Any kind of the vaginal discharge can cause concern in a woman, but it is important to distinguish what is normal and what is not. Brown discharge after menstruation can indeed be a cause of concern but it can also be a perfectly normal occurrence.
Vaginal discharge is a part of the menstrual cycle. Many women have noticed that clear discharge with no smell appears a day or two prior to their ovulation. This kind of discharge is normal. However, if the discharge changes in color, becomes yellow, milky white or greenish and if it has a foul smell, it may be a sign of a disease and it is recommended to see a gynecologist.
Many women have noticed brown discharge after their periods. The reason for this can vary from one woman to another. Some reasons indicate that there is a problem while others are nothing to worry about.
Causes of brown vaginal discharge after menstruation
There are cases in which a brown discharge is really nothing to worry about. For example, a late period can cause dark colored discharge both during and after the period. Also, brown discharge may in fact be blood that has stayed longer inside the uterus and oxidized, or it can be parts of the endometrial lining that are being expelled normally from the uterus.
However, dark or brown discharge can in fact be altered blood, which can indicate a bleeding somewhere inside the body, like an erosion, polyps, injury to the surface or the mouth of the uterus. If this is the case, the whole reproductive system needs to be checked thoroughly.
Brown discharge can also be an early sign of pregnancy, perimenopause or menopause.
The reason for brown discharge after menstruation can be a medical condition, like repeated and untreated yeast infection, pelvic inflammatory disease, bacterial vaginosis, cervical cancer, chlamydia, warts or gonorrhea.
Treatment for brown vaginal discharge after menstruation
This kind of discharge is not a disease in itself, but it can be a symptom of one. However, as it is mentioned above, it can be a normal occurrence and sign that the reproductive system is cleaning itself and forming new tissues. It is important to observe the duration of brown discharge. If it persists for more than a few days, it is better to see a doctor who will determine with certainty what exactly is causing this kind of discharge.
The treatment will depend on the cause found by the doctor. Each of the medical problems that can be causers of brown vaginal discharge requires adequate therapy. Those problems should be addressed in time so they can be treated and prevented from developing into more serious health problems.