Is It Normal to Get Brown Blood?

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Brown blood among women are most commonly normal, but it some cases, it wasn't / Photo by: Sakorn Singsuwan via 123rf


The menstrual cycle is a normal part of women’s lives, but it is far from being simply a monthly inconvenience. While the menstrual period is our body’s way of shedding the uterine lining after every menstrual cycle wherein no fertilization took place, it can also be indicative of our health. It’s important to pay attention to your menstrual period and to look for signs that can point to potential health problems, like brown blood.


What are the causes of brown blood?

There are many possible causes of brown blood. It’s actually a common occurrence that is often not a cause for concern, like when you get brown blood after your menstruation.

But it can also be caused by underlying medical conditions like menopause, pregnancy, injuries, or diseases.

In some cases, brown blood may be pointing to a more severe cause. This would often be accompanied by other symptoms like abdominal cramping long after your period, fatigue, poor blood circulation, pain when urinating, or a foul-smelling discharge.


There are various reasons why women produces brown blood / Photo Credit via Wikimedia Commons


Getting brown blood before menstruation

Getting brown blood during your menstruation is normal in most cases. This happens because the color and consistency of your menstrual blood can change throughout the cycle.

It’s more common towards the end of the menstrual cycle when the shed uterine lining’s typical red blood is older and discolored. It can also be caused by old endometrial tissue that didn’t pass during your last period, which is why it passes as a brown blood or discharge.

In some cases, bleeding can occur between periods so you can get brown blood before menstruation. This can be caused by certain types of birth control, which is normal, but it’s probably still safer to see your doctor to rule out potentially dangerous causes.

In rare cases, it may also be caused by cancer. If you have cancer in the reproductive organs, you may experience bleeding between periods.

These can include uterine cancer, cervical cancer, or ovarian cancer. You should be aware of other warning signs to help you figure out if you should be worried about getting brownish blood before menstruation. For cervical or ovarian cancer, warning signs may include pelvic pain, frequent peeing, appetite loss, and constant fatigue.


Brown blood or discharge may indicate something normal or something risky / Photo by: Andriy Popov via 123rf


Getting brown blood after menstruation

It’s also normal to get brown blood after menstruation. It might just be because your body is getting rid of the old endometrial tissue that couldn’t pass during your menstruation. By now, the blood has aged and turned brown.

However, brown blood after menstruation can also be caused by hormonal fluctuations, severe yeast infections, and diseases like cervical cancer or bacterial vaginosis. It’s important to be on the lookout for other symptoms and to consult your doctor to rule out any serious problems.


Having brown blood every after period may feel uncomfortable but its normal for most women / Photo by: Kaspars Grinvalds via 123rf


Getting brown blood during the early stage of pregnancy

It’s also normal to get brown blood during the early stage of pregnancy. After ovulation, when the fertilized egg is embedded into the uterine wall, a woman may experience some bleeding. This is called implantation bleeding.

Implantation bleeding typically appears as a bright red blood spotting, but it can also be brown.

While getting brown blood spotting or discharge during the early stage of pregnancy is normal, it may be pointing to something more serious if experienced on any other stage of pregnancy.


Brown spotting is one obvious sign of early pregnancy / Photo Credit via Maxpixel


Getting brown blood during pregnancy

If you’re no longer on the early stage of pregnancy and you notice brown blood, it may be wise to see your doctor to make sure it’s not caused by something serious.

Also, take note of other symptoms you may have that may be pointing to symptoms of a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy, which can include abdominal pain or cramps, shoulder pain, dizziness, weakness, faintness, lightheadedness, and the absence of pregnancy symptoms.

It can also be caused by substances that you shouldn’t use while pregnant, like cigarettes, alcohol, and other drugs that can cause miscarriages.


Women may experience also brown blood discharge during their pregnancy / Photo Credit via Flickr


What are the other indications of brown blood?

Brown blood can also be caused by perimenopause, a stage that women experience before menopause. Brown blood or discharge is normal during perimenopause as long as no other abnormal symptoms accompany it.

After 12 months, the menopause officially begins. At this point, you shouldn’t experience any more brown blood or discharge, but it’s not usually caused by something serious even if you do.

It’s still wise to visit your doctor, however, as it can also be caused by serious medical conditions like atrophic vaginitis, non-cancerous cervical polyps, and even cancer.

In other cases, brown blood or discharge can also be caused by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), yeast infection, sexually transmitted infection (STI) like gonorrhea or chlamydia, inflammatory conditions like cervicitis or vaginitis, and cervical cancer.


Occasional brown blood spotting should be one of every women's concern / Photo Credit via Pixabay