Decoding Your Flow: What Your Blood Color means

Written by Rebecca

Have you ever peeped at the variety of colors that can come out of your coochie during that time of the month? Paying attention to this can be super helpful because the shade of your period blood can tell you important deets about your health. Although it's usually red, the color of your flow can vary. So, let's take a closer look.

Dark red — No stress- dark red period blood is totally normal, and you'll probably see it a lot, especially when you first wake up in the morning. 🛌🏾 The darkness in color is just 'cause the blood has had time to stay inside you and turn a bit brown.

Bright red — OK, so period blood is typically bright red, and that's all good - it means your flow is fresh and steady.⁠You'll usually see this color at the start and middle of your cycle, with it getting darker towards the end.

Brown — If your period blood looks brown, it just means it's been hangin' out in your uterus for a minute. This is super common towards the end of your cycle when things are wrapping up.

Black — If your blood looks black, it can be kinda scary, but don't freak out just yet! Sometimes, it's just super old blood that's been chillin' in your system for a while, and it's oxidized so much that it turned black. It can look kinda like coffee grounds, but it doesn't always mean anything's wrong.

Pink — Sometimes during your period, your blood can mix with cervical fluid and create a pinkish color. If you're on the pill or have an implant, you might also notice some spotting or pink discharge at other times of the month.

Sometimes after getting busy, you might notice a pink or bloody discharge. It's because sex can sometimes cause tiny tears in your vagina or cervix that heal by themselves. But, don't ignore it if you bleed after sex, because it could also be a sign of something more serious, if you’re worried, get it checked! 👩🏿‍⚕️

Gray — Gray blood isn't a common color, but it's something worth knowing. Instead of being blood-like in consistency, it's more like a discharge and can be a sign of bacterial vaginosis. If you're feeling itchy down there, or there's a funky smell coming from your vagina, or it burns when you pee, you should definitely talk to your doctor about what's going on. They might prescribe antibiotics to help treat the condition.

Orange — An orange period blood color is super rare. If you have an infection in your vagina, it can mix with your discharge and make your blood look orange. This can happen with infections like bacterial vaginosis or STDs like chlamydia. If you're noticing a weird smell down there or some itchiness along with the orange blood, it's really important to talk to your doctor. 👩🏼‍⚕️

Your period can be a good clue to your overall health, so it's important to pay attention to more than just color changes. You should also look out for changes in texture, length, heaviness, consistency, or size of clots. If anything feels strange it’s always a good idea to seek some medical help!

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