Why is There a Brownish Tinge to My Cervical Mucus?

Cervical Mucus: What is It?

Cervical mucus is one of many types of vaginal discharges and like the rest, it serves a very important purpose in your body. The primary roles played by cervical mucus are with regard to conception and pregnancy, especially when it comes to allowing for fertilization after intercourse. It is also important to note that hormonal fluctuations can change the composition of cervical mucus throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle as well.

Additionally, cervical mucus serves as an indicator of your reproductive health while also providing you with information about your fertility. If you ever want to check your cervical mucus for this purpose, you can do so with your fingers or even with toilet paper if you prefer.

Throughout the majority of your cycle, your cervical mucus serves an invaluable role by forming a thick plug that stops sperm from entering your uterus. Before ovulation occurs, the volume of your mucus will increase while also thinning out and becoming stretchy. This happens as a result of increased levels of estrogen in your body that occurs in conjunction with ovulation.

Why is There a Brownish Tinge to My Cervical Mucus?

While most women assume that there is a problem with their body if their cervical mucus is brown, this generally isn’t the case. In fact, there are many reasons why you might have a brownish tinge to your cervical mucus, so there is no reason to panic.

The most common reason why you will experience a brownish tinge to your cervical mucus is because your body is releasing old blood that might still be remaining from your last period. Additionally, a brown tinge is often present during ovulation, if you have experienced a ruptured follicle, or due to trauma to the cervix. Of course, this doesn’t always mean trauma, since trauma can be something as simple as sexual intercourse or possibly an infection.

Less frequently, you will experience a brownish tinge as a result of implantation, meaning that you are pregnant. Following ovulation, a mature ovum is released and can be fertilized if there is a healthy sperm present at the time of its release. If this occurs, you are likely to get pregnant and when an ovum implants itself into the uterine lining, blood is often released. While this isn’t a large amount of blood, it is often enough to make your cervical mucus brown. Often, most women won’t even notice if they have a brownish tinge to their mucus. If you don’t regularly conduct cervical mucus checks, you aren’t likely to take notice of this change either.

As you can see, there are two main things that a brownish tinge can mean when it comes to your cervical mucus. Most frequently, it is an indication of either ovulation or implantation. It is always beneficial if you take the time to monitor changes in your cervical mucus over time, especially because it can tell you so much about your reproductive health and what is occurring in your body. Of course, it can also serve as a tool in helping to predict ovulation and plan pregnancies when you’re also monitoring your basal body temperature.

  • melly93

    Brown cervical mucus and stretchy almost a week after period. Intercourse before,during and after period then this kind of mucus.What can it be?Confused.

  • Tanya

    I’m having the same thing. A little brown blood with with a little brown mucus. Could I finally be pregnant after 13 years of trying!?!?!?!

  • cassidy Crawford

    I went to the bath room this morning urinating. The flow of my urine is slow if im on my period so looked in the toilet just as i look,cm had fell the toilet tinged with brown blood. Its a day before my period. And i fall asleep everday at 12pm just so uncontrollable tired.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    It sounds like your period could be on it’s way. If it doesn’t come, you should definitely take a pregnancy test.

  • cassidy Crawford

    I came on

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    If you continue to be unbearably tired, you might want to get your doctor to do some blood work to see if your iron levels are low.

  • Valerie :)

    Hello there can someone help me I thought I had my period on the 15-19th it was very light I was supposedly ovulating on the 30th I had sex on the 25’27’28 now yesterday I started spotting brownish and today its brownish with clear discharge what could that be ? Fyi its the first time I see spotting since 2 months ago when I was only depo

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Based on the timing, that could just be ovulatory bleeding. When the egg is released, sometimes a bit of blood is as well.

  • Valerie :)

    So whats the possiblity of being pregnant? Sorry for my questions Im just curious

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    If you did ovulate on the 30th, pregnancy is a possibility as healthy sperm can survive up to 5 days after ejaculation.

  • Brandi

    Hey ladies, I’m a bit scared. I was on the depo shot for the first time. I bled every day for 3 months. I never get back on it. A month after being off the depo I got on the bc pills. I took all but 3 pills at the end. It’s been a month now with out any bc. Lately I have been spotting very light. Then I go pee and there is a little blood when I wipe. For 1 day I used one tampon. Hardly any blood at all. But when I pulled it out it had a deep darker brown color. I have cramps here and there. Thinking maybe I was pregnant. I been taking test. Negatives. Then today I went pee and it was a slow flow. Then I look down and there hanging a long stretchy goo which was as long as my hand. Had a blood tinge to it. I pee. A lot and I’m always falling a sleep real early. I have gained weight. I have no insurance. What can this be I need help.

  • nishu

    Hii I had miscarriage on 18 march after that each month I had 5 days brown discharge before periods. Anyone experienced this??

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Sorry, but unfortunately, I am not a medical person and have no idea what is going on with your body. If you think you are pregnant, you should take care of yourself as if you are pregnant. Maybe you could go to a planned parenthood to get care since you do not have insurance?

  • layla

    hi i am having yellowish clear stringy discharge with a brown tinge to it i have not yet stater periods and im 14 years old i had this brown tinge a month ago around the same time. im worried what is this?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    This sounds like something you should talk to your doctor about.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    It sounds like your body is trying to get ready for when your period starts fully especially if it happens around the same time of the month. I don’t think it’s anything to worry about.

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