Here are 7 major causes of brown discharge in women:
1. Ovulation: Sometimes, when an egg is released during ovulation, a little bleeding occurs. This blood mixes in with your normal vaginal mucus, so your discharge might be a little or even a dark brown.
2. Endometrial tissue: In some cases, this discharge is just old tissue that did not pass during your last period. This tissue may remain in the uterus for quite a while before it passes, which is why the discharge is brown in color.
3. Perimenopause: Just before menopause, your body’s hormone levels are rapidly changing. It’s not uncommon for women to see brown, pink or even yellow discharge during this time.
4. Birth control: Birth control can cause irregular periods and spotting or brown discharge.
5. Pregnancy: Implantation can cause your discharge to look brown. It may also signal a problem with the placenta.
6. Miscarriage: Some women will see dark brown blood or discharge during the early stages of a miscarriage.
7. Disease: Certain diseases can cause your discharge to turn brown, such as bacterial vaginosis, PID (pelvic inflammatory disease), cervical cancer and certain sexually transmitted diseases.
If the discharge carries a foul-smelling odor, there is cause for concern and you should see your doctor right away.
In most cases, brown-colored discharge is nothing to worry about, but if you’re pregnant and seeing a lot of fluid, it may be time to see your doctor to make sure that you and your baby are healthy.