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What does a brownish discharge 2 weeks before my period mean?

Updated July 18, 2017

You will probably be alarmed if you have any type of vaginal bleeding or spotting between periods. Although brown spotting two weeks before your period could signal a more serious problem, it may also be an early sign of pregnancy.

Function

After your period, your uterine lining thickens to provide nutrients for a fertilised egg that may eventually grow into a baby. If the egg that is released mid-month is unfertilised, it will shed with the lining at the end of the month during your period.

Time Frame

If you are having a normal monthly cycle, spotting or discharge two weeks before your period corresponds closely with ovulation. A brownish discharge can be caused by implantation bleeding, which occurs when a fertilised egg attaches to the uterine wall.

Considerations

There are several possible causes of mid-cycle bleeding or spotting, including uterine fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, hormonal contraception, implantation bleeding from a pregnancy, a tear from sexual intercourse or cancer, according to MedLine Plus (Reference 2).

Theories/Speculation

Very light spotting at mid-month may be a sign of pregnancy. As many as 40 per cent of pregnancies may end in miscarriage because these losses can occur before a woman knows she is pregnant, according to the March of Dimes (Reference 1).

Warning

Bleeding or spotting between periods could indicate a serious problem. Talk to your doctor about any abnormal discharge, particularly if you are bleeding heavily or for more than a few days.

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About the Author

Genevieve Hawkins has been a freelance writer and editor for seven years. She graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor's degree in psychology and studied for her master's degree in social psychology. Hawkins has published articles on both the Internet and in print for Valley Scene Magazine, Infosearch Media, Examiner and Investrend, and she edits corporate transcripts for Factset Research.