alaikum
can you please help with the following scenario:
A woman is due for her period but is late. then she sees a slight brown discharge, takes it for her peiod, and stops reading salaah. This very little brown discharge (not enough to call it a flow) continues. She skips all her salaah for the next ten days at which point she knoiws she has to continue reading even though it hasnt stopped.
The slight brown discharge doesnt stop for the next 5 days, and then on the 5th day she starts bleeding. at this point this seems like her real period, since she feels the period symptoms.
But now, she already took the previous 10 days as her period and is now confused on what to do
in this case, what should she do?
and if you say that she should just make wudhu and continue reading her salaah, then does that mean she can continue having marital relations (becasue what if it is her real period and this is then harmful to her)
jazakallah for your assistance.

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Asked on November 14, 2011 2:17 pm
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When she experiences 'real' discharge with symptoms that is the periods and the rest before and after 10 days to be regarded as 'Istihaaza'

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Answered on November 14, 2011 2:17 pm