Most of us view our periods as nothing more than a monthly nuisance and we just can’t wait for it to get over. All of us know that our periods indicate that we are not pregnant, but obstetricians and gynecologists now say that your period can be as much of a health indicator as your blood pressure or your temperature.
So, instead of just chucking your used sanitary napkin, give it a second glance to find out just how healthy you are.
What Your Period Color Means:
“Bright red menstrual blood is a sign that the blood has been recently released from your body”.
Menstrual blood is nothing more than the lining of your uterus and so bright red menstrual blood is normal and in fact, it is a sign that your blood flow is fresh and has been recently released from your body.
“Women who go on overly restrictive diets are most likely to experience diluted and watery periods”.
Watery periods often hint at a nutritional deficiency. A diluted or whitish flow is a sign that you may be lacking one or more vital nutrients such as iron. You are most likely to notice this change if you’ve had a sudden change in diet – especially if you are on a very restrictive diet. Visit your doctor if the problem persists for 2-3 cycles.
Colored With Large Clots
“Jam-colored period blood with the presence of large clots indicates low progesterone levels along with high estrogen levels and could be a sign of PCOS”.
Your period is governed by your hormone levels and any imbalance in this level will affect your period as well as your health. Jam-colored period blood with the presence of large clots indicates low progesterone levels along with high estrogen levels.
Clots that are the size of a small coin are normal, but large clots are indicative of a hormonal imbalance and could be a sign of PCOS.
“One of the most common causes of pink period blood is anemia”.
Pink may be your favorite color, but it is not something you want to see on your sanitary pad! Blood gets its color from the red blood cells in it and so pink blood indicates that your body does not have the required density of red blood cells. One of the most common causes of pink period blood is anemia.
Brown Or Rust Colored
“When your menstrual flow is slower, the blood has time to oxidize which is why it turns rust brown in color”.
Brown or rust colored blood is normal and often occurs towards the end of your period. When blood flows out quickly at the start of your period, it remains red in color.
However, when your menstrual flow is slower, the blood has time to oxidize, which is why it turns rust brown in color.
Dark Brown Or Almost Black
“You are more likely to have dark brown or almost black menstrual blood if you are on the pill”.
Blood that is dark brown or almost black in color indicates that the blood flow is extremely slow and is not expelled from the body quickly. You are more likely to have dark brown or almost black menstrual blood if you are on the pill, as oral contraceptives affect your hormonal levels.