All women experience menstruation differently. They all have questioned their menstrual flow especially the color of it.
Pay Attention to the following:
- Changes in cycle length
- Flow volume
- This is first day of one period to the first day of the next period.
- Average: 28days.
- Normal: 21-35days.
- These are the days of bleeding.
- Normal: 3-8days.
- Normal: 1-6 tablespoons.
- Onset of first menses.
- Normal: 8-16years
- Cessation of Menses.
- Normal: 45-55years.
Menstrual blood may be brown, black, dark red, bright red, pink, orange or grey. The color may not signify anything serious. Keep in mind that the darker colors (brown, black) signify old blood or blood that has reacted with air (oxygen) the same way the blood on a bandaged fresh wound changes from bright red too dark after some time.
- DARK BROWN
You may see dark brown blood at the beginning of the end of your cycle, but IT IS NORMAL. This color is perfectly normal, it actually tells you that the blood is old; the blood at times sits in your uterine lining from your previous cycle which most times takes a while to leave your body.
- DARK RED
This is usually the color you will see first thing in the morning after you have been lying down for a while, or during the middle of your cycle when your flow is starting to slow down. This is also NORMAL.
- BRIGHT RED
If you notice a cranberry-like shade on your pad or tampon it means the blood is new perhaps it is your first day, this is NORMAL. This color usually means that your flow is heavy but it is really a good sign that everything is functioning properly.
- A MIXTURE OF GRAY & RED
Okay now, it’s time to PANIC! Gray or off-white clumps mixed in your blood almost always signals bad news. If you are sexually active, it could mean you have contracted some form of STI or STD. However, if you are pregnant then you may be experiencing a miscarriage. Either way, it goes you should contact your doctor ASAP!
Have you recently started exercising frequently, lifting heavy weights or running? Well, you may start to notice a pinkish, lighter-than-usual flow. Also if you are on some sort of hormonal birth control, it could cause your estrogen level to drop thus the lighter shade. A poor diet can also be the cause of the pink colored blood.
ABSENT OF MENSES
- Birth control
- Hormonal imbalance
- Too much exercise
- Poor diet/Nutrition
- Sudden weight gain/loss
- Low body fat
- Prolonged/heaving bleeding.
- Severe pain.
- Bleeding between periods.
- Changing pads less than 2hourly.
- Sudden absent or irregular menses
- Bleeding after menopause.
Pay attention! Your Menses may give information about your overall health.
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