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A question I get quite often that we’ve all wondered about at some point in time is…
What is that brown spotting after your period?
Because it can feel like a TMI, we often don’t ask these questions out loud. Worse yet, sometimes we think it’s only happening to us.
So here’s the deal - almost all of us have experienced some brown spotting and/or bleeding with our periods. It’s very common. And, it’s not necessarily something to worry about.
Brown blood is oxidized blood, or period blood that has been exposed to oxygen. This can happen when blood from our previous period is pushed out at the beginning of our next period. It can also happen at the end of our periods when blood is flowing more slowly and has more time to be exposed to oxygen.
A little bit of brown blood at the beginning or end of the period is normal. However, if most of your bleeding is brown, then I like to explore options for supporting flow and alleviating stagnation.
How do I support flow & alleviate stagnation in my own menstrual cycle?
> Yoni Steam - I generally do a single yoni steam within 3 days of the arrival of each menstrual cycle to support blood flow and circulation. Yoni steam is the practice of sitting bare-bottom over a vessel of gently steaming herbs designed to support menstrual and pelvic health. Adena Rose Ayurveda is a great resource if you’re looking to learn more about the practice. I have noticed that my periods are noticeably shorter, brighter in color, and have less brown spotting since doing a monthly pre-period steam.
> Castor Oil Packs - Castor oil packs are commonly used in ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine to support flow, encourage detox, and relieve stagnation. They are commonly used over the liver to achieve this, however when working on menstrual and pelvic health many people like to use castor oil packs over their lower abdomen between the belly button and the pelvic bone. When using a castor oil pack for menstrual health I soak a piece of organic cotton flannel in castor oil, place it over top of my lower abdomen, cover with a rag (it will get oily), apply gentle heat for 20-40 minutes, then rinse clean. I maybe do this 3 times a week when working on a menstrual flow issue. Of course, this isn’t health advice. This is simply how I’ve used castor oil packs to support my own menstrual cycle. I highly recommend working with an ayurvedic practitioner (like Adena Rose, above) or an acupuncturist when exploring the use of castor oil packs.
> Maya Abdominal Massage - This is hands-on massage practice from the Mayan lineage that is designed to support menstrual, pelvic, & digestive health. To use this practice, one meets with a trained Maya Massage practitioner to receive hands-on treatment and learn the techniques. Then you’ll be guided to practice them at home on a basis that best serves your cycle needs. Again, Adena Rose Ayurveda is a great resource on Maya Massage as well.
I’m curious to hear from you… Have you ever used yoni steams, castor oil packs, or Maya massage for menstrual health?
Curious about working with me to learn how to track your cycle and have better menstrual cycles? You can learn all about working with me here.
IMPORTANT - Please always discuss menstrual cycle and period concerns with your doctor, especially if bleeding seems abnormal or unusual. The information provided here is not intended to serve as medical advice, simply an educational resource to help you have more empowered conversations with your health care providers.
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