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7 Shades of Red - What do Colors of Your Menstrual Blood Mean

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Have you ever paid attention to the color of your menstrual blood? Perhaps you’ve noticed that it changes its shade from a bright red at the beginning of your period to a darker shade at the end of it. It’s a normal process as the bleeding gradually slows down.
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Published May 31st, 2019


7 Shades of Red - What do Colors of Your Menstrual Blood Mean

Have you ever paid attention to the color of your menstrual blood? Perhaps you’ve noticed that it changes its shade from a bright red at the beginning of your period to a darker shade at the end of it. It’s a normal process as the bleeding gradually slows down.

But sometimes the color throughout the entire period differs from what is considered a norm. There’s no reason to panic but you should ask for an appointment with your gynecologist if you notice something strange about your menstrual blood color.

But how do you know that there is “something strange” or not? There is a list of different shades of menstrual blood and conditions they may tell about. However, you can’t be sure in any of them until you visit your doctor and go through diagnostic procedures he or she recommends. The color change is just a cause for a consultation.

Bright red

Congratulations! This is exactly how a healthy woman’s period blood looks like. Everything is fine, nothing to worry about.

Pinky red

If you are not leading a very active way of life that involves lots of physical activity, this may mean a low level of estrogen. Check your hormones.

Slightly colored blood

If the color of blood is barely present, that means your body lacks nutritive elements. This can happen due to metabolic diseases, ovarian cancer or severe diet. Try to eat healthy balanced food, take vitamins and go through a full body diagnostic.

Greyish shade

This is totally a warning sign. Pink blood with a greyish shade may mean either an infection (cervicitis, vaginitis, STDs, etc.) or miscarriage. Call your doctor to consult.

Very dark blood

If your period blood is very dark and there are many blood clots, this may mean you have a hormonal imbalance. The lack of progesterone and excess of estrogen often causes such color and consistency. Check your hormonal balance.

Orange color

If you also feel an unpleasant smell and your menstrual pain is very severe, this is more likely an infection. Inform your gynecologist about it as soon as possible.

Dark brown

This usually happens if your period is late or comes to an end. The blood that couldn’t come out for a longer time than expected, clots and its color naturally become darker. There is nothing to worry about.

In any case, if you ask your gynecologist about it, you receive more information because only your doctor knows your individual issues that may influence the color of your period blood. Feel free to ask about anything that bothers you.

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