Our monthly period: most women are not eagerly awaiting it. Menstruation is often associated with pain, ailments and a potential limitation of your activities, eating snacks and then we haven’t even gotten to the most difficult part: changing sanitary towels, tampons or cups. Despite the fact that many women are not looking forward to it, there is a positive side for some women; you know that you are not pregnant. Even though this is a heartbreaking reality for others.
If you have a regular cycle, i.e. every 28 days, you know that your hormone levels are balanced. Do you regularly look at your blood during your period? Many people don’t do this, but if you read this article you will find out that this is definitely worth it. By only looking at the colour of your menstrual blood you can learn something important about your health.
If your period is blood pink or light red, it may mean that you are just at the beginning of your period. If this is not the case, and if this pale pink blood occurs between two menstrual periods, then you should probably visit a doctor. If it is the right time for your period but still light in colour, this can be a sign of a beginning pregnancy.
2. Bright red
If your menstrual blood is bright red then you can assume that everything is as it should be. A menstrual period lasts five or six days. If your menstruation lasts longer consult a gynaecologist.
3. Dark red
If you are in the middle of your period and your menstruation is at its peak, the bleeding is often stronger and the blood is dark red. However, if the blood remains a dark colour and you experience heavy bleeding continuously, this could be a symptom of a fibroid. Dark red blood may also indicate elevated oestrogen levels.
If your menstrual blood appears orange-red, it may be that yellow cervical mucus mixes with the shedding uterine lining. What it could also be is a sign of a vaginal infection, especially if the discharge has an unpleasant odour. If so, it’s wise to consult a gynaecologist.
5. Black brown
Many women find it disturbing to see black-brown blood in their sanitary towel, cup or tampon. But don’t worry, it’s completely normal. It is older blood, which – like a scab – changes colour when it no longer circulates.
Grey is the only colour that means you should go to the doctor without hesitation. Clotted, grey bleeding is a sign of an infection or even of a miscarriage. Do not hesitate and go to the doctor right away.
After reading this article, you know what the colour of your menstrual blood could mean, I think you will look at it more carefully next time. If you discover something troubling and you go to the doctor in time, you will be much more likely to be able to avoid the worst.