For the past two months the week before my period I have a very dark brown to blackish discharge. It's always the week right before my period and I usually have to wear a panty liner. I am currently on ortho-tricyclen lo and I have changed the time in which I take the pills. I do not have any pain, itching or any other symptoms besides this.
Sound normal, you guys?
Of course, you should ask your doctor, but if the color is the only thing bothersome, it sounds like "old" blood. This happens when your uterus slowly sheds the endometrium. The longer the blood is in your body before, during or after your period, the color will become dark. Just remember, new bleeds are bright red or pink in color and old blood is brown or dark brown. Just make sure you are douching after your period, but not too often as this kills the good bacteria in your vagina which balance the yeast. If you douche too often, you can get bad yeast infections. It's very bothersome and much of an inconvenience.
Not such a good idea anymore, researchers dont recommend douching now for the following reasons. Better just to let our bodies clean themselves naturally and go to the doctor for any worries............
According to a study published by the American Journal of Public Health, douching may reduce a woman's chance of becoming pregnant during a particular month by approximately thirty percent.
Regular vaginal douching changes the delicate chemical balance of the vagina and can make a woman more susceptible to infections. Douching can introduce new bacteria into the vagina which can spread up through the cervix, uterus, and fallopian tubes. Researchers have found that women who douche regularly experience more vaginal irritations and infections such as bacterial vaginosis, and an increased number of sexually transmitted diseases.
Furthermore, regular users of vaginal douches face a 73% greater risk of developing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) -- a chronic condition that can lead to infertility, or even death, if left untreated. Bacterial vaginosis and PID can have serious adverse affects on pregnancy including infections in the baby, labor problems, and preterm delivery.