Brown discharge is normal after menstruation because it is common to get some blood clots until a few days after the end of menstruation. In addition, brown discharge is also common after intimate contact or due to irritation of the walls of the vagina, especially during menstruation or pregnancy.
However, brown discharge when it lasts for more than 3 days may also indicate the presence of vaginal infections, such as candidiasis or trichomoniasis, which arise especially when vaginal pH is altered by frequent vaginal douches.
When brownish discharge is normal
Brown discharge is normal in the following situations:
After intimate contact during pregnancy.
In the first few days after menstruation.
When the woman has hormonal changes.
Change of contraceptive or
Take hormone medications for thyroid, for example.
However, if the discharge happens in large quantity or for more than 4 days it is recommended to consult the gynaecologist to start the appropriate treatment.
Can brown discharge be pregnancy?
Usually, brown discharge is not a sign of pregnancy because it is more common for a woman to have a pinkish discharge that indicates the implantation of the fetus in the uterus.
However, in women who are pregnant the discharge from a dark liquid similar to menstruation and brown discharge may indicate loss of blood through the vagina, and this should be evaluated by the obstetrician, especially if it has bad smell or other symptoms such as abdominal pain, itching Or heavy bleeding. This change may indicate, among other possibilities, ectopic pregnancy, for example.
When to go to the doctor
It is recommended to consult a gynecologist when the brown discharge:
Lasts for more than 3 days.
It is accompanied by other symptoms such as abdominal pain, foul smell or itching.
It is interspersed with bright red bleeding.
In these cases the doctor will diagnose the problem by observing the discharge by seeing the inside of the woman’s panties, inserting the vaginal speculum to check the interior of the female intimate region and then recommending the appropriate treatment.
How to treat
Brown discharge does not always need treatment because most of the time it is due to hormonal changes that are common in all women. However, in case of inflammation or infection, the gynecologist may indicate taking antibiotic medicines such as Ceftriaxone or Azithromycin and also the use of ointments that must be introduced into the vagina for a period of time determined by the doctor.
Juniper tea is a good natural treatment for dark vaginal discharge.
To prevent this type of infection it is recommended to avoid the use of intimate showers by washing the vaginal area daily only during the bath or after intimate contact. The panties should preferably be cotton so the area is always drier, and shorts and tight jeans should also be avoided because they clog the place, facilitating perspiration and the proliferation of micro-organisms that cause infections.
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