Pink Discharge: What Does Pink Discharge Mean?
Many women are accustomed to the sight of red menstrual blood and clear or white vaginal discharge during their childbearing years. But did you know that some women also experience extremely heavy periods, irregular bleeding between periods, and even pink discharge at times? While not always the case, such symptoms can indicate the presence of uterine fibroids –– a common type of noncancerous growth that affects up to 85 percent of women by age 50.
If you notice any changes or irregularities in your bleeding or discharge, we recommend contacting your doctor as soon as possible. Be sure to discuss exactly what you see and when it occurs. For example, you might share that you are noticing light pink discharge at the beginning of your periods, or having breakthrough bleeding mid-cycle.
- Heavy, lengthy periods
- Breakthrough bleeding
- Increased cramping
- Blood clots larger than the size of a quarter
- Increased vaginal discharge of any type
- Unusually colored discharge, including gray, yellow-green, or pink
Along with screening for fibroids, your doctor may look for signs of infection, pregnancy complications, and ovarian or cervical cancer. Ultimately, whatever the underlying cause of your symptoms, seeking prompt medical attention will almost always lead to the best possible outcome for you. At USA Fibroid Centers, we are available to answer any questions you may have about abnormal bleeding, pink spotting, light pink discharge, or other related symptoms. Give us a call at 855.615.2555 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.
Why Is My Discharge Pink?
If you have ever wondered, why is there a light pink discharge when I wipe?, you are not alone. The first thing we want you to know is that pink spotting or discharge is common and not necessarily a reason to be concerned. Nonetheless, it is a good idea to discuss the issue with your doctor to rule out any serious health conditions.
There are quite a few potential causes of pink discharge or pink period blood. Some of these include:
The beginning or end of your period: It is usually considered normal to have pink discharge instead of bright red blood as your period begins or ends. This can appear as pink spotting or as light pink and watery period blood.
Abnormal periods: Period irregularities may be to blame for pink discharge. If you experience only light periods, your bleeding may appear as pink discharge. Mid-cycle breakthrough bleeding can also result in pink or light pink discharge. If you notice any irregular bleeding or discharge of any hue, it is important to contact your doctor to discover the underlying cause.
Miscarriage: Sadly, early pregnancy loss is very common and can sometimes cause pink discharge. If you are pregnant and experience pink spotting or any other type of bleeding, it is critical to seek medical attention immediately.
Infection: Several types of sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) can cause pink or light pink discharge. Keep an eye out for accompanying symptoms like pain during sex, painful urination and pelvic pain or pressure. To avoid potentially dangerous complications, get medical help as soon as possible.
Cervical cancer: Rarely, pink spotting or discharge can be a sign of cervical cancer. Many cervical cancer symptoms overlap with those of less serious health conditions, so medical testing is required for an accurate diagnosis. If you notice watery discharge, irregular bleeding, or pain and bleeding during or after sex, please don’t ignore your symptoms. If cervical cancer is the cause, early treatment can potentially save your life.
Uterine Fibroids: Many individuals are surprised to learn that 70 to 80% of women are affected by uterine fibroids by age 50. Fibroids can cause a range of uncomfortable symptoms, including heavy periods, severe cramps, frequent urination, bleeding between cycles, or pink period blood. We will discuss fibroids in detail below.
Pink Discharge Before Period
If you experience pink discharge before periods, this may be due to any of the above causes. The only way to know for sure what is going on is to contact your doctor for a full evaluation.
Pink Discharge After Period
The same thing goes if you have pink discharge after periods. It may be nothing to worry about, or it may be a sign of an underlying health condition. Again, we recommend discussing your symptoms with your doctor as soon as possible.
What Are Uterine Fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are common, noncancerous growths that occur in or on the uterus. They can develop individually or in clusters, and range in size from a tiny pea to larger than a melon. The good news is that fibroids are not life-threatening. However, while not inherently dangerous, they have the potential to put pressure on surrounding organs, inhibit your daily life, and negatively impact fertility. Although some women aren’t aware of their presence, others are severely impacted by painful fibroid symptoms.
- Heavy or prolonged menstruation
- Bleeding between or during your periods
- Anemia, which can lead to fatigue
- Pain during intercourse
- Frequent urination
- Constipation and/or bloating
- Pain in your pelvis, lower back, or legs
- Increased menstrual cramping
- Stomach swelling
- Watery vaginal discharge
- Pink spotting or vaginal discharge
If you suspect you may have uterine fibroids but haven’t yet been diagnosed, we encourage you to contact a fibroid specialist as soon as possible. We generally recommend seeking treatment when your career, social life, personal relationships, and/or self-esteem are affected.
We also want to assure you that there are numerous treatment options to explore –– both surgical and nonsurgical.
What Is Fibroid Discharge?
If you have noticed pink discharge, you may have some questions about whether or not you should see a doctor. You may be wondering, “Why am I seeing pink period blood before or during my cycle?” or, “Is pink a typical fibroid discharge color?” Additionally, you also may be concerned that it is a sign of something more serious than fibroids.
Fibroids themselves don’t actually secrete any discharge; however, uterine fibroids can contribute to increased menstrual bleeding, bleeding between periods, large blood clots, watery discharge, or pink discharge. Light bleeding during your period mixed with cervical fluid can often cause pink spotting.This combination can appear as a pink hue when it leaves your body. Although, only a medical professional can accurately determine exactly what is going on with your specific situation.
If your light pink discharge occurs at the beginning or end of your period, this is usually considered normal. But pink discharge can also indicate infection, hormonal imbalance, vaginal irritation, or even implantation bleeding.
We want you to understand that having pink spotting or discharge doesn’t always mean that you have fibroids. To receive a fibroid diagnosis, you need to visit your doctor, who will likely conduct a pelvic exam. If they suspect you have fibroids, this can be confirmed with ultrasound or MRI imaging. Either of these scans can potentially determine the number, location, and size of any growths.
Discover Uterine Fibroid Treatment at USA Fibroid Centers
If pink spotting or discharge, as well as other fibroid symptoms are negatively impacting your life, we can help. Although many women are told that a hysterectomy –– the surgical removal of the uterus –– is the only available fibroid treatment option, the reality is that this simply isn’t true.
At USA Fibroid Centers, our fibroid experts offer a unique, nonsurgical approach called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). This technique is a minimally-invasive, outpatient treatment performed by specialized interventional radiologists in dozens of state-of-the-art USA Fibroid Centers across the country.
Advantages of UFE:
- Takes only 30 to 45 minutes
- No general anesthesia, only a local sedative
- Involves a short recovery of only one to two weeks
- Has fewer risks than fibroid surgery
- No hospital stay, so you can go home the same day
- You won’t have any stitches or scarring
- Leaves the uterus fully intact
During UFE, our experts use fibroid mapping –– a specialized ultrasound technique –– to locate your fibroids. Next, a tiny catheter is inserted into your numbed upper thigh. Then, embolic materials are injected through the catheter, blocking the main blood supply to the fibroid(s) and causing it to shrink over time. As the fibroid shrinks, you’ll notice that your symptoms will begin improving and become less noticeable as time goes on.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization can quickly and effectively eliminate your fibroid symptoms. Ignoring the signs and symptoms of uterine fibroids won’t make them go away. USA Fibroid Centers is here to help you to take back control of your life. For your safety and convenience, we also offer telemedicine consultations.