What Does Brown Discharge Before Period Mean?

Normal spotting before period in a regular cycle

For not pregnant women, seeing dark spots on the underwear prior to the period can be indicative of ovulation bleeding or adjustment to hormonal contraceptives.

In the first case, bleeding has to do with the emergence of the egg from the follicle, which can sometimes be accompanied by slight affection of vessels. At this stage, the secretion of cervical mucus is most active and that is the reason for observing the picture of sticky brown discharge before period.

It is a well known fact that the peak of the egg’s maturation comes to the middle of a regular cycle (on the 14th day on average). Thus, this is the time when you can expect brown spotting. Normally it should last for no more than 2-3 days, can be accompanied by light cramps and pricking in the abdominal area caused by ovulation. Ovulation bleeding does not intervene the course of the cycle and does not delay a regular period.

Adjustment to a new contraceptive means, which contains hormonal components, be it a contraceptive patch, pills or injection of a drug reservoir, can be accompanied by bleeding symptom out of the cycle. In this case, brown discharge also precedes the period and does not intervene its normal course.

It should be kept in mind that an adequate adjustment period lasts no longer than 3-6 months. Any further bloody discharge can be indicative of a pathology and should be under the supervision of an experienced specialist.

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