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Pinkish Brown Discharge: Factors that Lead to Changes of Discharge’s Color

Pink to brown discharge

Normally a pinkish brown discharge is associated with old endometrial tissues, but cases may differ and lots of things depend on the organism of a woman, who experiences the discharges. Besides, the volume and consistency of the discharge may differ as well. So, are such discharges safe or not? Let’s find it out!

Where Does It Take Its Color from?

Pink color is a sign of fresh shedding of the uterine lining. Brown means that during the last menses the entire uterine lining failed to make a timely exit. The combination of these two colors may be cause by several more factors:

  • ovulation problems
  • puberty
  • birth control medicines

The last factor deserves special attention, as too many women don’t know what birth control medicines can lead to. Such pills affect ovulation and cause its absence, leading to pinkish brown discharge. If the discharge occurs during the first months after the intake of pills, it is caused by changes in the lining of the uterus. In case it doesn’t disappear, you should ask your doctor to prescribe different birth control pills.

Such discharges can be caused by ovulation problems as well. In case ovulation doesn’t occur, the ovary still goes on making estrogen leading to the thickening of endometrium. This is why late menstrual period is followed by pinkish brown discharge.

Discharges before and after Period

Such discharges before period have many reasons. Usually, the menstrual fluid includes old blood, a layer of the endometrium and nutrients. When mixed, these elements create a pinkish brown color. One more cause is the presence of polyps (tumors), which are abnormal growths in the uterus.

What about pinkish brown discharges after period? They are related to the endometrial tissues. Their remnants appear brown when discharged. This is a self-cleaning process.

Cause of pinkish brown discharge

If the cases are more serious, such discharges are the symptoms of the reproductive system damage and require professional examination.

Some other causes that lead to such discharges include:

  • sexually transmitted diseases (chlamydia, gonorrhea, vaginal warts, etc.)
  • repeated yeast infection
  • pelvic inflammatory disease
  • cervical cancer
  • bacterial vaginosis

What Leads to Pinkish Brown Discharge during Pregnancy?

Again, the reasons are various. The only rule to remember is that you don’t have to start worrying. Things can be not as dangerous as you think.

Hormonal changes in the body of a pregnant woman lead to changes in discharges. Besides this cause, there are lots of physical causes: cervix and uterus. During a physical contact with the cervix, blood vessels can easily break and cause pinkish brown discharges. Some women can also experience bleeding after exercises, and, in most cases, this is a good sign.

Some women tend to mistake yellowish discharges for brown ones. In any case, the amounts of blood there are rather small or blood is not present at all. This is why such discharges cannot be the reason for your concern.

When Should You Contact a Physician?

You should contact a physician any time you experience changes and feel discomfort. Staying on the safe side you protect yourself and your baby from possible severe consequences that are hard to escape and treat.

Pinkish brown discharges are normal and don’t indicate any serious changes or complications. However, if you are too concerned, ask for professional help to know the reasons for sure.