“Don’t worry if you see nothing but red on your period. Period blood can be different colors and can mean a lot.”

Different blood colors are not usually cause for concern. Sometimes, they may be a sign of something that needs to be looked into by a healthcare professional.

We spill the goods on what each might mean and what we can do about it.

black brown dark red bright red pink orange gray
fast flow
implantation spotting
infection
lochia
low estrogen
mid-cycle “ovulation” spotting
missed miscarriage
miscarriage
“normal” period
old blood
polyps or fibroids
pregnant spotting
slow flow

The difference in the color of the discharge is due to the time that has passed. It can be associated with a few things.

The beginning or end of your period

The flow of blood is slower at the beginning and end of your period. The longer it sits in your body, the more time it has to oxidize. Brown blood could be left over from your previous period.

Pregnancy

Early signs of pregnancy include brown blood or spotting, which is a sign of bleeding in the uterus. It usually happens within 10 to 14 days after conception.

There are some other signs and symptoms of implant.

  • Mild symptoms of cramps.
  • swollen breasts.
  • nausea
  • vomiting

Lochia

Lochia is postpartum bleeding that occurs for the first four to six weeks after giving birth.

The bleeding starts out heavy and turns brown around day four.

Missed miscarriage

Miscarriage is usually associated with bright red bleeding, but some people experience what’s called a missed miscarriage, or sometimes a “missed abortion” or “silent miscarriage”.

With a missed miscarriage, the fetus stops developing but doesn’t pass out of the uterus for at least 4 weeks. There isn’t heavy bleeding, only dark brown spotting or bleeding.

During your pregnancies, you should visit your healthcare professional if you have bleeding.

Perimenopause

Fluctuations in estrogen levels during perimenopause affect the lining of your uterus. This can cause changes to your flow’s frequency, texture, and color, including brown period blood or spotting at different times during your cycle.

The brown blood is usually just blood and tissue that is taking a long time to leave you.

Mild to severe perimenopause symptoms can be found. Hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and sleep problems can be experienced with changes in your period.

FYI, the average age to go through menopause is 51, but perimenopause can start as early as your 30s.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS can prevent ovulation. When this happens, your uterine lining builds up but doesn’t shed properly, leading to light or missed periods with brown blood or discharge in between.

If you have other symptoms of the disease, you should bring them to the attention of a healthcare professional.

  • excess hair growth.
  • weight gain
  • Getting pregnant is a problem.
  • There is a problem with the skin

You might notice a dark red blood when you first wake up and then when you are lying down. The deep red shade may be due to gravity keeping the blood in the uterus for a while, but not long enough to oxidize to the point of turning brown.

Dark red blood is associated with certain things.

The end of your period

Slowing flow can cause dark red blood near the end of your period.

Lochia

Postpartum bleeding is usually red and heavy for the first three days. The blood gets darker as the bleeding slows.

The blood that is flowing fast is bright red. A bright red bleed may happen from start to finish for some. It may be a bit dark for others.

There are some things that bright red period blood can be a sign of.

Infection

Some sexually transmitted infections (STIs), like chlamydia and gonorrhea, can cause bleeding between periods.

It can also cause STIs.

  • foul-smelling discharge
  • During sex, there is It is a pain..
  • When you pee, there is It is a pain. or burning.

If you suspect you have an STI, it’s a good idea to see a healthcare professional for testing.

Bleeding can be caused by infections like yeast andbacterial vaginosis.

Miscarriage

Bleeding or spotting during pregnancy doesn’t always mean a miscarriage, but it can. See your healthcare professional for any bleeding during pregnancy to be sure.

A miscarriage can cause bright red bleeding or clots. During a miscarriage, some people also experience abdominal It is a pain., It is a symptom of cramping., and dizziness.

Uterine polyps or fibroids

These noncancerous growths in the uterus may cause heavy flow during your periods or at other times throughout the menstrual cycle. They can be large or small and cause other symptoms like pelvic It is a pain. and pressure.

Adenomyosis

Adenomyosis occurs when the tissue that normally lines your uterus grows into your muscle tissue, causing it to thicken. This can cause heavy, It is a pain.ful periods, ongoing pelvic It is a pain., and During sex, there is It is a pain…

If you are spotting, pink blood at the beginning or end of your period is usually just blood that has been washed away by the fluids in the uterus.

“Let’s look at other things associated with pink blood.”

Lochia

Lochia may be brownish or pinkish from day four onward.

Low estrogen

Sometimes pink menstrual blood is a sign of low levels of estrogen. Estrogen helps to keep the uterus stable. Without it, you can lose the lining at times in your cycle, leading to spotting of various colors.

Perimenopause, menopause, and using estrogen-free hormonal birth control, like the minipill or a hormonal IUD, can cause low estrogen.

Ovulation

Some people experience spotting during ovulation, which usually happens around mid-cycle. Ovulation can also cause an increase in cervical fluid, which can dilute blood and make it light red or pink.

Miscarriage

If you have a gush of pink fluid from the vagina, it may be a sign of a baby.

Other signs of a baby being born.

  • It is a symptom of cramping.
  • The tissue is passed through the passage.
  • There was a loss of pregnant symptoms.

When blood mixes with fluid from the uterus, it can cause orange discharge.

There are some things associated with orange discharge.

Implantation spotting

Some people report seeing orange or pink spotting within a few days after conception.

“It can range in color. If you have spotting that doesn’t turn into a period, you should take a pregnancy test.”

Infection

A discharge that is colored or unusual may be a sign of a disease.

Some other STI symptoms that can accompany out-of-the-ordinary discharge color include a foul smell and It is a pain. when you pee or during sex.

Period blood should not be gray or similar in hue. If it is, a visit with a healthcare professional is necessary.

Here is why.

Infection

This hue may indicate that you have an infection brewing, like bacterial vaginosis. Other signs of infection include:

Miscarriage

If you are pregnant, gray discharge may be a sign of a baby loss. The vagina may be gray in color.

Black period blood can be frightening, but it is usually just old blood that is left in your body too long. It is most likely to happen during low flow days.

Here are some other possible (but less likely) causes of black discharge:

Stuck or forgotten object

Black discharge may be a sign that a foreign object is stuck in your vagina (it happens). Maybe you accidentally forget to remove a tampon or insert a second one. Sex toys, menstrual cups, and contraceptives, like diaphragms, caps and condoms are other objects that can get stuck in your vagina.

These can cause an infection in your vagina over time.

Along with black discharge, you might also notice a foul smell, It was It was itching.. or rash in your vagina and on your vulva, and a There is a high degree of fever..

If you suspect you have something stuck inside, you should see a healthcare professional.

Infection

Pelvic inflammatory disease and STIs can cause vaginal bleeding and unusual discharge.

Heavy vaginal discharge of any color that has a foul smell can be a symptom.

  • Bleeding during or after sex.
  • It is a pain.ful urination
  • It was It was itching..
  • pelvic It is a pain. or pressure
  • spotting between periods

Missed miscarriage

“Black bleeding or spotting can be a sign of a missed miscarriage, when the fetus stops developing but doesn’t pass out of your body for four weeks or more. You may not have any other symptoms if you have dark brown or black spotting.”

Lochia

Lochia, the bleeding that occurs after delivery, can start out red and heavy, then slowly and change to brown after the fourth day. If the flow is slow, it could turn dark brown or black.

Yes! Your period may change colors from beginning to end. You can have different colors throughout your life.

The flow and time of the blood in the uterus are what affect the variation of red to brown. Your flow may be quicker at the beginning of your period. You may have bloodied skin after a long time lying down. You may see red blood on your heaviest days.

“This doesn’t mean that all changes in color are normal. If you see a shade that is unfamiliar or gray, you should make an appointment to get checked out. If you have bleeding during your pregnancies, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor.”

You are likely just fine. Your blood may change in texture throughout your period. Your periods from month to month may be different.

Watery period blood is likely new blood that is flowing quickly from your uterus.

“These aren’t a cause for concern. Your uterus sheds its lining. Size matters. If you pass a clot larger than a quarter in size, it is worth mentioning to a healthcare professional. It’s the same for blood clot that accompanies heavy bleeding.”

If you have heavy bleeding, it can lead to anemia and cause symptoms like fatigue and achy muscles.

A healthy period can be a variety of shades and textures, but some changes should be mentioned to a healthcare professional. If you have a period that lasts more than 7 days, it is time to make an appointment.

There are other reasons to make an appointment.

  • your cycles are irregular, changing dramatically in length from one month to the next
  • Your cycles are shorter than 38 days.
  • “You haven’t had a period in a while.”
  • your bleeding is accompanied by other symptoms, like severe It is a pain.
  • you bleed between periods
  • you’ve gone through menopause and start bleeding again
  • You start to bleed or see something.
  • You have a discharge that could be a symptom of an illness.

Your period blood color and texture can change from cycle to cycle, especially during certain stages of life, like when you just started menstruating or are headed to menopause. It is worth mentioning the changes in period color along with any other symptoms. If you have any concerns about your period, talk to a healthcare professional.

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