Your period blood probably isn’t something you pay a lot of attention to unless you notice that something seems off. Maybe it’s usually bright red, and then one month, it looks more like a dark brown color. Or maybe it’s always a pink shade, and then out of nowhere, it looks more murky. Suddenly, you start to get worried about what’s coming out of your vagina. Is different colored blood the sign of a serious health issue? Or is it totally normal and something you don’t need to worry about? As it turns out, it could be either one. The color of your period blood can tell you more about your health than you think!
The color of your period blood can change depending on what’s going on with your body. For example, if you start to use an IUD, you might find that your blood is a lot heavier and darker. Or if you’ve just started using birth control pills, you might notice the opposite – the blood will probably be lighter colored. Ideally, your period blood should be a bright, vibrant red. This indicates a healthy menstrual cycle and normal flow. But things change, and you will definitely not always see a perfect red shade of blood down there every single month. Want to know if something if you should be calling your doctor? Here are a few important things your period blood can tell you about your body:
You Have EndometriosisYou might sometimes notice darker blood at the end of your period or when spotting. This is often leftover blood that has been sitting around in your body and by the time it comes out, it's really dark red. That's normal. But if your blood is SUPER dark, like almost black, and it happens quite often, it could be a sign of endometriosis, and could be a sign that you might one day have trouble getting pregnant. Endometriosis has other symptoms, like severe cramping, so if you experience that too, you might want to talk to your doctor.
You Have An InfectionBlood with an orange tint to it could be two things: perfectly normal or a sign of an infection. If the blood is orangey-red and has a weird smell or strange texture, it could be the result of an infection. If it's normal texture and smell, then it's probably fine.
You Have An STDDoes your period blood have a weird gray tinge to it? This might mean you have an STD or some other kind of infection. If that's the case, you'll almost definitely also notice a foul smell. If you suspect that's happening, definitely go get tested. Period blood shouldn't generally look gray - it should be more red, or if anything, more redish brown.
You Have A Polyp or FibroidIs your period super heavy and the blood a deep red shade? Does it last longer than a week? If so, you might have a polyp or a fibroid. These things sound scary and bad, but they are really just benign growths on the uterine lining, and they're more common than you think. While polyps go away on their own, fibroids often require medication.
You Have An Iron DeficiencyIs your period always super heavy and a deep red color? This could be a sign that you have an iron deficiency. If your period is always super heavy (like you have to wake up to change your tampon or you bleed through your pad in an hour), you might want to get your iron checked out.
You're AnemicIf your period blood is usually a watery red shade, like a light red, you may have anemia. A diluted flow can indicate this nutritional deficiency. If you notice that your period is a lighter, watery color towards the end of the week, that's normal. But if your period is getting lighter when it would normally be heavy (like in the first few days), it could be a sign of anemia. It could also be from a bad diet. Either way, if you notice it's weirdly light, you should consider talking to a doctor.
You Have High Levels Of EstrogenExperiencing some clots when you get your period is normal - it's just your uterine lining shedding and coming out too fast to be more of a liquid. But if you're experiencing a lot of clots every month, it might mean you have high levels of estrogen - that's especially true if the clots are large, like the size of a quarter.
You're Normal!We get a lot of questions about what it means if period blood is brownish. This is typically just a sign of leftover blood coming out - it's been sitting in your body for a while, so it gets darker in color and looks almost brown when it comes out. It's normal and not something to worry about!
What color is your period blood usually? Do any of these apply to you? Share in the comments.