Brown discharge after period means your vaginal secretion contains old blood in it. Usually your vaginal discharge should be of white or creamy color.
But It is not uncommon for women to have brownish discharge after menstruation is over.It could mean a serious medical condition or just a normal discharge you shouldn’t worry about.
The most common and normal reason is that your uterus is yet to finish shedding it’s lining during menstruation.
Brown spotting few days after period is over, usually means the vagina is cleaning out old blood that didn’t get out during your menstruation.
This discharge is usually a dark brown mucus or it could also be pinkish in color in some cases.
If you have brown bleeding or discharge several days after you have finished your period then it could also mean you need to see a doctor or that you are pregnant or you have a serious medical condition.
It is important to know that brown vaginal discharge could happen during period, before period and after period.
Let’s find out the possible reasons for this bloody discharges and what you need to do next.
One of the very common cases of dark brown blood after menstruation is your vagina cleaning out old blood from the uterus, cervix and vagina.
Not all the blood from your uterus lining (endometrium) is always expelled during menstruation. The retained residual blood could find it’s way out within 1-3 days after your period is over or during the next menstrual cycle
There is no cause for alarm if you notice this brown blood with no itching or smell immediately after your period is over.
Endometriosis is a serious medical condition that happens when the tissues of the uterus lining is found outside the uterus. In places like Pelvic area, fallopian tube, ovaries, lungs,liver.
One of the symptoms of Endometriosis is dark brown discharge before and after period.
If you have frequent dark brown discharges with cramps either before or after your period, you should see a doctor.
Other symptoms of endometriosis are Pelvic pain, painful periods, pain during sexual intercourse.
The main causes of Endo is not yet known and it is a difficult condition to diagnose.
If fertilisation occurs during ovulation.
Implantation bleeding or spotting is a light brown,light red or pink discharge that happens when the fertilised egg burrows through the uterus lining to attach itself.
It is important to note that not all women have this light or faint brown discharge as a early pregnancy sign.
Implantation spots is different from your period because it is lighter and pink or light brown in colour whereas your period is heavier and is bright red in color.
Implantation spots usually last for one or 2 days whereas period last between 2-7 days.
Implantation bleeding also occurs around a few days or a week before your period is due.
Ovulation spotting is the light bleeding that you get during ovulation. Ovulation is the release of a matured egg from the ovary in expectation that the egg gets fertilised by a sperm.
An increased level of the estrogen hormone triggers the most matured egg to erupt from the follicle inside the ovary.
One of the easiest and natural signs of ovulation is to watch out for ovulation spots or ovulation cramps. This happens around day 14 – day 16 if you have a 28 day cycle.
Not all women get these cramps and pinky spots during ovulation. Another reliable way to test for ovulation is to use an ovulation predictor kit.
Ovulation predictor kits test for an LH surge in your urine. Which when positive indicates that ovulation will take place within the next 24-48 hours.
Ovulation usually last for 72 hours and may or may not be accompanied by light pinky bleeding.
One of the causes of brown spotting is uterine fibroids. Uterine fibroids are benign tumours present in the uterus.
Uterine Polyps are tender red outgrowth from the lining of the womb.
The endometrial lining is shed during menstruation. After your menses the lining of the uterus grows back. Polyps are the areas of the uterine lining that over grow.
The symptoms of polyps are irregular menstrual bleeding and cramping. Bleeding can occur at anytime, before or after period.
PID is an infection of the female reproductive organs (the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries)
It is a sexually transmitted disease.
It is usually caused by the introduction of bacteria (gonorrhea, chlamydia) into the vagina, during intercourse.
The bacteria moves from the vagina into the cervix to cause cervicitis. The bacteria may then spread to other organs such as the fallopian tube and ovaries.
Symptoms of PID are: irregular vaginal bleeding with odor, smelly vaginal discharge, painful urination, painful intercourse.
You should see a medical doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
You could be pregnant if you had unprotected intercourse around ovulation. If you are pregnant you may spot at around a week to some few days to your period.
Most women do not spot during implantation. So it is ok to wait till you have a missed period to do a pregnancy test.
Blood discharge after period is very common. It could be watery or thick like mucus. This is normal and it is your body getting rid of the remaining of the uterus lining that didn’t shed during mensuration.
Vagina and uterus cleansing can go on for 2-3 days after your period has ended. You should be worried if it is accompanied by a foul smell or abdominal cramps or causes discomfort.
It is normal to have a blood discharge few days after period as a way of expelling all the thickened uterine lining.
Menstrual cycle varies in length usually between 22-35 days long.
If you experience light bleeding 10 days after period this may be a sign of pregnancy.Implantation bleeding happens 6-7 days past ovulation, when the fertilised egg attaches itself to the walls of the womb.
This could be ovulation spotting or Ovulation usually occurs around 12-16 days before your period starts. This varies from woman to woman and also on the length of your menstrual cycle.
Light brown watery discharge is normal as long as the discharge does not have a fishy smell or foul smell, It’s not itchy, you don’t have pain when peeing or during or after sex.
A smelly discharge is an indication of vagina infection. If the smell is fishy then you may have bacteria vaginosis. Bacteria vaginosis is caused by overgrowth of bad bacteria in the vagina. Consult you doctor for an examination is you have a smelly vagina discharge.
The cleaning out of old blood is a normal occurrence that the body does by itself.
You should be worried if you have an abnormal brown discharge that is itchy or smelly or excessive or stringy.
Do not douche unless it is recommended by your doctor.
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