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BROWN DISCHARGE instead of period

In some cases and special conditions women could experience brown discharge instead of normal regular periods. What is brown discharge instead of period and why women could have brown discharge instead of period?

In most cases brown discharge is just remains of delayed period. Actually the vaginal canal is a specific self-cleaning system. Each month it clears the particular thickened endometrium by the end of the menstrual cycle just in the event that there has been absolutely no fertilization of egg cell. Female body expels this kind of coating as menstrual flow – monthly periods. In case the whole lining is not really eliminated throughout menstruation, this resides within the uterus until the following month.

When women get late period or following period with old cellular lining actually removed together with other blood cellular material, they actually experience brown discharge instead of period. Brown discharge is normally just “old blood” that has been oxidized and left uterus and/or vagina late or later.

Brown discharge instead of period could be also the symptom of hormonal imbalance and/or hormonal dysfunctions which women could experience during Polycystic Ovarian Diseases (PCOS), Endometriosis, Ovarian Premature Failure, Hyperprolactinemia and sometimes during use of hormonal contraception including Birth Control Pills.

Sometimes brown discharge instead of period could be a symptom of several health conditions and/or diseases.


Brown discharge instead of period

Brown discharge instead of period

Implantation Bleeding

Brown discharge instead of period could be early signal of pregnancy – so called “implantation bleeding”. After the fertilization occurs the fertilized egg or zygote travels down the fallopian tube to the uterus – during this journey the cell division takes place and the zygote develops into an embryo. The embryo burrows into the uterine lining (so called “endometrium”) which results in brown discharge instead of period. You can easily tell implantation bleeding from a normal period, as it is far lighter than a normal period and does not last for more than a couple of days. Implantation bleeding occurs 6 to 12 days after fertilization. If you have been tracking your ovulation time, implantation bleeding should occur a week before your due period. This brown discharge instead of period could be an early signal/symptom of pregnancy.

Late Period

In many cases the brown discharge instead of period could happen during late periods – actually the female body expels “old” oxidized uterine lining as late menstrual flow. You may only get it for a couple of days after which you may have your normal period. Sometimes, you may get this discharge for a day or two, then nothing, followed by your normal period.

Birth control Pills

Birth control pills are most popular contraception pills used by girls and women in many countries. In many cases birth control pills are used not for contraception but also for treatment of acne, irregular menstrual cycles, ovarian cysts, etc.

Birth control pills are synthetic forms of the hormones progesterone and estrogen taken by women to prevent pregnancy. These hormones (progesterone and estrogen) work to inhibit the body’s natural cyclical hormones to prevent pregnancy. Pregnancy is prevented by a combination of factors. Birth control pills usually stop the body from releasing an egg from the ovary. The birth control pill prevents ovulation by maintaining more consistent hormone levels. Without a peak in estrogen, the ovary doesn’t get the signal to release an egg, which eliminates the possibility of fertilization and pregnancy. The hormones in the pills prevent pregnancy by suppressing your pituitary gland, which stops the development and release of the egg in the ovary (ovulation).They also change the cervical mucus to make it difficult for the sperm to find an egg. Birth control pills can also prevent pregnancy by making the lining of the womb inhospitable for implantation. The progestin component of pills helps to prevent the sperm from reaching the egg and changes the lining of the uterus.

As Birth Control Pills always suppress female hormones, they could be responsible for brown discharge instead of period (rare side effect – super-suppression by pills).

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a serious infection in the upper genital tract which called female reproductive organs (uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries). PID can be sexually transmitted or naturally occurring. In most cases PID is caused by a type of bacteria, often the same type that is responsible for several sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia. In some cases, PID develops from bacteria that have traveled through the vagina and the cervix by way of an intrauterine device (IUD.

PID can affect the uterus, fallopian tubes, and/or the ovaries. It can lead to pelvic adhesions and scar tissue that develops between internal organs, causing ongoing pelvic pain and the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy. PID could be a reason of brown discharge instead of period, infertility (untreated cases). In fact, PID is currently the leading cause of female infertility. If left untreated, PID can also lead to chronic infection and chronic brown discharge instead of period.

Perimenopause or menopause

Perimenopause is a naturally occurring transition period of women life which is happening before menopause – it is the time when your body begins its transition into menopause. Perimenopause is the stage of women’s reproductive life that begins several years before menopause, when the ovaries gradually begin to produce less estrogens. It usually starts in women’s 40s, but can start in women’s 30s.

Perimenopause is a transitional stage of 2-11 years before complete cessation of the menstrual period. Perimenopause develops when women’s reproductive system begins slowing down, resulting in decreased production of hormones (mainly estrogens and progesterone). Perimenopause is the interval in which women’s body makes a natural shift from regular menstrual cycles and regular monthly ovulations to irregular menstrual cycles, anovulation and natural permanent infertility.

In general, brown discharge instead of period is common symptom for starting perimenopause. In early perimenopause women could also experience menopause-like symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, sleep disruption, vaginal dryness, and a lot of confusion. Perimenopause symptoms including brown discharge occur as estrogen levels continue to drop leading up to menopause.


  1. Hello there I have been trying to conceive for 14 years now
    Last months cycle short light blood
    This month no period spotting 3 days before cycle due and no spotting brown I had tender breasts for 51/2 weeks easing off now please help

  2. i have had brown discharge for the past 2 months for 3-4 days. not a steady flow like a normal menstrual cycle and i have not had a normal menstrual cycle for 2 months.. not sure what to do about this… ?? any help would be great

  3. I am 37, and have a very brown discharge for a few days and no period. My periods are usually irregular, heavy but not much pain. I recently got a migraine combined with vomiting which has never happened before. I do get really hot at night and have a little trouble sleeping.

    • if you have irregular periods, it means you have hormonal dysfunctions – brown discharge could be kind of menstruation because of lack of estrogen BUT sometimes it could be a symptom of pregnancy. Hot at night = lack of estrogen – discover in –

  4. Hello..I have just turned 41 and have been ttc for just over a year. My periods are normally between 28-32 days but this month I had only a very small amount of brown discharge on days 35/36. No other fresh blood has appeared. My last period was 9 april. A pregnancy test showed negative. Should I be concerned its more serious? Or should I do another test?
    Many thanks.

  5. I’m 31 years old, haven’t had a period in 6-8 months. I have had brown discharge VERY lightly for 3 days. Should I be concerned?

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