What Does The Colour Of Period Blood Mean?

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Menstruation is a normal part of a woman's life. It is the cyclical shedding of the lining of the uterus. This shedding takes place every month for a period of 6-7 days.

During these days, a woman can witness abdominal cramping, alongside some different minor problems like headaches and tummy upsets or even constipation.

What Is The Colour Of Your Period Blood?

Now, when the menstrual blood flows out of the body quickly, the colour will be red on the heavier days or pink on the lighter days.

Sometimes, most women may notice black or brown blood during their period and this generally becomes a worry.

Period Blood

According to experts, dark-coloured menstrual blood indicates that the blood is flowing out of the body at a slower rate from the vagina.

On the other hand, it is also stated that women should not witness too much of pain during the cycle, as it is one of the signs of fibroids. So, today, let us discuss what does the colour of your period blood mean.

If you are witnessing any of these colours, you should know what they signify and in turn get yourself treated:

what does the colour of period blood mean

Brown Colour: The dark brown blood colour signifies old blood. This blood has been stored in the uterus for a long time and has taken a longer time to shed. This type of blood is usually seen early in the morning.

Red Colour: This blood is new and shed immediately from the body. This type of blood flow is very light and it is witnessed during a heavy flow day when the blood is released quickly without having time to darken.

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Medium Red Or Cranberry Colour: This is a healthy colour for a period. This colour is usually seen on the 2nd day of the period. Experts explain that those who have a longer period cycle expel the uterine lining at an overall slower rate and, over time, this cranberry shade changes to a deeper red colour, which again is quite normal.

Black Or Grey Colour: This colour is alarming; and if you witness this type of a period blood, it should not be ignored. Grey or black blood refers to a miscarriage or an infection in the uterus. However, black period blood seen during the 4th day of the period along with some strokes of red is nothing to worry about, as it is congealed blood.

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Orange Colour: This colour is seen when the blood is mixed with fluids from the cervix. However, bright orange-coloured blood also indicates a possible infection. So, if you have witnessed this colour or any colour a little different from red in your period blood, it is best to consult a doctor and not ignore it.

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Story first published: Thursday, February 25, 2016, 17:00 [IST]
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