Pretty much by day two of your very first period, you're accustomed to the sight of blood falling out of your vagina. But life likes to throw us curve balls, and so sometimes — just to mix it up! It shows up when it shouldn't, fails to show up when it should, and on extra special occasions, doesn't look like blood at all. Before you panic: It's normal for period blood to be another color that isn't red.
Brown Discharge: Causes and When to See a Doctor
Period blood chart: What does the blood color mean?
In most cases, brown discharge before or after your period is completely normal and is not a cause for alarm. All you need to do is wear a panty liner to stay fresh and then go about your day as usual. However, if the brown discharge is accompanied by other symptoms, it could be a sign of a possible health condition. Protecting your vaginal health is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle as a woman. Brown vaginal discharge before or after your period is usually not something to worry about. Through a natural process of oxidation, blood that is exposed to oxygen turns from red to brown. Before your period, brown discharge can be due to just a small amount of bleeding and therefore a very light blood flow.
Is Black Period Blood Normal?
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Many women are embarrassed about vaginal discharge , but we really shouldn't be. Whilst nobody tends to talk about it, it's something all pre-menopausal women experience. But what if the colour, texture or smell of your discharge changes? We look at what's normal and what's not.