We all know that periods may change in duration and flow, but did you know that the color of your period can also give you important clues to your health and what is going on in your cycle?
From how often you get it, how long it lasts, how heavy your flow is and the color of your blood… your period is your monthly report card.
You might have questions about your menstrual cycle or maybe you’re not even sure what a period is… that’s okay! I am here to give you the low-down on what’s happening with your body during your period.
What is happening during menstruation:
🩸If you had a healthy ovulation, then you‘ll ideally have a healthy period that month as well (bleeding does not always mean you ovulated though!)
🩸Tissue lining is being shed
🩸Progesterone and estrogen levels will start to drop resulting in moodiness, feeling tired, headaches, or body aches. When your hormones are balanced, you can still feel these symptoms, but they’ll likely be less extreme!
What a healthy period looks like:
✅Occurs every 21-35 days
✅Mostly liquid, not many clots and clots should typically be no larger than a dime
✅Mild cramping is normal, as your uterus is contracting to shed the lining
On average, the menstrual cycle lasts for two to seven days each month.
Remember: no two mestruators have exactly the same cycle.
It is important to note that if you are currently using a hormonal method of birth control or an IUD, you cannot rely on your period to tell you as much. The bleed you experience on the pill is not an actual period, it is withdrawal bleeding.
This is ‘typical’ period blood. It means your flow is healthy and fresh. It may healthy deepend in color towards the end of your bleed
Deep 4ed blood will likely come at the beginning and/ or end of your bleed and often signifies old blood.
Pink blood is a mix of period blood + cervical mucus. This color of blood occurs more often on the pill, and can also be a sign of weight loss or anemia.
Brown blood can serve as another sign of older blood and will typically appear the beginning or end of your period. Keep in mind, brown blood can also be a sign of pregnancy. If brown blood occurs when you’re not experiencing your period, check with your OBGYN.
Black Blood can be another sign of old blood and may be nirmal, but if there is any other symptoms such as itching or burning check with your OBGYN.
Grey Blood is usually a sign of BC. Go see your OBGYN.
Like a pink period, orange blood can be a sign of cervical mucus + period blood, but can also be a sign of BV so if you have any abnormal symptoms like itching, odor – check with your OBGYN.
In addition to blood color, some other things to take note of are:
🌿How long the period lasts – Ideally, between 3-7 days of bleeding
🌿Blood loss – The goal is to lose between 30-50mL of blood over the entire period, a regular tampon holds about 5mL – this is where a period cup rocks because it is the perfect way to measure blood loss
🌿Cycle length – A healthy cycle comes every 21-35 days
🌿Symptoms – Cramps, headaches, fatigue, bloating, nausea, etc
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Calee Shea is a Holistic Health Practioner based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is your go-to gal for all things periods, vaginal health, and sex.