Did you find pink discharge on your underwear or on the toilet paper you used? Don’t worry, it’s a fairly common occurrence for menstruators. There are several biological processes, including your menstrual cycle, that influence the formation of pink discharge.
In this piece, we give you a 101 low-down on everything you need to know about pink discharge.
Vaginal discharge is mostly cervical mucus and a mix of fluid and cells from the vagina. The cervix secretes mucus in different amounts and consistencies throughout your cycle. When mixed with a tiny amount of blood, discharge can look pink or even brown.
Depending on what is going on with your body, discharge can look white, clear, tan, gray, or even green.
Cervical mucus looks and feels very different depending on where you are in your cycle. Check out our guide on tracking your cervical mucus for more info about these cyclical changes.
The first thing you should know about pink discharge is that it is generally normal. Especially around their period, many women notice pink discharge, which is not necessarily a cause for concern.
One thing to pay attention to is vaginal bleeding that happens outside of your period. Since we’re used to seeing blood during our period, women may disregard this symptom. But dark red or brown bleeding when you’re not on your period is something to alert to your doctor.
Spotting and pink discharge, meanwhile, are generally normal, but if you’re spotting consistently outside of your period you should tell your doctor. Reasons for this could range from birth control to hormonal imbalances.
Pink discharge means that there is just a little blood mixed in with your cervical mucus. There are several different reasons this can happen. Let us explore why you see pink discharge in your underwear.
As we can see, several different reasons can cause pink discharge. Here’s a chart to understand clearer these causes, as well as the timing of your discharge and any other symptoms.
If you’re pregnant and noticing pink discharge, don’t panic! This is often perfectly normal.
A major study found that pink discharge in the first trimester was not linked with increased risk for miscarriage.
So if you’re in the very early stages of your pregnancy, you could be experiencing implantation bleeding or spotting. This is a sign that a fertilized ovum has attached to the uterine lining, and pregnancy has begun.
Pink discharge can also happen late in pregnancy as your body gets ready for labor. It’s important to look out for other symptoms when you notice pink discharge. Are you also having cramps, contractions, or has your water broken? Either way, it’s best to consult your doctor if such a situation arises.
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