Causes of brownish vaginal discharge during periods

Brown colored spotting between periods is a very common problem that a lot of women suffer from. Usually this kind of spotting occurs a few days prior to having the normal period. This brown blood is usually the last of the menstrual blood that is forced out of the uterus. This brownish blood is the old blood that is still left in the uterus.

There could be other factors involved. Fortunately, most of them are harmless and there is not much to worry about. The condition could become serious if treatment is not given at the right time. If you have not had a normal period in some time, then it is time to pay your gynecologist a visit.

This spotting could be irregular or continuous depending on the condition. The first thing to do is to check whether you are pregnant. There is usually mild spotting when you are pregnant. You can either take a pregnancy test at the hospital or using a home testing kit. The test kits are simple to use and are easily available in the market. If you are pregnant, the doctor will guide you through everything else. If the pregnancy test is negative, this spotting could be caused by an infection. Ovarian cysts are often associated with such brown spotting. A physical examination and ultrasound can help to detect such cysts. These cysts are quite common and can occur in various sizes. The larger these cysts, the more problems there can be. Usually, these are harmless; however, in some cases they can cause bleeding, brown colored spotting, and pain.

In a very rare case, these cysts might turn out to be cancerous and could cause a lot of trouble. Therefore, it is all the more necessary that you get it checked by a qualified medical practitioner who can run some tests and find out what the real problem is. Cancer needs to be detected in time otherwise it becomes untreatable.

Asherman's syndrome, which causes a scarring of the cavity of the uterus, could also be behind this brown spotting. This scarring is usually found at the base of the endometrial layer. Not only does this syndrome cause irregularity in periods, it can cause the menstrual cycles to stop altogether. Asherman's syndrome is usually caused by a dilation and curettage procedure. Whatever the problem is, it is best shown to a doctor to get a proper diagnosis and treatment.

answered by G M

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