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Brown vaginal spotting

Оld blood usually looks brown and if you had brown vaginal spotting, it means your body is cleansing from old bloody tissue (remains of last menstruation or spotting from damaged internal vessels). Most often brown vaginal spotting is the indicator of old blood from endometrial tissues.

Brown vaginal spotting is normally just “old blood” that has been oxidized and left uterus and/or vagina late or later (not at the time of normal regular period).

During reproductive period almost all women experience brown vaginal spotting which could appear before or after period, during pregnancy, during contraception with birth control pills, during stress and/or late periods. But sometimes brown vaginal spotting could be a symptom of several hormonal dysfunctions and/or diseases and/or health conditions.

First time you can experience brown vaginal spotting during puberty – first period of female “hormonal storm”. Sometimes you can have few times brown vaginal spotting before your first period and sometimes your first period could look like brown vaginal spotting. It is a temporary situation and brown vaginal spotting will disappear once you start having normal regular menstrual periods.

If you had late menstrual period or irregular periods, you could experience brown spotting. It could also means that for whatever reason during your last menstrual period the entire uterine lining failed to make a timely exit and remains in the uterus for some time. Later during uterus contractions and normal “cleaning out” you can notice the brown vaginal spotting.

Healthy women could experience 1-2 days brown vaginal spotting just before and/or after normal regular periods, sometimes during ovulation (in the middle of menstrual cycle) and/or during early pregnancy (instead of expected period).

Brown vaginal spotting – causes

Brown vaginal spotting

Brown vaginal spotting

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
Typical common symptoms – history of pelvic infection; abdominal pain; possible high temperature; loss of appetite; infertility; pain during vaginal test and/or vaginal intercourse and brown spotting.

Genital warts (HPV)
Typical common symptoms – history of unprotected sex; vaginal lump; cauliflower-like mass; vaginal itching; rash on genitals and brown spotting.

Gonorrhea
Typical common symptoms – history of unprotected sex; pain; mouth lesions; feels hot to touch; yellowish brown vaginal discharge or spotting.

Chlamydia
Typical common symptoms – loss of appetite; weight loss; spotting from anus; vaginal discomfort; fertility problems (infertility) and brown vaginal discharge or spotting.

Vulvovaginitis (vaginal inflammation)
Typical common symptoms – pain in urethra; vaginal discomfort; yellow-brown discharge or spotting and vaginal dryness.

Menopause
Typical common symptoms – age after 45; pain in urethra; yellow vaginal spotting; vaginal dryness and sometimes brown spotting.

Hormonal dysfunctions
Typical common symptoms – vaginal bleeding between periods; obesity; irregular periods; weight change; brown spotting.

Endometriosis
Typical common symptoms – very painful periods; infertility and brown spotting before and after period.

Pregnancy
Typical common symptoms – missed period; pregnancy symptoms; history of unprotected sex; short (1-2days) brown spotting instead of period.

Missed pills
Typical common symptoms – birth control pills user; missed pills; unexpected brown spotting.

Stress
Typical common symptoms – chronic stress; irritation; sleeping problems; increased sensitivity and chaotic brown spotting.

Polyps and/or fibroids.
Typical common symptoms – identified polyps and/or fibroids; brown spotting (often after intercourse).

Intrauterine devices (IUDs)
Typical common symptoms – local infection or inflammation caused by the IUD;
Positive tests for vaginal infections; on-going brown spotting.

Cervical cancer
Typical common symptoms – unexpected weight loss; weakness; pain during intercourse; vaginal spotting; vaginal discomfort or pain and brown spotting.

Brown vaginal spotting – recommendations

  • Try to wear always cotton underwear,
  • Wear lose fitting undergarments,
  • Vaginal hygiene should be taken care properly – change sanitary products frequently,
  • Avoid douching which can increase risks of vaginal infections,
  • Follow healthy lifestyle (better nutrition, regular exercise and drinking more water).

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