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Irregular Periods and Brown Discharge

The term “irregular period” does not have an exact definition. Because every woman's menstrual cycle is different, every woman's idea of irregular will also be different. While some women have menstrual cycles of 28 days or so, others may have 35-day cycles. This means when defining irregular periods, the focus is on whether a period has the same number of days between each cycle. Periods are also considered irregular if they are characterized by too-light or too-heavy bleeding and brown discharge.

For more information on overcoming irregular periods, please read on. 

Endometriosis is one of the possible causes behind frequent brown discharge

What Causes Brown Discharge?

Brown vaginal discharge, unfortunately, may be a symptom of a range of conditions. The most common explanation is that the uterus has not completely shed its lining during menstruation. However, other factors could be responsible, such as the type of birth control medications being used or an underlying infection.

If you are suffering from brown discharge during your periods, you are strongly encouraged to talk to your doctor.

Underlying conditions

Endometriosis is one of the possible causes behind frequent brown discharge. It occurs when endometrial tissue is found outside of the uterine cavity. This tissue bleeds during menstruation, causing irritation and inflammation.

Symptoms experienced by women suffering from endometriosis may include brown discharge, along with pelvic pain, painful periods, and pain during intercourse. Because no one is completely certain of the causes of endometriosis, it's often a difficult condition to diagnose. Many women who have endometriosis also suffer from infertility, although other women with endometriosis can conceive without any trouble. The reason for this difference is not clear.

What Are the Symptoms?

Symptoms of menstrual irregularity can include late periods, early periods, and sometimes even bleeding and brown discharge between periods (spotting). It can also include either abnormally heavy bleeding or minimal bleeding. Missed periods, continuous periods, or periods that happen twice in one cycle, can also be related to this condition.

What Is the Best Way to Cope with Irregular Periods and Brown Discharge?

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

Irregular periods resulting from the onset of menopause can be alleviated by a healthy diet and exercise regime, along with natural medicines. Some remedies directly target the issue of hormonal imbalance associated with menopause.

Read for more information about treatments for irregular periods.

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Q&A: Should I Be Surprised If I Am Having Irregular Periods at 40?

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Frequent Menstrual Cycles

Most women will experience frequent and light menstrual cycles at some point during their lifetime. Continue reading to know more about frequent periods.

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