Period blood: what the different colours tell you

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Have you ever wondered why your period blood sometimes has different colours or even worried because the blood doesn't always look the same? Don't worry, in most cases a changing colour is no cause for concern. Today we'll tell you which period blood colours are normal, when you should see a doctor and how you can tell if it's implantation bleeding and not regular period bleeding.

In general, it can be said that the colour of your period blood is very individual and its significance should therefore not be overestimated. However, there are still certain indications of what the different colours can mean.

Medium red period blood

If your period blood is neither particularly light nor dark and has a strong, medium red colour, then this is a sign of fresh blood and again a good indicator that everything is in order with your body. The colour may also vary slightly during your period, which is completely normal.

Dark red to brown period blood

You may have noticed that your blood is often a little darker at the start of your period, sometimes even taking on a brownish colour. This is nothing to worry about, as it is usually still a remnant of your last period. The reason for the dark colour is that blood oxidises when it stays in the body for longer and therefore turns darker. However, if your blood is dark in colour throughout your period and has a thick consistency, this can be a sign of high oestrogen levels. While this can often occur shortly before the menopause, young women should have this checked by their gynaecologist to be on the safe side.

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Special case of dark red bleeding: spotting

Bleeding that occurs outside of your period is called spotting. These are slightly darker/brownish in colour than classic periods, shorter and in most cases harmless.

Light red period blood

If, on the other hand, your blood is light red or even pink throughout your period, this may indicate a low oestrogen level. There can be many reasons for low oestrogen levels, but they can also be caused by an unhealthy lifestyle. For example, extreme dieting, excessive exercise, lack of sleep or excessive alcohol consumption can have a negative effect on your oestrogen levels. If your period has a light red colour over several cycles, it is definitely advisable to seek medical advice. If you have cramps and pain in addition to your light red period, this could even indicate a potential ovarian cyst.

Special case of light red/pink bleeding: implantation haemorrhage

If you perhaps already have a desire to have children and have already dealt with the topic of Pregnancy you may have come across the term implantation haemorrhage. This is because, as a rough estimate, around 15-20% of all Early pregnancies to implantation haemorrhage. The reason for this is that maternal and foetal tissue grow together during implantation. This also involves existing blood vessels dissolving and new ones forming. Light bleeding can sometimes occur during this process. Implantation bleeding usually occurs 6-14 days after fertilisation, i.e. at the same time as your period should actually occur. In contrast to "regular" menstruation, however, it has the pink colouring already mentioned, lasts significantly shorter (the duration can be between a few hours and 2 days) and no mucosal residue is expelled with the bleeding, which is why it has a relatively liquid consistency.

If you are unsure whether it is your period or implantation bleeding, it is better to take a pregnancy test to be on the safe side.

Orange period blood

If your period blood has an orange colour, it is usually mixed with cervical fluids. This can happen in the case of infections or sexually transmitted diseases. If you also notice an unusual odour or an unusual consistency, you should always consult a gynaecologist.

Red-grey period blood

If your period has a red-greyish colour and is accompanied by unpleasant symptoms such as itching, burning or an unusual odour, this may indicate bacterial vaginosis or another infection. You should never ignore such symptoms and should definitely seek medical advice.

We hope this article has shed some light on the different colours of period blood. If you don't want to miss any more news, subscribe to our newsletter below and follow us on Instagram, We would be delighted.

 

Sources:

Menstruation: What does the colour mean? (22.05.2024)

What does the colour of your period reveal? (22.05.2024)

Befuss (22/05/2024), Colour of the period: What it says about the body

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