Is Brownish Leucorrhea normal?

  Leukorrhea is a fairly common form of vaginal discharge, especially early in pregnancy. It usually is thin and white and harmless. But, there can be instances where this fluid is a sign of something gone wrong and warrants further medical attention. To help you know the difference between when it’s cause for concern and when it’s normal.

Having a Brown Discharge

     Brown discharge before a period is usually harmless, and there are many possible reasons for it. Sometimes, it can indicate pregnancy or perimenopause. Less commonly, it could be a sign of an underlying health condition. Brown discharge before a period is typically a vaginal discharge that contains blood. Brown discharge that occurs when a period is not due may cause worry. However, brown discharge before a period is not typically a cause for concern.

     Leaking any vaginal fluid, whether it’s brown discharge, bright red spotting, or white discharge, can understandably cause some worry. But, leukorrhea is usually harmless and common to see during your cycle and when you’re pregnant. However, if you ever observe any of these additional symptoms, it’s important to see your health care provider. Vaginal discharge is the fluid that comes out of the vagina as a result of the bacteria and fluids secreted by your vaginal cells. During different phases of your menstrual cycle, you may notice different consistencies and colors. The amount and frequency of discharge can vary from woman to woman. For the purpose of trying to conceive, the discharge you want to pay the closest attention to is clear, stretchy discharge with the consistency of egg whites. This is a sign that ovulation is about to occur and that you are in your fertile window

Here are the different types of discharge:

 Brown: It’s common during your period; Usually it’s just cervical mucus tinged with blood. Sometimes occurs in early pregnancy—around the time that you expect your period—and is usually nothing to worry about.

 Thick and white: This type of discharge is common just before (or just after) your period. It’s perfectly normal unless it is accompanied by itching, which can indicate a yeast infection. If you experience itching, you should definitely talk to your doctor.

 Clear (egg-white consistency) and stretchy: Usually seen in the middle of your cycle, around ovulation, and is an indicator that you’re in your fertile window.

 Clear and watery: Can occur throughout your lifetime and throughout your cycle for a number of reasons and is no cause for concern. (From a TTC perspective, though, you want to try to distinguish between discharge that is clear and watery versus clear and stretchy, like egg white this is the sign that you’re fertile!)

 Yellow or green: Can be a sign of infection, especially if it’s chunky like cottage cheese, or has a foul smell. Definitely talk to your doctor if these symptoms arise.

       Many times women think that having it means that they have a vaginal infection. It does not alone indicate a vaginal infection. There are a lot of pregnancy symptoms that don't make the top ten list in terms of how much you enjoy them, leukorrhea is one of those symptoms. It can be disconcerting to notice brown vaginal discharge in your underwear or when you wipe. But in the vast majority of cases, it’s nothing to worry about. Brown discharge is usually just old blood from your period taking a bit longer to leave the body. It’s usually caused by cervical mucus mixing with old blood which is why it’s a brown color instead of bright red, like fresh blood. If you’re trying to get pregnant and notice this discharge, talk to your doctor about receiving treatment soon because infections are causes of miscarriage.

 If you’re already pregnant, leukorrhea is a part of normal pregnancy discharge, if you notice any major changes in consistency or amount, let our doctor know. If the discharge starts to have a foul odor or has the consistency of yeast infection, definitely see our doctor so that you can get the appropriate treatment as soon as possible.

  mail  Heng Kang Diagnostics And Medical Clinic will do everything possible to make sure you feel included, safe and comfortable. Please ask us questions about your health problems and we are located at 517-519 Quintin Paredes St., Brgy.289, Binondo, City of Manila


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