Question: I've been seeing a lot of brown stuff in my undies not knowing if it my period or just poop. I haven't seen any other brown stuff at all.

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    Rachel Wilkerson
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    Molly O’Shea is a health advocate here to help you with your period.
    Molly O'Shea
  • One really good way to tell the difference is to notice where the brown stuff is appearing in your underwear. If it’s appearing toward the front, like where your vagina is when you have them on, then it’s likely your period. If it’s toward the back, where your bum sits, then it could possibly be poop. Sometimes it helps to wipe too – if you wipe just in the front and the same brown stuff appears, it’s also a sign that it’s your period.


    (If you’re like me, you could check your mood too! Whenever I’m unsure if I’m getting my period or if it’s something else, I ask myself, “Have I randomly yelled at someone or burst into tears today?” If the answer is yes…it’s my period.)


    And a lot of times when you’re experiencing brown, streaky blood, it can disappear without warning! It just might be that your body is starting to have a period, but it’s not quite all the way there yet.

  • That’s tricky! Sometimes it is hard to tell whether the brown stuff is a bit of spotting (from a period that isn’t quite ready to start) or poop, but here are some clues. First, when you wipe, try to wipe just in front and in the vaginal area and take a look at it. If it is brownish at all, then the discharge you see in your panties is from your vagina. If, when you wipe more up front and over the vaginal area you don’t see anything, but you get some brown on the toilet paper when you wipe your butt, then this is most likely poop. If you find out that the brownish stuff is from your vagina area, then wearing a little pad makes great sense to feel clean and dry. But if this is poop, then using a flushable wipe when you use the bathroom would be a great plan. I hope this helps!

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