Pink Mucus: What Can It Be Caused By?

  • Fragile blood vessels.

Sometimes the uterine walls are naturally supplied by extremely fragile blood vessels, located very close to the surface of cervical lining. Pink discharge may occur because of the sexual arousal, during intercourse or orgasmic contractions as these blood vessels can be easily damaged. As a result spotting begins.

  • Intrauterine device (IUD).

Light-colored bloody discharge may happen in the middle of the cycle or before period after the intrauterine device insertion. In this case you should consult your gynecologist. Maybe this contraceptive method simply doesn’t suit you.

  • Ovulation.

Pinkish spotting may occur 1,5 -2 weeks before period, i.e. during ovulation, when a mature ovum is released from an ovarian follicle. Ovulation spotting is reported by 30% of women. It’s a physiological norm.

  • Implantation.

If conception was successful, a woman may experience pink spotting approximately 1 week before the date of expected period. It looks like just a few drops of blood, diluted in cervical mucus which is often mistaken for an early period. In reality it’s implantation spotting, not a very widespread but possible early symptom of pregnancy. In case you had unprotected sex in the middle of the cycle and now suspect you may be pregnant, wait another week and do a pregnancy test or contact your gynecologist.

  • Childbirth.

Right after labor a woman has pink discharge that looks like diluted blood. It’s referred to as lochia, a normal post-delivery phenomenon. Lochia contains mucus, blood and placental tissue and usually lasts for about 14 days after birth.

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