What your period colour says about your health

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Mar 28, 2016

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  • Menstruation is an important method to evaluate your reproductive as well as overall health.
  • Spectrum of menstrual blood color provides proper signals about your health conditions.
  • Change in period colour indicates disease.
  • Consult your doctor if the condition persists.

You have probably read a lot about mensuration cycle and why it actually happens. But just like having regular or irregular period has a lot to say about your health, the colour of mensuration can't be left unnoticed.


Yes, while you focus more on whether you will have your periods on the due date or late and how you are going to tackle those days without missing out on your scheduled plans, you often fail to realize that it's colour also matters . Let's see what does colour of menstrual cycle actually mean.


Implications of various colors of menstrual blood

The colour of the period may vary from bright red to blackish. While changes in period colour are many of the times considered normal however in certain cases it may be sign of certain diseases like endometriosis or uterine cancer. Let’s have a look what each colour indicate about your overall health.


A bright red colour indicates that the blood has been  recently produced in uterus. It is usually an ideal choice when accomplished with normal flow volume and can be termed as “fertile periods”. If the flow is of shorter duration and this situation persists for months together then it is advisable to visit your doctor and get your hemoglobin and thyroid tested.


A dark red colour represents that blood is produced long back in uterus and took longer time to break due to lack of certain hormone influx. Sometimes the blood is collected in vaginal canal after the lining was broken down and will be excreted later through urine. If it happens frequently upon wake up then this is normal, however if it occurs the entire day than this is an indication for hormonal imbalance.


Brown or black colour is a signal for odd and old blood. If such situation appeared towards the end of the cycle and the flow is not so heavy then it is considered normal. This happens when the blood gets stuckedin uterine cavity for a very long time.

However, if such period consists of spots and irregular flow, it is an alarming buzz for lack of optimal hormones that should not be ignored. It has been reported that black menstrual blood is found in women with a history of fibroids and severe endometriosis and therefore need urgent address by a gynecologist.


Pink menstrual blood clearly indicates impaired red blood cells density or insufficient iron content. This may happen due to anemia, imbalanced diet, or lack of essential nutrients in body. Furthermore, improper RBC’s density can lead to poor oxygen delivery to the various organs including reproductive system.


Bluish menstrual colour illustrates stagnant or frozen blood due to too low body temperature. It is accompanied by pain and clotting with the requirement of temperature regulation of body.


Orange menstrual colour is actually a blend of bright red menstrual blood and cervical fluids. An appearance of orange colour with red streaks is a symbol of certain infections and needs proper diagnosis.


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