Period blood is such an important topic because the color of your blood can give you important health insights about your body. You need not get record the data in your diary, normal observation is more than enough. So, let’s see what your periods are telling about your health.
Bright red color: Period flow typically becomes heavier on the second of the cycle as the uterine lining can shed faster. Bright red period blood is newer blood, so it doesn’t have time to darken before it exits your body. It may stay this color for your entire period, or it may darken each day.
Brown color: After you’ve had your period for a couple days, the blood may start to transition from bright red to a darker, brownish hue. Brownish blood is basically just older blood that’s been in your uterus for a lot longer than fresh blood.
Pink color: Spotting is any bleeding that happens outside of your regular period. Some people experience spotting mid-cycle, also known as ovulation bleeding. Bleeding that mixes with fertile cervical fluid can appear light red or pinkish. But often, it can be an early sign of a vaginal infection. If it is a vaginal infection, the color of your discharge will also change and probably smell a little funky. Often, these infections are bacterial infections or sexually transmitted infections. It could be also a result of low estrogen levels. Especially if it’s accompanied by a lighter-than-usual flow, or if you work out a lot. It’s common for female professional athletes to stop ovulating.
Clotting: Blood clots i.e., those thick blobs of blood that can appear during your period are generally not too worrisome. They’re simply a function of your bleeding and as long as they don’t happen all the time and they’re under the size of a quarter, you’re probably fine. But if you have large clots on a regular basis, they could be indicative of a larger problem.
Gray: If you have grayish discharge, talk to your doctor as this can be the sign of an infection or a miscarriage.
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Reported by Dr. Himani