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Irregular Periods and Brown Discharge

irregular periods dischargePutting an exact definition on what constitutes an irregular period can be difficult as every woman’s menstrual cycle is different. While some women experience periods every 20 days or so, others may get theirs every 35. For this reason, determining an irregular period tends to focus on whether a period occurs in the same number of days between each cycle (give or take a couple of days). Periods, which last anywhere between four to seven days, can also become irregular if characterized by irregular bleeding and brown discharge.

For more information on overcoming irregular periods and brown discharge read over the following paragraphs.

What is the cause of brown discharge in irregular periods?

A brown discharge, unfortunately, may present itself for a range of reasons. The most common explanation being the uterus has not completely shed its product during menstruation. However, other factors could be responsible such as the type of birth control medications being used or possibly another underlying infection.

If you are suffering from brown discharge during your periods it is strongly advised that you have a medical consultation with your doctor.

Other conditions that could be causing brown discharge in irregular periods:

The condition endometriosis is diagnosed when endometrial tissue, which usually lines the uterus (womb), is found outside of the uterine cavity. This tissue bleeds at the time of menstruation, causing irritation and inflammation wherever it may be situated.

Symptoms experienced by women with endometriosis may include brown discharge along with pain in the pelvis, painful periods, and pain during intercourse. Because no-one is certain why endometriosis occurs, it is often difficult to diagnose. Many women who have endometriosis also suffer with infertility, but the reason for this is not clear because other women with endometriosis conceive with no trouble.

What are some treatments for endometriosis?

irregular periods infectionAnti-inflammatory drugs often help with the pain and there are a number of different hormonal treatments that can be used, although some do have unpleasant side effects. Sometimes surgical treatment is required and the operation needed will differ depending upon the site and extent of the endometriosis in any individual woman. However, for symptoms concerned with brown discharge and irregular periods it is best to consult with your doctor.

What are the general symptoms of irregular periods?

Symptoms of irregular periods can include a late period, an early period, and sometimes even bleeding between periods. It can also include menorrhagia (heavy bleeding) or minimal bleeding. Furthermore, women experiencing irregular periods may have missed periods, continuous periods, or periods that happen twice in the one cycle.

What is the best way to cope with irregular periods and brown discharge?

If there is an underlying medical condition responsible for the irregular periods and brown discharge, this is a condition that should be addressed by a medical practitioner.

irregular periods alleviateHowever, irregular periods which occur as a result of the onset of menopause can be alleviated with a healthy diet and exercise regime, along with natural medicines. Some medicines directly target the issue of hormonal imbalance associated with menopause and can therefore be helpful.

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Sources:
  • Hutchinson, Susan M.D. "The Stages of a Woman's Life: Menstruation, Pregnancy, Nursing, Perimenopause, Menopause." November 2007.
  • Love, Susan M.D. Menopause and Hormone Book. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.
  • BMJ Group. "Menopause: What is it?" Patient Leaflet. 2007.