Women's Health. The release of brown discharge is often caused by a small amount of old blood mixing with your normal vaginal discharge. This creates a brown tinge.
You may see this color throughout your cycleusually around the time of menstruation. When blood takes extra time to exit the body from the uterus, it oxidizes. This can cause it to appear light or dark brown in color.
Finding brown discharge on your underwear or when you wipe can be disconcerting. But the good news is that brown discharge is simply old blood. Fresh blood has a bright red color.
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Although healthy vaginal discharge comes in a variety of colors, changes are usually a sign that something totally normal is going on inside. Fortunately, in the vast majority of cases some brown discharge is nothing to be worried about. It's hard at this stage to distinguish whether physical symptoms like bloating, breast swelling and acne are caused by pregnancy or premenstrual syndrome.
Before ovulation the release of the eggthere is a lot of mucous produced, up to 30 times more than after ovulation. It is also more watery and elastic during that phase of your cycle. You may want to wear panty liners during that time.
We spoke with experts to find out. During your menstrual cyclethe lining of your uterus grows and thickens to support a possible pregnancy. If a fertilized egg latches onto that plush uterine lining, it can begin to receive the nutrients it needs to grow.
Vaginal discharge is normal, and will vary throughout your menstrual cycle. Abnormal vaginal discharge differs in color, consistency, smell or quantity compared to your usual discharge. Abnormal vaginal discharge may be a symptom of a bacterial imbalance, an infection or an STI, or in rare cases, cervical cancer.
Most causes of abnormal vaginal discharge — such as yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis or menopause symptoms — are relatively harmless, but they can be uncomfortable. Abnormal vaginal discharge can also be a symptom of certain sexually transmitted infections STIs. Since these can spread to involve the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, and can be passed on to sexual partners, detection and treatment of STIs is important.