During the menstrual cycle of a woman, vaginal discharge occurs normally. It may be watery, stretchy or a transparent discharge in some women. Most women tend to experience brown discharge or brown spotting after period. It may occur due to different reasons. When any extra blood is removed, this condition may occur. It may also occur due to gonorrhea (a sexually transmitted disease). If you experience brown spotting after period, it is best to contact a gynecologist.
Brown discharge may occur due to delayed period at the time of menstruation or after it. The discharge of endometrial tissue from women’s body is a widely-seen cause. If an excessive amount of endometrial tissue was unable to be expelled from the body during a period, it may come out in a dark brown or red color after period. This is common and is a usual cleansing process from the uterus.
Sometimes damage to reproductive system can be the reason of brown spotting after period. This is a critical health problem for which you need proper medical help. This type of spotting or implantation bleeding also occurs in brown or dark red color. After having unprotected sex, if you find this brownish blood discharge for several days or for over 2 weeks of last period, then you might be pregnant and you need to take a test.
The listed causes of might be the sign of other symptoms, apart from brownish bloody discharge -
Yeast Infection: It may be caused by the Candida Albicans fungus. Most moist areas have yeast vaginitis and yeast vulvitis. Vaginal inflammation is the reason of yeast infections. So, this type of infection is not transmitted from sex. Some symptoms of this type of infection is itching in vagina, soreness, burning, pain while doing intercourse, and white, thick and odorless fluid discharge that looks like cottage cheese. Overgrowth of yeast in the vagina also can cause a yeast infection. This white discharge may be light brown or yellow when it is expelled to undergarments from the vagina. Oral medications and antifungal medication are the common treatments of yeast infections.
Bacterial Vaginosis (BV): This complication generally occurs from bacterial imbalance in private parts. In this condition, brown spotting is followed by a fishy, foul odor. This is most sought-after symptom of this complication. Having sex with different partners, douching, smoking and using contraceptive devices can be the causes of this problem. Though it isn’t infectious, unprotected sexual intercourse may cause BV. Gynecologists prescribe antibiotics to women who are affected by it.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID): This disease occurs in reproductive organs of women. It may occur due to Neisseria gonorrhea or Chlamydia trachomatis. If a woman is suffering from it, it could lead to infertility. It has some symptoms like irregular discharge, heavy bleeding from vagina and pain during intercourse, back pain, abdominal pain, urination pain and etc. Pain medicines and antibiotics are prescribed in such conditions.
After period, there are a lot of reasons of brown spotting like vaginal warts, cervical cancer, gonorrhea, Chlamydia, herps and various other STDs.