On a visit to the loo, you may have noticed some brown discharge down there. When that toilet paper comes up with brown discharge on it, it can be a little disconcerting.
It may be an entirely new experience for you. It may be something that happens every so often. Either way, you may be wondering why it happens. Here we outline the ins and outs of brown discharge, what causes it, and when to worry (and when you can safely relax – which is most of the time! Sweet!)
Most often, brown discharge is perfectly normal. Put quite straightforwardly, blood that has been around for a while turns brown (as opposed to fresh blood, which is bright red). So thick brown discharge is often a sign that your body is cleaning itself by flushing out residual blood from a gynaecological exam or your period.
Brown discharge that looks like spotting in your underwear can also be an early sign of pregnancy. Though it’s not a definitive sign you’re pregnant (you should go get a pregnancy test if you think you are!), spotting sometimes occurs when a fertilised egg, or embryo, implants into your uterus’ wall.
It can also occur due to the hormonal changes your body experiences during ovulation, when oestrogen levels rise, prompting your body to release an egg from your ovaries.
As long as your discharge is not itchy, smelly, or greenish brown coloured, it is perfectly normal. In those rare cases where you experience discharge accompanied by pelvic pain, fever or itching consult your doctor. This may indicate an underlying medical condition or hormonal imbalance that requires treatment.
Whatever the cause, brown discharge is actually super easy to manage, making it no big deal. Simply using a panty liner will keep brown discharge off your knickers (yay for not ruining your favourite pair!) ALWAYS DAILIES panty liners come in a variety of sizes and absorbencies, so you will keep feeling fresh and confident no matter what your discharge situation is. They are super flexible and wick away moisture, so you’ll barely know you have one on. That way you can go about your day free of discharge worry.
ALWAYS DAILIES is on a mission to bust common myths around vaginal discharge. In fact, vaginal discharge is totally normal and happens to all of us women. Why make it a taboo topic? We want to provide you with all the information you need and ask for. In case you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us under 0080077634434 or 08000285884 (UK), 1800509203 (IRE).