Black vaginal discharge after period could follow normal menstrual flow. It could be just women body’s way of cleaning out the vagina and shedding old uterine blood.
Vaginal discharge that is dark or even black or discolored is a common condition and should not raise concern if no other symptoms are present.
During several surveys it was noted that thousands of women experience regularly black vaginal discharge after period. In most cases it could be considered as normal. Perfectly healthy woman can also experience black vaginal discharge before, during and after period.
Black vaginal discharge after period is not always a cause of concern or warning sign of any critical health condition but it is useful to know all possible causes which can trigger black vaginal discharge after period.
Black vaginal discharge after late period
During reproductive period of life (from 16 to 45) almost all women experience late period triggered by several factors such as stress, hormonal disturbances, depression, travel, etc. Late period can lead to black vaginal discharge during and after period – in most cases it is related to the endometrial tissues (shedding of old endometrial lining). Remains of the old endometrial tissues can lead to black vaginal discharge – kind of cleaning process of the uterus by letting out the older tissues for newer ones.
Black vaginal discharge after period caused by endometriosis
Black vaginal discharge after period
Endometriosis is pretty common disease among women – it is the growth of endometrial cells (similar to those that form the inside lining of the uterus) in unusual locations outside of the uterus. Endometrial cells are the same cells that are shed each month during menstruation. These cells of endometriosis attach themselves to tissue outside the uterus and are called endometriosis implants.
These implants are most commonly found on ovaries, Fallopian tubes, outer surfaces of the uterus or intestines and on the surface lining of pelvic cavity. They can also be found in vagina, cervix, on bladder, although less commonly than other locations in the pelvis.
Endometriosis of vagina and cervix can be a reason for black vaginal discharge before and/or after period.
Black vaginal discharge after period caused by local vaginal diseases
Vaginal is important part of reproductive system – it is a canal that joins the cervix (the lower part of uterus) to the outside of the body. As vagina is open part of reproductive system, it can be infected or damaged more often (especially in cases of multiple partners). There are several vaginal diseases which can cause black vaginal discharge – erosion, polyps, vaginitis, cervicitis and local trauma.
Black vaginal discharge after period caused by infections
In many cases black vaginal discharge after period could be caused by something more serious than just the sloughing off of the previous endometrial lining. Some vaginal infections and infections of reproductive system could cause black vaginal discharge after period:
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Disclaimer: It is strongly recommended to consult your doctor for professional advice. Above mentioned information and recommendations are just general and should be adapted to each person according to personal health indicators and status.