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.
In addition, brown discharge is also common after intimate contact or due to irritation of the walls of the vagina, especially during menstruation or pregnancy. This change may indicate, among other possibilities, ectopic pregnancy, for example. Some of the possible causes of brown vaginal discharge include irritation of the cervix, pelvic inflammatory disease, or ovarian cyst.
Just when you think your period is done, you wipe and find brown discharge. As frustrating — and possibly alarming — as it can be, brown discharge after your period is pretty normal. Brown discharge after a period is usually old or dried blood that was slow to leave your uterus.
Pregnancy brings many changes with it — some pleasant, and others concerning, to say the least. In fact, changes in color, texture, or volume of vaginal discharge are often the first signs that a woman is carrying a child. While changes in vaginal discharge can indicate an infection or a complication with the pregnancy — brown discharge can simply be a result of the pregnancy itself.
Discharge helps your vaginal tissues stay healthy, provides lubrication, and keeps your vagina clean, according to the Mayo Clinic. But seeing an unexpected color of vaginal discharge may give you pause which is the more low-key way of saying it might totally freak you out. Here are the different colors your vaginal discharge can be and why.
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.
Clue is on a mission to help you understand your body, periods, ovulation, and so much more. Start tracking today. Vaginal discharge is normal, and will vary throughout your menstrual cycle.