There are a number of reasons why you might have the light period brown blood thing going on. We’ll give you the #1 reason for why you might have these two things together.
And then, some more thoughts on why you may have a light period, or brown blood on their own.
Before we get started, please keep in mind that you should see your doctor if you notice any changes to your menstrual cycle. Something not quite right? Make an appointment with your doctor to find out if you have a type of menstrual disorder.
Light Period Brown Blood: The Top Reason
The number one reason why you might have a light period with brown blood is that your period is flowing slowly, for whatever reason. It’s most likely to happen at the beginning, or end of your period and not in the middle.
Brown blood is a sign that it’s become oxidized. By “oxidized,” we mean exposed to air. It’s similar to rusting metal.
Is this something to worry about? Probably not. Brown blood at the beginning or end of a period is sometimes nothing to worry about.
However, it sometimes is, particularly if accompanied by changes to your menstrual cycle. See your doctor to be sure.
Light Period: Some Reasons Why
There are a number of reasons why you might have a lighter period than normal. Some of them have an easy explanation such as starting birth control, of approaching menopause, but others require some medical attention. It’s not always a good thing to have a very light period, particulary if you’re trying to get pregnant.
Some of these reasons why you may have a very light period include:
If you have a very heavy period, if your cycles are very irregular, or you have some terrible menstrual cramps, your doctor may prescribe birth control to help regulate your hormones. Of course, you may also take birth control because you want to prevent pregnancy!
In this case, you may begin to have a lighter period, especially if it was very heavy before starting birth control.
In addition, some forms of birth control may cause your period blood to be brown.
One of the things that happens during perimenopause or menopause is that hormone levels begin to fluctuate. This causes the menstrual cycle to change in various ways, and one possibility is a lighter period.
How it changes depends on individual person. However, you will eventually begin to miss periods, and then cease them altogether.
Stress, over a prolonged period of time can do all sorts of things to our menstrual cycles. One possibility is that your body begins to produce less reproductive hormones, which may result in a lighter period, or no period at all.
Think about it this way: your body is in survival mode, trying to make it through the next stressful situation, and the one after that. The correct functioning of your reproductive system isn’t really the most important thing.
Estrogen and Progesterone work closely together to regulate the menstrual cycle. If there are out of whack, your periods will be too.
Excessive Dieting and/or Heavy Exercise
Both of these things may cause your body to focus energy on the vital life processes, and not on the reproductive system. This can result in a lighter period, or no period at all.
What Does a Light Period Mean?
Brown Period Blood: Some Reasons Why
There are a few different reasons why you may have some brown discharge, or brown blood during your period. They include:
Old Menstrual Fluid
The #1 reason why your period blood might be brown is because it’s older blood that is leaving your body. It can be fluid that wasn’t shed during the last menstrual cycle. Or, it might be that your cycle is happening slower than normal this month for some reason and the blood leaving your body has been exposed to air and has oxidized.
Certain types of birth control, especially Nexplanon (the bar) can cause brown period blood. Brown blood, even at the beginning of your period is normal in this case.
Birth control can also cause your period to be lighter as well, so this is a certainly a possible explanation for the light period brown blood thing.
If you’re pregnant, and begin to have brown bleeding, something might be wrong. It is possible that you’re having a miscarriage.
Please get immediate medical attention.
It is normal to sometimes have brown discharge after getting an abortion.
PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)
PCOS can cause brown discharge during your period. Some other symptoms include irregular cycles, abnormal hair growth, obesity, acne, etc.
During menopause, or the years leading up to it (perimenopause), just about anything can happen with regards to your periods, including brown discharge.
Infection or Inflammatory Condition
Some things like yeast infections, or STIs can cause brown discharge. Please see your doctor for a proper diagnosis.
Although rare, it does happen. One of the symptoms of this is brown discharge.
Why is My Period Blood Brown?
I’m Spotting Brown Blood in the Middle of My Cycle
If you have some brown spotting between periods around ovulation, here are a few possible reasons:
- It’s most common among younger (just started their period), and older people (approaching menopause). Hormones may not be well regulated in these groups of people.
- You’ve just started birth control, or switched to a new one.
Although there are some not so serious reasons why you may be spotting, it is often a cause for concern. It’s recommended that you see your doctor to rule out anything serious.
Brown Discharge After Period
It’s not so uncommon to have some brown discharge after finishing your period. This usually happens because the blood leaving is now quite old, and maybe your period was just a bit slower this month than normal for some reason.
Of course, there are lots of others reasons why you may have some brown discharge after menstruating.
Learn more about this here: Brown Discharge After a Period.
Brown Discharge Before a Period
Brown discharge before you start your period is also not an uncommon thing. The most common reason for it include the following:
- Pregnancy: You may have some brown discharge at around the time you’d expect to get your period, instead of your regular flow. It’s cause by the fertilized egg burrowing into the lining of the uterus.
- Perimenopause: All kinds of things can happen to your menstrual cycle when you’re approaching menopause, including some brown discharge before period. This is because of fluctuating hormone levels (progesterone and estrogen).
- Period just Starting: When your period is just beginning, it may take a day or two to kick into gear. This could result in what seems like brown discharge.
- Reaction to a Pap Test, or vigorous sex: This can sometimes irritate the cervix and cause some bleeding at irregular times.
Light Period Brown Blood: Have your Say!
Have you had the light period, brown blood thing going on ? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with us.