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Is your vaginal discharge bloody? 6 possible reasons why this happens

Vaginal discharge is normal, but if you're experiencing bloody discharge, then it can be something serious. Read on to know.
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Talk to your healthcare professional in case your vaginal discharge is laced with blood. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Aayushi Gupta Updated: 5 Dec 2023, 16:05 pm IST
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The colour and smell of your vaginal discharge can reveal a lot about your overall health! Do you know why? Vaginal discharge is an important marker of your fertility, hormone balance, and that of the health of your reproductive system. That’s why it is natural to get stressed out if you experience blood in vaginal discharge. If it is laced with blood, it is recommended that you go see a doctor!

What is vaginal discharge

Vaginal discharge is the fluid that comes out of the vaginal canal. This fluid leaks from the vagina each day to remove old cells and debris, keeping the vagina and reproductive tract clean and healthy. Each woman experiences discharge that is unique in volume, consistency, colour, and smell. In fact, it can change from day to day, depending on where a person is in their menstrual cycle. 

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Vaginal discharge is your body’s way of cleaning and protecting the vagina. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Normal vaginal discharge is whitish, not smelly, thick and sticky or slippery and stretchy. It usually varies over the menstrual cycle. 

But bloody vaginal discharge outside your period can seem alarming. It can sometimes signal a major problem. Often, however, minor causes are behind this bloody discharge. So to help us understand the causes of vaginal discharge with blood, we have Dr Shallu Kakkar, additional director, obstetrics and gynaecology, Fortis Escorts Hospital. Let’s read her take on this! 

Causes of bloody vaginal discharge

At times bloody discharge is completely normal. But don’t take our word for it. Instead, read what Dr Kakkar has to say about it. 

1. Trauma

Bloody vaginal discharge can be a cause of any physical trauma or undiagnosed injury. Insert any object into the vagina that can obstruct the flow of vaginal fluid, can result in clear discharge with a little blood. You should visit a doctor in this case. 

2. Infection

Vaginal infections such as sexually transmitted infections (STI) can cause bloody vaginal discharge. A few of these include vaginitis, chlamydia, and Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). This might also lead to clear stretchy discharge with a little blood.

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Sexually transmitted infections are the leading cause of the bloody vaginal discharge. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Pregnancy complications

Bloody discharge that occurs during pregnancy, a time when you should not expect bleeding, can be a sign of severe pregnancy complications such as miscarriage or placental abruption, a condition where the placenta separates from the lining of the uterus.

4. Stretching

At times, you have also seen that rigorous exercising can lead to bloody discharge. So, it would be advised that you avoid it when your period is about to commence.

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5. Hormonal imbalance

If you are getting bloody or brown discharge beyond a day or two of your period, then stress is one of the most prominent factors. It creates a hormonal imbalance in our body which leads to brown discharge. This hormonal imbalance can also happen due to frequent traveling and weather changes.

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Hormonal imbalance can wreak havoc on your vagina health. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

6. Menstrual cycle

“Sometimes, periods can happen untimely, when it is not supposed to happen and this may also create confusion about the reason for bleeding,” says Dr Kakkar. 

7. Yeast infection symptoms

One of the biggest yeast infection symptoms includes itching, swelling, pain and even bleeding. However, the bleeding is very light.

These are the likely reasons for vaginal bloody discharge, if you’re not menstruating.  

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Aayushi Gupta is a health writer with a special interest in trends related to diet, fitness, beauty and intimate health. With around 2 years of experience in the wellness industry, she is connected to leading experts and doctors to provide our readers with factually correct information. ...Read More

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