Light Brown Discharge


Light brown discharge may be regarded as a form of vaginal discharge in women. This type of discharge is in the form of secretions that are normally produced out of tiny or small glands present between the lining of the cervix and the vagina. It is, however, common for women to have a vaginal discharge which commences a year before puberty and ends generally after the menopause. The amount of discharge may vary from time to time in women and the variations are normally noticed during the whole reproductive periods. The amount of discharge could be varying based on different factors such as duration of periods, sexual activities, hormonal balance, menstrual cycle and age. The discharge quantity is largely influenced by the hormonal changes in women as well. The discharge is usually in the form of clear/transparent creamy fluid slightly yellow in color.

Light brown discharge

What is light brown discharge?

The discharge termed light brown discharge is essentially a mixture of vaginal discharge and blood remains. The probable inclusion of blood cells in the secretion provides a particular color to the discharge. Normally, the color of the discharge varies within the spectrum of pink to brown. Normally blood in the old form creates provides brown color and when mixed with the vaginal excretions become light brown. However, the amount of light brown discharge is not considered to be as heavy as periods.

Is light brown discharge a normal occurrence?

The cause of the light brown discharge determines whether it could be classified as a normal event or not!! The occurrence of light brown discharge right after the menstruation is considered to be normal in women. The amount of discharge also varies according to medical conditions in women. However, it is always advisable to seek medical advice if you notice a considerable amount of light brown vaginal discharge. Women experiencing light brown discharge during pregnancy should immediately see a doctor to determine the causes. The doctor might advise you to restrict physical movements, hospitalize you, advise you to stay clear from stressful activities to avoid probable miscarriage.

Probable reasons for light brown discharge

Some of the common causes for such type of discharge in women could be pregnancy, uterine polyps, perimenopause, menopause and vaginal atrophy.


The premature stages of pregnancy might result into light brown discharge in women. At this stage, the secretions could be considered harmless and is mainly the result of hormonal imbalance, fertilization, etc. A normal and regular form of menstrual cycles is significantly influenced by the presence of several hormones. During pregnancy, the levels of hormones vary significantly and has the potential to trigger light brown discharge. This type of discharge is also a type of indication that a woman is pregnant. However, the light brown discharge is not a fruitful event always. This could also be considered as signs of early miscarriage. In such circumstances, the women are advised to seek immediate medical advice to avoid further complexions. This type of secretion could also present an alarming situation during molar pregnancy. However, such events are a rarity. This is a very harmful situation and should be dealt with immediately.


This could be termed as a transition period in a woman’s life which generally occurs before the menopause. This is a stage of the women’s reproductive life which usually commences before menopause i.e. 2 – 8 years. This is the time when the ovary produces lower levels of estrogens. The duration of the perimenopause varies significantly and is different in different women. This is the time, when women may experience odd symptoms such as light brown discharge, vaginal dryness, insomnia, night sweats, mood swings, etc.

Vaginal Atrophy

The vaginal atrophy is normally a result of fewer estrogens in the body of women. This could also happen for menopause and other types of hormonal misbalance in women. A considerable amount of drop of estrogen in women makes the vaginal tissues thinner, fragile and drier. As a result, the blood vessels has the tendency to become weak and hence has the ability to burst frequently. All these events give rise to light brown discharge much of which is also a result of vaginal atrophy.

Uterine Polyps

Light brown discharge is also caused as a result of uterine polyps. However, uterine polyps are not a common occurrence in women. These polyps are growths normally attached to the inner wall of the uterus and protrude into the uterine cavity. The size of uterine polyps may vary from few millimeters to few centimeters. The growth of uterine polyps is in the form of groups or might have a singular appearance. The polyps are also a result of hormonal misbalance in women especially, during the age of 40. Light brown discharge normally makes the appearance if these polyps are removed or treated in the form of medications.

Cervical Irritation

This type of irritation or cervical polyps results into light brown discharge as well. The irritation of the cervix is caused due to several factors. The presence of hormones during pregnancy has the ability to change the surface of the cervix thereby causing bleeding. Normally, in such cases, women tend to notice such secretions after having intercourse. However, these polyps which are a result of hormonal dysfunctions could easily be treated or removed.

Hormonal Therapies

Most of the times women tend to experience light brown discharge during imbalanced treatment related to hormones especially, during an emergency.  Women also have the tendency to have light brown discharge during IVF procedures or treatment related to infertility. There are occasions when two embryos are present in the uterus, however, only one develops. This phenomenon is called vanishing twin and gives the result to light brown discharge.

Treatment and Prevention of Light Brown Discharge

There are various kinds of remedies that might be used to treat light brown discharge. Sometimes, the doctor may recommend antibiotics to prevent light brown discharge. However, the following remedies may also be applied –

  • It is advisable to avoid douche in order to avoid infections of the vagina
  • After the bowel movements, it is important that the use of perfumed tissues is avoided
  • It is advisable to change the sanitary napkins twice a day during periods
  • The application of scented soap for cleaning of the vaginal area should be discouraged

Seek medical Help

It is advisable to seek immediate medical advice if you experience light brown discharge even after 2 – 3 days of the menstrual cycle. Women are also advised to seek medical help if they experience light brown discharge during the periods. Sometimes, the discharge may be accompanied by irritation of the vaginal area which also calls for medical help.