Brown Discharge During Ovulation
Brown discharge during ovulation may cause a woman to become concerned, especially the first time it happens. Some sexually active women have even mistakenly thought that this type of discharge might be a symptom of a sexually transmitted disease. However, this type of discharge is quite common and perfectly normal.
Brown Discharge During Ovulation Can Help You Get Pregnant
If you and your partner are trying to get pregnant, the changes in your vaginal discharges can be helpful in this process as they can help a woman know when she is most fertile. Around the time of ovulation, many woman have a brown discharge. In some women, this can be even more helpful than measuring small changes in body temperature in knowing when a woman may be the most receptive to getting pregnant. Along with the brown discharge, you may also notice a sharp pain on one side of you abdomen and your breasts may become a bit more tender than normal.
Other Causes For a Brown Discharge
While it is perfectly normal for a woman to see a brown discharge in her underwear around the time of ovulation, it is possible that the discharge could also be an indication of a medical issue. For example, a change in color in the discharge can sometimes be a symptom of an infection. If you have other symptoms such as slight burning during urination or unusually frequent urination, you may want to make an appointment with your doctor and report your symptoms. In extremely rare cases, a brown discharge can be a symptom of something more serious like cancer.
What Causes a Brown Discharge During Ovulation
During ovulation, the follicles that surround and protect egg grow and mature. Eventually they rupture and this causes a tiny bit of bleeding. As the blood turns older, it turns from red to brown. The brown older bit of blood is what is seen as a brownish discharge around ovulation. This whole process is under hormonal control. As estrogen increases after menstruation, this causes another hormone called luteinizing hormone (LH) to surge as well. When this happens, it signals to a woman’s body to release the egg from the follicles.
When Exactly Does the Brown Discharge Usually Happen
First, it is important to note that not all women have a brown discharge at any time of the month. Also, in some women, the discharge is so small, they may not notice it unless they are really looking for it. The brown discharge may also be mixed with a more whitish cervical mucous and this can make it less noticeable, especially against light colored underwear. The timing of the brown discharge varies between different women. However, it usually happens just before ovulation or during ovulation. Since most sperm live for three days and some can live up to five days, if sexual intercourse takes place within three to five days of the discharge, the chances of pregnancy increase dramatically.
In conclusion, keep in mind that a brown discharge during ovulation is a normal part of a female’s monthly cycle. It can also be used to aid a couple in getting pregnant.