Most women confess that menstrual period is the most unpleasant period of the month (smelly, uncomfortable, painful, depressing, etc.). Though, most of the women can hardly bear those 4 – 5 days of the period, there are some women who also have additional problems with brown discharge before period which can be a really frustrating situation.
When a women notice brown discharge before period, they would be worried and would usually think of something abnormal/dangerous happening to their body.
But in reality not all types of brown discharge before period are considered to be causes of concern for women – sometimes brown discharge before period can be absolutely normal. However, there are cases when brown discharge before period may be caused by some pathological alterations in women reproductive system.
BROWN DISCHARGE before period – possible causes
Brown Discharge before period connected to menstrual bleeding
In general the menstrual flow consists of several layers, which include old blood, endometrial lining, nutrients, tissue remains, etc. All these layers are discharged together as menstrual bleeding/menstrual flow. Sometimes only the layer of nutrients may be discharged before the actual menstruation – this is causing the brown discharge before period.
Incidents in a menstrual cycle may happen that the endometrial cells are not entirely expelled – “old” endometrial cells can leave uterus during next period and usually appear as brown discharge before period. If the cause of the discharge is the endometrial cells turning from red to brown due to the delayed elimination, there would be no reason to worry.
Brown discharge before period
Brown Discharge before period caused by polyps
Often polyps of the uterus and/or cervical polyps can be responsible for brown discharge before period. Polyps are the groups of cells that have grown abnormally inside the uterus (mainly because of hormonal dysfunctions). Cells of polyps can bleed very slowly before period and the brown vaginal discharge before period could be a result of the bleeding from polyps.
Brown Discharge before period caused by birth control pills
It is well known that birth control pills interfere with the female hormones and change normal menstrual hormonal cycle in women bodies. Birth control pills insure the contraceptive effect by changing the levels of the hormones involved in menstruation and pregnancy. Changed hormonal levels sometimes can cause brown vaginal discharge before period. At the same time, if you miss your pills and fail to take the pills regularly every time at the same time, then you could have unpleasant brown vaginal discharge before period.
Brown Discharge before period caused by implantation (implantation bleeding)
Implantation bleeding and/or implantation brown spotting is an early symptom of pregnancy. It is an indication that the fetus has implanted itself in the uterine endometrial lining. While the fetus burrows itself inside the uterine lining, it leads to rupture of the lining. Actually the implantation process always accompanied with light endometrial bleeding – this causes implantation spotting which is either pink or brown in color. In most cases the implantation spotting is very light and occurs for about 2-3 days and it appeared after 6-12 days after ovulation and/or a week prior to expected period.
Brown Discharge before period caused by infections (STDs or other infections)
There are several sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) which can provoke brown discharge before period – Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Genital Warts (HPV). Vulvovaginitis and Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases (PID) can also be responsible for brown vaginal discharge before period.
If above mentioned infections are responsible for brown discharge before period, it is more likely that women would experience symptoms like rashes and burning sensations (for genital warts), vomiting (for Chlamydia), lesions of the mouth, pelvic pain (for Gonorrhea), painful urination, pain in the lower abdominal area, and loss of appetite.
Brown Discharge before period caused by endometriosis
Endometriosis is the growth of cells similar to those that form the inside of the uterus (endometrial cells), but in a location outside of the uterus. Endometrial cells are the same cells that are shed each month during menstruation. The cells of endometriosis attach themselves to tissue outside the uterus and are called endometriosis implants.
These implants are most commonly found on the ovaries, the Fallopian tubes, outer surfaces of the uterus or intestines, and on the surface lining of the pelvic cavity. They can also be found in the vagina, cervix, and bladder, although less commonly than other locations in the pelvis.
Endometriosis of vagina and/or cervix can be a reason for brown vaginal discharge before and/or after period.
Many women confess that menstrual period is unpleasant period of month (messy, smelly, uncomfortable and painful). Menstrual flow consists of expelled internal uterine lining, blood, nutrients and dead tissue remains.…
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.