Vaginal discharge is a fluid that contains dead bacteria and cells, various secretions from vagina and cervix – it is actually the result of vaginal self-cleansing (keeping vagina clean and infection-free). Usually vaginal discharge can be changed depending on the day of menstrual cycle, pregnancy, nutrition and use of birth control pills. During certain days of menstrual cycle before and after ovulation vaginal discharge tends to become slippery and clear in color. In many cases each specific vaginal discharge (colored, smelled, appeared on special days) could be a symptom of several diseases and health conditions. Mid cycle black vaginal discharge could be pretty stressful especially when it appeared first time. Repeated short mid cycle black vaginal discharge could mean ovulation but sometimes it could be a sign of other health conditions (coincided with ovulation days).
Experienced women know that dark vaginal discharge 1-2 days before and after normal menstrual period is normal. In general, dark or black vaginal discharge means old oxidized blood (could be remains from last menstruation) or old blood clots. When black vaginal discharge just happens to be old menstrual blood, then there is absolutely no reason for worry.
At the same time, mid cycle black vaginal discharge could mean few things.
Mid cycle black vaginal discharge – menstrual cycle
Mid cycle black vaginal discharge
Short-term black vaginal discharge after period can be considered as normal (final uterine cleaning after menstrual period). Similar black discharge before period also could appear.
Sometimes women could experience so called “retained menses” when menstrual blood gets trapped inside the uterus (becoming old oxidized black). It can happen when hymen fully or partially covers vaginal exit, making it impossible for the menstrual blood to leave.
According to health experts, about 15-20% of healthy women could experience mid cycle black vaginal discharge. Small amount of mid cycle black discharge called “ovulation bleeding” which occurs during release of mature egg from ovary (during ovulation). Mid cycle ovulation discharge usually appears 10-16 days after menstrual period or 10-14 days before next expected menstrual period. Ovulation discharge always linked to ovulation and can be explained by sudden rise and rapid drop of estrogen. During ovulation period level of estrogen rises and thus forces uterus to shed internal estrogen-sensitive lining which shows up as pinkish or black or brown spotting.
Mid cycle black vaginal discharge – cervical cancer
Sometimes during cervical cancer black vaginal discharge could be a symptom of cancerous transformations. In most cases early stages of cervical cancer will rarely show any symptoms. Black vaginal discharge with foul smell can be a symptom of cervical cancer. It can appear at any day of menstrual cycle.
Mid cycle black vaginal discharge – cervical stenosis
Cervical stenosis is a condition which is common among older women – it happens when cervix becomes too narrow. In these cases narrow cervix develops certain obstacles for flow of menstrual bleeding. As a result, women could experience black vaginal discharge instead of normal reddish menstrual bleeding. In most cases it can happen during expected menstrual period but not in the middle of menstrual cycle.
Mid cycle black vaginal discharge – miscarriage
During miscarriage most women experience heavy bleeding with clots. But during very early stages of threatened miscarriage, women could have brown of black vaginal discharge (when only small part of pregnancy is damaged).
Mid cycle black vaginal discharge – pelvic inflammatory disease
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a serious infection/inflammation of reproductive organs such as uterus, Fallopian tubes and ovaries. In most cases pelvic inflammatory diseases have been triggered by sexually transmitted infections (gonorrhea and Chlamydia) or other bacteria. Mentioned infections usually cause irritation and inflammation in uterus causing vaginal discharge (brown or black or greenish or yellowish) with foul odor. It could occur at any days of menstrual cycle and could be accompanied with fever, pelvic pain, painful sex and burning sensation during urination.
Mid cycle black vaginal discharge – foreign objects
Unfortunately some women forget to remove menstrual tampon or any other object from vagina. After certain period of time, forgotten vaginal objects could cause inflammation and black vaginal discharge with foul odor. It could happen at any day of menstrual cycle.
Mid cycle black vaginal discharge – implantation bleeding
Black vaginal discharge can also appear during early pregnancy which often coincides with implantation of fertilized egg when fertilized egg burrows into the uterine internal lining. During this process small vessels could be damages and cause black discharge or brown spotting. This type of discharge/spotting called “implantation bleeding”. Usually it occurs few days before expected menstrual period or instead of menstruation (not in the middle of menstrual cycle) – always 6-12 days after conception.
Ovulation is the important period of the menstrual cycle. Ovulation can be considered as one of indicators of women reproductive health. Ovulation is the indicator of normal cyclic hormonal production…
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.