The American College of Obstetricians published a report that the color of one’s period blood can tell a lot of things about a woman’s health. The study suggests viewing it as a vital way of monitoring blood pressure, pulse, and temperature.
Let’s decode the colors of period blood and know what each color means (and when to be concerned).
Colors that should not cause concern:
BLOOD RED blood tells you that it is fresh or new. Some women constantly stay in this shade, meaning their cycle is consistent.
DARK RED blood means that the blood has been stuck in the uterus for a while. You may see this when you wake up in the morning and head to the bathroom. It also happens during the middle of your cycle.
BROWN means old blood and it usually occurs at the beginning or end of your menstrual cycle. You may also encounter this blood color if you have very light bleeding as it takes some time to come out. However, brown blood during in-between periods may be a concern.
Colors that should concern you
ORANGE blood is still normal when mixed with cervical mucous, but sometimes it is a sign of infection.
GREY period color is a sign of infection or miscarriage.
PINK blood is considered normal. Unless it occurs earlier, it may be a sign of early pregnancy, hormonal disorder, or other reproductive diseases.
Other helpful facts
1. A normal cycle is 21-35 days but if you are experiencing in-between periods which may be bright red, dark red, or brown, call your doctor in regards with your irregular bleeding.
2. Color changes of menstrual cycle are not a concern. However, if you constantly have heavy periods and bleed through pads, you may become anemic. Ask your doctor’s help to easy your period.
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