7 Reasons Why You Have Bloody Discharge

Okay, the fact that you are here at this page means you:

  1. Saw blood stains in your discharge; 
  2. Probably freaking out now;
  3. Want to know if this is normal.

Now, blood in vaginal discharge can mean a lot of different things, depending on your age, health condition, and even your level of sexual activity.

Let’s now go find out why there is blood in your discharge, and what could be the possible reasons.

Period Related

For most women who are still menstruating, having blood tinged vaginal discharge is fairly common and normal a few days before and after your period.

The primary differences lies in the color.

You are more likely to experience bright red bloody discharge before period, and probably dark brownish blood post period.

Dark brown blood is usually a sign of old discolored blood.

Are You Into Rough Sex?

Yes, if that’s been what you have been up to lately, the rough action may have resulted in a certain degree of vaginal bleeding, staining your discharge in the process.

In the world of vaginal bleeding, size does matter. So does types of toys (if that’s your interest, this is a judgement free zone. ^_^) 

You may want to consider upping the lubricant, but try to avoid the latex based ones as they may trigger allergic reactions. 

Could You Be Pregnant?

Blood in your discharge could signify that you may be pregnant!

Commonly known as implantation spotting, it is fairly common in the very early stages of pregnancy. 

Spotting occurs when the 6-12 day old fertilized egg attaches itself to the lining of the uterus wall, and some bleeding occurs as a result.

So if you are not up for your period anytime soon(a week or two), and you had unprotected sex, you may want to consider getting tested.

Premature Labor

If you are pregnant, and already gone past 20 weeks, but not due anytime soon, bloody discharge may be a sign of premature labor.

The risk for premature labor is higher for women carrying multiples, or have a history of premature labor, or certain uterine or cervical abnormalities.

If you are experiencing at least five contractions within the past hour, have menstrual like cramps in your lower abdomen that come and go, dull lower backache, and/or bloody watery fluid leaking from your vagina, you best grab your hospital bag and give your midwife a heads up before heading to the hospital.

Miscarriage Or Ectopic Pregnancy

Unfortunately, if you are pregnant for less than 20 weeks, and is experiencing bloody discharge with tissue clots, there is a wee chance that it may be a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy.

Do get it checked out if you have lots of bloody discharge, or find tissue clots in the discharge.

You may want to keep the tissue clots to show the doctor. They will be able to test if the tissue is fetal tissue. 

According to statistics, about 15 to 20 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriages, and of which, 80 percent of the miscarriages happen during the first trimester.

Although, if you are currently pregnant now, try not to worry too much if you find slight brown or pink stains on your tissue.

I know it’s easy to go over the board with catastrophic thinking (been there, done that) with all the hormones wreaking havoc. 

Just know that up to 30 percent of all pregnancies experience some form of spotting and many do go on to deliver healthy babies. 

Are You Menopausal?

Menopausal women can sometimes find bloody discharge on their underwear.

This can be due to the thinning and drying of vaginal walls due to lowering estrogen levels. This is actually fairly common among women experience menopause.

Disease/Anatomically Related

Vaginal bleeding leading to bloody discharge can also be a symptom of illness or anatomic lesions.

For example, if you have tumors or polyps on your cervical or vaginal wall, there is a higher chance of vaginal bleeding. 

On the more nefarious side, gynecological cancers like endometrium, cervical, ovarian and vaginal cancers can often result in bleeding down there.

Abnormal vaginal bleeding is one of the most common warning signs of gynecological cancers. Other warning signs that are commonly overlooked are:

  • Constant fatigue
  • Abdominal or back ache
  • Feeling bloated
  • Burning sensation or itching vagina
  • Difficulty in passing urine, or increased frequency

If you have the above symptoms, and/or is experiencing abnormal vaginal bleeding (heavy flow, strong odor, blackish/brown color, not right timing), do seek medical attention immediately.

The other more common reason for vaginal bleeding leading to bloody discharge is cervicitis, which is the inflammation of the cervix. There are many reasons that can cause cervicitis.

STDs like gonorrhea, chlamydia and genital herpes can result in the inflammation of the cervix.  

Your cervix can also become inflamed if you are allergic to chemicals in birth control devices like spermicide and condoms or hygiene items like douche (don’t do it!).

Injuries or irritation to the cervical/vaginal wall can also be sustained if there is poor handling of tampons, menstrual cups or pessaries.

If you have bacterial infection down there (bacterial vaginosis), or hormonal imbalances (low in estrogen) that makes it difficult for you to maintain healthy cervical tissue, inflammation is fairly common too.

Even cancer treatment for gynecological cancers, like radiation or chemotherapy can sometimes result in cervicitis.

In general, finding blood in vaginal discharge is fairly common and is usually not a big cause for concern. However, if you find your bleeding abnormal, and are really worried, do seek medical attention.

If not for anything, for your peace of mind. 🙂

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