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Brown spotting after period

Brown spotting after period could follow normal menstrual flow – actually it is women body’s way of cleaning out the vagina and shedding old blood.

Discharge that is dark brown or discolored is a common condition after menstrual period and should not raise concern if no other symptoms are present. Many women experience not intensive brown spotting during last 1-2 days of normal menstrual periods.

There are many women who regularly ask the question if this type of vaginal spotting should be reported to gynecologist or should be just ignored. According to medical experts, in most cases brown spotting after period could be considered as normal uterine “cleaning”. There are chances that a perfectly healthy woman can also experience brown spotting before, during and after period.

Brown spotting after period is not always a cause of concern or warning sign of any critical condition but it is useful to know all possible causes for brown spotting after period.

Brown spotting after late period

Late period can lead to brown spotting during and after period – in most cases it is related. with the endometrial tissues (lining of the uterus which gives way to the menstrual bleeding during every period). Remains of the old endometrial tissues can lead to brown spotting – kind of cleaning process of the uterus by letting out the older tissues for newer ones.

Brown spotting after 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 spotting before and/or after period.

Combination of severe painful menstrual periods, brown spotting before and/or after period and infertility could be considered as a symptom of endometriosis.

Brown spotting after period caused by “trauma” or inflammation in reproductive organs

Brown spotting after period can be a symptom of erosion, polyps and/or injury to the surface of the uterus and/or cervix (after sex, surgical procedures, vaginal exams, etc.).

Brown spotting after period

Brown spotting after period caused by infections

Sometimes the brown spotting 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 the reproductive system could cause brown spotting after period:

  • Bacterial Infection,
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs),
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID),
  • Vaginosis.

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