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Pink brown discharge

Pink brown discharge could be very confusing and it is pretty complicated to discover the clear cause of it.

First of all, each young woman should know that normal physiological vaginal discharge is usually clear, creamy or very slightly yellow without unpleasant smell but could be very specific to each woman natural smell. The volume of normal vaginal discharge can be changed during different days of your menstrual cycle.

Brown discharge at any time of menstrual cycle is most often associated with old endometrial tissues. If your period is late you might get a brown, rather than red, discharge. It could also mean that for whatever reason during your last menses the entire uterine lining failed to make a timely exit. Brown Discharge may happen right after periods, and is just “cleaning out” your vagina. Old blood looks brown.

Pink vaginal discharge is a symptom of fresh shedding of the uterine lining (during menstruation or implantation, after delivery, as a result of hormonal treatment, uterine or vaginal trauma, etc.)

Pink brown discharge

Combination of pink and brown discharge could be a symptom of several conditions.

  Ovulation problems

If ovulation does not occur, the ovary is continuing making estrogen and it causing the endometrium to keep thickening. This often leads to a late menstrual period followed by irregular pink brown discharge.


The most common cause of teenagers’ pink brown discharge is “hormonal storm”. Many girls could have episodes of pink brown discharge during the first few years.


Stress hormones such as cortisol are known to interfere with ovulation. Hormonal imbalances that interfere with ovulation can result in abnormal pink brown discharge. Fortunately this will usually be temporary, and rarely requires treatment.

  Birth control pills

The contraceptive effect of birth control pills is mainly due to inhibition of ovulation and absence of ovulation can be a reason for endometrium thickening with following pink brown discharge. If this occurs during the first few months, it may be due to changes in the lining of the uterus. If it persists for more than a few months, a different birth control pill may be recommended.


Approximately 30% of women have fibroid tumors. These growths are almost always benign, and most of the time does not cause symptoms. Fibroids typically grow larger as a woman ages, and usually decreases in size after menopause. Often a uterus will grow many fibroids.
Fibroids may cause irregular pink brown discharge between periods.


Polyps are another type of noncancerous growth that can invade the cervix or uterus. Endometrial polyps are growths in the lining of the uterus that are very common, and usually benign. They usually hang from the lining of the uterus like figs, but at times can be rather flat. Polyps may disturb uterine lining and cause pink brown discharge.


When the lining of the uterus grows into the wall of the uterus, the condition is called adenomyosis. When the lining goes into the muscle some of the blood may be trapped. When extensive, this may cause severe cramps, pink brown discharge and even heavy bleeding.


Although usually a woman will stop having menstrual periods if she is pregnant, some pink brown discharge during pregnancy is not uncommon.

Sometimes pink brown discharge could be a result of implantation.


Menopause is known as “second hormonal storm” in women life. Sometimes women after 50 have pink brown vaginal discharge.

Pink brown discharge could be the first signal of cancer and all women in menopause should be tested.


Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a condition in which the fallopian tubes become inflamed, usually due to a sexually transmitted infections. Inflammated endomtrium can be a cause of irregular pink brown discharge.

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