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By April 26, 2016 - 3:26am
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I had started my period yesterday after track practice... but it was insanely light and had brown clumps, but there was still red blood. I know that towards the end of your period that is normal but is it normal the first day ? I woke up this morning expecting my usual heavy day, but it was still insanely light with brown clumps and there was nearly nothing on the pad.. Is it normal for my period to be that way the first day or is something wrong?

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Hello Genevieve Lynn,

Thank you for reaching out to our community with your concern about this change in your menstrual flow.

I see that you posted a question on April 22. In that post, you mentioned what your day is like with track practice, school and a job. Taking all of that into consideration, along with stressing out if you might have become pregnant, this might explain why your period for April was delayed as well as a lighter than normal flow with old blood.

Some women will have brown spotting a day or so before the start of a period and sometimes, at the end. Brown discharge is simply old blood and uterine lining left from the last period.

I really don't think you should worry, right now. Wait and see if your period progresses to a normal flow that is red in color. If this pattern of late periods, lighter flow and brown discharge continues, consider scheduling an exam with a gynecologist. This would be a good idea since you are sexually active and if not on birth control, should be.


April 26, 2016 - 8:14am
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