Period discharge colors - What do they say. – Vitals Period Undies

Period discharge colors - What do they say.

Period Blood is just blood and uterine tissue. Its color basically depends on how long it has been exposed to oxygen. But there could be some vital stuff your period blood could determine about your health. 

Dark red, black and brown period blood

You are either at the beginning or end of your cycle. Viscosity of your period blood during this time is usually slimy. Dark period blood is usually your older blood or flow that has took longer to come out. It's totally normal if your period is bright red and fluid because we all know how aunt flow just arrives with no invitation sometimes. 

Crimson, bright red period blood

The uterine lining sheds faster in the first 2-3 days. It's fresh and newer blood that quickly leaves the body hence does not go through oxidation process. Hence during your heavy days, period blood is usually bright and more fluid.

Pink period blood (!)

Pink spotting/bleeding during ovulation (the phase where your ovaries release eggs) is known as 'ovulation bleeding'. Its cervical fluid (white discharge) mixed with bleeding, this is uncommon and happens to 5%-12% of menstruating people. 

Spotting can be caused due to factor like contraceptives like birth control pills, IUDs and others. It can also occur during pregnancy, fibriods, polyps and other bleeding disorders or sometimes related to cervical cancer. Its best to get evaluated by a doctor if this is not normal to you during your menstrual cycle. 

Grey period blood (!)

Grey discharge is a sign of an yeast infection or other bleeding infections. Heavy bleeding with grey tissue discharge during pregnancy is a sign of miscarriage. Its best to consult a healthcare professional to confirm.

Changes in our discharge and bodies during the four phase of menstrual cycle is meant to happen. Pay attention to your cycle length, flow volume, PMS symptoms because only you know what's common and uncommon during your periods. If the changes do not seem to have a pattern or are uncommon, this indicated underlying menstrual health conditions.