Have you ever wondered if the color of your period blood had a meaning? Fun fact, the varying color you may see throughout your period does mean different things, you should be aware of them to keep up with your vaginal health. We want you to have all the education around your menstrual health; that will help you reach out to a healthcare professional earlier if you need to. Below we share common period blood colors you may see and what they mean.
Fresh blood which indicates a steady flow. A period may start with bright red blood and darken throughout your cycle.
Dark Red, Brown, or Slightly Black:
Is blood that is getting old or old blood residue. It can appear at the beginning or end of your cycle.
A sign of old blood that has taken longer to leave the uterus and has oxidized. This can also occur at the beginning or end of your period cycle.
Sometimes occurs with spotting, it is when period blood mixes with cervical fluid or discharge.
Gray Discharge in Blood:
Usually a sign of bacterial vaginosis; a condition that occurs when there is an imbalance between beneficial and harmful bacteria within the vagina. This would be an indication to seek advice from a healthcare professional.
We hope we cleared up any confusion you may have had about the color of your period blood; be sure to use this information when checking in on your vaginal health with future periods.