In recent years, the topic of periods and period blood have become much less taboo in our society. It’s important to know exactly what your particular period blood looks like, as this can save you from dangerous health conditions. To give you an example, if your period is colored a lighter pink, this may signify lower estrogen than normal and may be a sign of osteoporosis later on in your life.
Our Blog can help you find out what exactly the color and/or consistency of your period blood will tell you about your health situation and how to deal with anything it reveals.
Below we break down 7 different period colors and/or consistencies, and what they mean for your health:
7. Pink-ish color
Pink-colored period blood can signify that you have low estrogen levels. This could be because you’re very physical active (ex// an active runner), since running and playing sports have been shown to cause estrogen level drops.
It’s definitely something you should look out for, as studies have shown connections between low estrogen and a risk of osteoporosis later in life.
A water period consistency – which is nearly colorless or is an exceptionally light pink – can mean you are deficient of nutrients and/or have ovarian cancer. Don’t worry too much however, as ovarian cancer accounts for below 2% of all types of gynecological cancer.
5. Dark brown
If your period is dark brown (or dark red), this can mean there’s been older blood stuck inside your uterus for an extended period. It’s unknown why this occurs, but it’s normal so don’t worry about it!
4. Thick and looks like jam with clots
A thick and jam-like consistency with darker red clots may mean you have higher estrogen levels and lower progesterone levels. Usually this doesn’t mean anything, though if these clots are frequent and large, you may have a hormonal imbalance. Fibroids that are inside your uterus may also be causing this. This is also relatively normal, so don’t worry about this either.
3. Gray-reddish mix
A grey and/or greyish-red period color could mean two different things: 1) you have a sexually transmitted disease infection, or (if you’ve missed at least 1 period), 2) an early miscarriage.
2. Cranberry red color
This color of period blood is a healthy normal color for periods. But you should not that what’s normal for most people may not be normal for everyone. Scheduling a regular appointment with your doctor to regularly check your periods is important.
Like the previously mentioned red-gray mix, this color means you might have an infection. Bad odors and harsh pains will usually accompany this if it’s indeed an STI/STD infection.
Now that you know what your period blood color says about health, you should contact your gynecologist to make an appointment! Please leave a comment below and let you know your thoughts!
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