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You may have noticed some spots of blood in your underwear or on the toilet paper when you wipe. Maybe your discharge has an overall brownish-reddish tinge to it or maybe it’s like a kind of clear discharge with blood in it.
Don’t panic! Depending on where you are in your cycle, this can mean different things. Here’s the run down.
At the very end of your menstrual cycle, you may experience brown bloody discharge. This is perfectly normal, and nothing to worry about. It is your body flushing itself out after menstruation. The blood appears brown because it’s not fresh blood.
Some women experience this in the middle of their cycle as well. It’s called spotting, and it’s perfectly normal. If this is unusual for you or if it persists for more than a few cycles, you may want to consult your doctor. In rare cases, bloody discharge can be an indication of an infection.
Spotting in your underwear mid-cycle may be a sign you’re pregnant. Approximately one third of women experience bloody discharge as a result of a fertilised egg implanting into the wall of the uterus. Implantation is approximately 11 days after ovulation, so bloody discharge just before or at expected time of period can be sign of pregnancy. You might want to consider buying a pregnancy test.
If you are already pregnant and are experiencing bloody discharge, always check with your doctor, especially if it’s thick bloody discharge and paired with cramping. Light vaginal bleeding during early pregnancy is common and is typically nothing to worry about but you should discuss it with your doctor. Wearing a pantyliner can help you monitor the amount of bloody discharge in this situation.
If you have recently had particularly, um, enthusiastic sex, you may see a few spots of blood in your underwear afterwards. This is due to slight tissue tears, and is nothing to worry about. Your body will heal itself naturally.
Whatever the cause of your bloody discharge, using pantyliners like Always Dailies will help you stay fresh and confident throughout the day. They’re made in different sizes and absorbencies to meet all your discharge needs – bloody or not! Also, they are flexibly adapting to your movements so you will barely feel them while wearing.
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).