Despite its rare occurrence, brown mucus discharge isn’t always a cause for concern. Late periods are often the primary reason for brown mucus discharge in women and girls.
There are several other causes for dark mucus discharge, however. Here are a few of those causes and what to keep in mind if you believe you’re suffering from them.
Dark Brown Discharge and Stress
When a woman undergoes a serious amount of stress, she places strain on the body including the reproductive organs. The adrenal glands produce high amounts of hormones when the body is under stress. Estrogen and progesterone flood the body causing numerous symptoms that damage cells and organs. For women, this may mean a thinner uterine lining and a delay in the menstrual cycle.
If the menstrual cycle is delayed, the blood can oxidize in the uterus leading to discolored discharge. For women experiencing extreme stress, a brown mucus discharge is common, along with irregular periods. If your discharge is accompanied by missed periods, this could very well be the cause.
In extreme cases, dark discharge can be a sign of cervical polyps. These polyps are extremely sensitive and can bleed simply by touching them during intimacy or when using tampons. Women who have uterine polyps experience brown discharge on a regular basis.
Women who use birth control pills may also frequently experience dark brown discharge. Because they decrease both progesterone and estrange, birth control pills cause abnormal endometrial symptoms like dark discharge. Fortunately, this isn’t a symptom to be concerned with, but you can switch your contraception if it continues to bother you.
Could dark discharge be Candida?
Symptoms of candida overgrowth do not include a brown discharge. Most women who have a candida overgrowth experience a white, cottage cheese consistency discharge with no foul smelling odor. Should you have this type of discharge and an unpleasant odor, we recommend using V-Cleanse for a complete detox, it is also recommended to see your natural doctor. It could be a sign of a more serious condition or infection.