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Last updated May 13, 2017 (originally published September 2, 2015)

By Louise Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist and

[Health and fitness articles are reviewed by our Editorial Board, which
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Even if you’ve been menstruating for years, your period can
still shock you – particularly if you were under the
impression that period blood came in one color only: red.
The appearance of dark brown blood in your period is
therefore cause for concern. But the color of the blood in
your period varies from day to day and month to month –
usually with no problems attached. Find out what brown
blood means, and when you should be worried.

What Happens During Your Period

When you go through a menstrual cycle, the lining of your
uterus becomes thicker in order to prepare for pregnancy.
In any month that an egg is not fertilized, this lining is shed
along with blood. Your cycle could be anything from 21 to
35 days – from the first day of bleeding to the first day of
the following cycle – and an average period lasts three to
five days; in this time you will see blood of varying colors
and amounts.

What Are the Causes of Change in Color of Period Blood?

Most often, a change in the color of the blood in your period
is a normal part of the cycle. Blood changes color due to the
stage in the cycle (whether it is “old” or “new” blood),
depending on your hormones (menopause, puberty etc.), or
because of a less common – but more serious - reason such
as miscarriage, an enlarged uterus due to previous
pregnancies, benign polyps, or
endometriosis.

Is Brown Blood in Your Period Normal?

It’s likely that if you see brown blood in your period then all
is perfectly normal – every cycle brings with it differences in
amount and appearance of period blood. But if you are
pregnant and experience this color of blood then contact
your doctor as it could be the sign of a miscarriage.

If the brown blood comes with pain in the abdomen or
vagina, fever, fatigue, or abnormally heavy flow then you
should get it checked out by your doctor to be sure there are
no infections or other issues causing the brown blood.

We looked at the full list of reasons why you see brown
blood in your period, and what you need to do about it.

7 Reasons and Remedies for Brown Period Blood




























1. Brown Blood at the End of Your Period

At the end of your period it is common to see brown blood.
This is because the blood is older and it has not been
dispelled from the body as quickly as the blood at the start
of the period, and consequently will be discolored.

As this is a normal part of the cycle there is not a lot you can
do about the brown color, but rest assured it is nothing
serious.

If the end of your cycle is accompanied by pain, try taking
Vitamin E tablets.

A 2005 study from Tarbiat Modarres University, Tehran,
Iran, showed that
Vitamin E was more effective than placebo
at relieving period pains.  You may also consider eating more
foods rich in Vitamin E.

2.
Brown Blood at the Start of Your Period

You may also experience brown blood at the start of your
period. This is also “old” blood, which may not make sense
since it is the start of your cycle.

It may be that the start of the period is accompanied by a
slow flow of blood, which means it takes longer to exit your
body, becoming discolored in the process.

Or it could be that you do not fully expel the entire contents
of the uterus in each cycle, meaning that some of the lining
from the previous cycle – which is now blackish or brown
color – is expelled first in the following cycle. Again, this is
nothing to worry about.

If you suffer from a lot of pain at this time of your cycle, try
essential oils like lavender, rose, and clary sage. A 2006
study from Wonkwang Public Health College, Iksan, Korea
found that massage with these aromatherapy oils helped
reduce menstrual pain.

3.
Could Brown Blood in the Period Be a Sign of Anemia?

Small amounts of brown blood should not cause any
concern, but if you are losing a lot of brown blood – more
than usual, or the loss of blood is heavy every month – then
it could lead to
anemia.

This is because heavy blood loss causes iron loss. Check with
your doctor if you feel that the brown blood is too much.
You may need iron supplements. A 1964 study by Taymor
ML, Sturgis SH, and Yahia C showed that iron supplements
may even help reduce bleeding in women with a heavy flow,
as well as helping to resolve the anemia problem.

Add iron-rich foods to your diet to treat anemia. Chicken
livers, eaten once or twice a week, can help remedy anemia.
Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach also help to
replenish your body's supply of iron.  Add a food or drink
rich in Vitamin C such as orange juice or lemon aid to help
your body to better absorb iron.

4.
Brown Blood Between Periods

Sometimes you may see that you have brown blood
discharge between periods. This is not uncommon,
particularly if you are just starting your periods, or you are
reaching menopause.

Brown discharge in this case is not the sign of your period.
Instead, the brown blood is often discharge tinted with old
blood from the previous cycle.

5.
Is Brown Blood in Your Period a Sign of Miscarriage?

According to the National Health Service in the UK, the most
common sign of miscarriage is vaginal bleeding and the most
common color of the blood is brown to black.

However, it is also common to have light spotting of brown
blood during the first trimester, so it doesn’t necessarily
mean anything is wrong. Other signs of a miscarriage include
cramping, pain, fluid discharge, and an absence of the
symptoms of pregnancy such as sickness.

6.
Brown Blood in the Period as a Sign of Infection

Sometimes brown blood in the period signifies you have an
infection. It could be a sexually transmitted infection, or an
infection with bacteria that naturally occurs within the vagina.

A vaginal infection is usually accompanied by a discharge,
pain during intercourse or urination, and often a fever. A
1962 study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and
Gynecology by Dr. E.F. Pena showed that tampons saturated
in tea tree oil were an effective treatment for vaginal
infection, although more research is needed as this was not
a double blind trial.

7.
Brown Blood at the Time of Your Period is an Early Sign
of Pregnancy

You may not notice this, but a brown discharge at around
the same time as your period is due could be the first sign of
pregnancy. This is called "implantation bleeding", where the
fertilized egg is attaching itself to the uterine lining.
Implantation bleeding occurs from 6 to 1é days after
conception and it s generally not dangerous.


You could take a pregnancy test if you had unprotected sex
and your period is late – although the American Pregnancy
Association says only 3 percent of women experienced
implantation bleeding as a first sign of pregnancy.








































































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