Are you worried that you have noticed brown discharge before or just after your period and do not know what it is due to? Do not worry.
This brown vaginal discharge can occur at different stages of the menstrual cycle and is normal in most cases. They usually mark the end of your period, but many other not always reassuring reasons can explain their appearance.
Brown losses: what is it?
Brown discharge is simply aged blood that is expelled through your vaginal tract. Their brown and sometimes brownish appearance is due to the presence of blood which has remained in the uterine cavity and which is not evacuated until late by the vagina.
This brown discharge can appear at different times during your menstrual cycle. Very often before and after menstruation, but also near ovulation in women not using contraception.
The cause of brown losses
Brown or brown vaginal discharge can have different explanations depending on whether it occurs before and after your period, but also when you are on contraception or not.
Brown losses after menstruation
The brown discharge that occurs right after your period marks the end of your period. In this case, it is the residue of blood that has remained in your uterine cavity and which is evacuated a little late by the vagina.
They are most often a brown or darker color due to oxidation and aging of the blood. Benign in most cases, this brown discharge reflects the self-grooming process performed by your vagina.
Brown losses before menstruation
You can also have brown losses during your cycle, before your period arrives. Very often at the approach and during the ovulation phase. In this specific case, it is white discharge (leucorrhoea) mixed with traces of old blood that has stayed in your vagina. This discharge is benign and should not be of concern to you.
When should you worry about it?
Although harmless, brown losses can in some cases be the manifestation of an underlying problem. A vaginal infection (vaginosis or yeast infection, etc.) for example, inflammation of the cervix or any other gynecological condition.
When you have brown discharge that is smelly, painful or lasts longer, this is not normal and should prompt you to see your gynecologist.
The same is true if your chestnut loss occurs during your pregnancy. They can reflect a potential miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy.