What Does Lochia Discharge Look Like?

What Does Lochia Discharge Look Like?

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Lochia discharge is vaginal discharge that occurs after giving birth. This discharge will contain blood, mucus and uterine tissue. Typically, it will be heaviest for the first couple of days and will disappear after a couple of weeks. However, it is possible for the discharge to continue for four to six weeks after a woman gives birth. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

The discharge will be red in color because it contains a great amount of blood. After about ten days, the discharge will change. During this time, the discharge will thin and begin turning brown or pink. The reason for this change is because of the decrease in the amount of red blood cells that are now present and the increase in the amount of other tissue. If this continues for several weeks, report this to your doctor.

Lochia discharge will also change towards the end of the cycle. By about the second week it will begin to contain very few red blood cells. This will usually last for about the third to the sixth week after giving birth. If this continues for a few weeks, it is also necessary to report it to your doctor. There is a possibility that an infection will occur during this time that needs to be treated.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).