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Brown discharge instead of period: how serious is this?

Brown discharge instead of period

Brown discharge instead of period often scares girls, forcing them to ask questions terrified and on forums anonymously or visit a doctor. However, such secretions are by themselves not a disease. They are either a symptom of disease or a consequence. However, it also happens that a brown discharge does not pose a danger to the woman’s life. Let’s go into details.

Brown discharge instead of period: what are the causes and what can one do?

There can be many main causes of dark discharge appearing before, during or immediately after a woman’s period. The most common are:

Stress. Brown secretions are often a means by which the body signals that it has suffered stress. Typically, such situations arise after strong nervous shock (exams, separation from a loved one, acclimatization, etc.), sudden weight loss or when leaving a wrong lifestyle (smoking, alcohol consumption, URTI, etc.). If, exams reveal there are no disorders in the reproductive system and the most likely cause of light secretions is stress, you are encouraged to review your day regimen. One should also try to get positive emotions (watch funny movies, meet friends, eat bananas, and finally, have plenty of rest and monitor your diet;

Inflammation. If your vaginal discharge appeared shortly after birth or after surgery, it may also indicate a possible development of infection. However, the appearance of dark discharge not related to surgeries and accompanied by fever, abdominal pain, dryness, itching and burning in the vagina, also indicates the presence of some kind of infection. In these cases, a gynecologist should be consulted;

Various diseases. Among a number of “female” diseases that manifest themselves through secretions of brown clots from the uterus include endometriosis, endometritis, ovarian cysts, and STDs (chlamydia, gonorrhea, etc.);

Hormonal contraceptives. Appearance of brown discharge is quite understandable if you recently started taking oral hormonal drugs, because it is through brown discharge that your body adapts to the drug. However, during the first three months, your menstrual cycle should return to normal, and if it does not, then visit your doctor for you may have to replace the contraceptive with another one. If you use an intrauterine device, then the brownish color should also not bother you because it is considered normal;

Pregnancy. The absence of a normal menstruation and the presence of spotting can indicate a pregnancy and implantation of the embryo. We recommend you go for a pregnancy test and then (in the case of a positive result) visit a gynecologist to rule out the possibility of ectopic pregnancy. However, even for a woman with uterine pregnancy, such secretions are, sometimes, not the best sign. They may indicate the detachment of the ovum from the uterine wall, which can be fraught with miscarriage. The doctor will also help you find out the exact causes. In such situations, ultrasound investigation is usually carried out and the patient sent for analysis to determine her hCG level;

Hormonal changes in the body. Unusual brownish discharge (sometimes with clots) may also appear both in new mothers breast-feeding their baby, and in women in menopause. The most likely cause is hypovaria (or shrinkage of the ovaries). However, this phenomenon is often temporary in young mothers and usually stops completely after the end of the lactation period. In middle-aged women, it indicates the onset of menopause and the gradual loss of fertility.

Brown discharge instead of period: when is it considered harmless?

Completely healthy women  also experience such secretions sometimes. It occurs in the following cases:

  • Just before the onset of a woman’s period (from some several hours to several days). In this situation, the brownish discharge is a precursor to the onset of menstruation;
  • In the middle of the menstrual cycle in women taking hormonal contraceptives (pills, hormone ring or plaster);
  • Right after a woman’s period. This case is also considered a norm because it is through this way that the last drops of blood are washed away from the uterus;
  • After defloration. In girls who have recently begun to be sexually active, brownish discharge may occur not only at the time of loss of virginity, but also during few more sexual intercourses;
  • After very rough sex or due to inadequate secretion of natural lubrication in the woman. The discharge is caused by small tears or other damage to the mucous membrane of the internal genitals. However, if you find a dark discharge on your underwear after each sexual intercourse, immediately see a gynecologist.

But still, for whatever reason that led to the appearance of brown discharge instead of period, we strongly recommend you see a doctor in order to confirm the diagnosis. Cheers!