Select your country

Period Tips, Help & Advice / Claire Blackmore

What Does The Color Of My Period Blood Mean?

Ever noticed the color of your blood changes throughout your period? Like, the super-vibrant red of a cherry one day, then the not-so-nice dingy brown of an autumn puddle the next. Yep, us too. But what does it mean? Have we all… gone off!?

The answer is no (phew!) Apparently it all comes down to how oxidised the blood is. If you are light and only have a little bleeding, it takes its sweet time coming out of the vagina, which means it has longer to hang around (aka be exposed to air and oxidise) causing it to turn brownish red. GTK, right, but what about the rest of the period rainbow?

Here, we explain what colors to expect at different times, and more importantly, when something could be wrong…

Bright Red

You know that cherry color we were talking about earlier? You should expect this shade in your tampon or pad (or knickers if you are unprepared) on the first two days of your period. Your flow tends to be heavier during day one and day two, meaning the blood leaves your uterus pretty swiftly and comes right out to say “HAAAY, I’M HERE!”, therefore it doesn’t have time to oxidise.

Dark Red

This is where we move on to more of a rusty shade. It’s certainly not pretty but indicates that your flow has slowed down. You may only be bleeding a moderate amount but it isn’t falling out of you like an evil waterfall. Rusty is therefore actually kind of good. Heck, we might even go as far to say we like rust. You may also come across this color first thing in the morning because sleeping means lying down, therefore gravity hasn’t caused the blood to rush out. Sleeping is good. Yes, we definitely like rust.

Brown

Don’t freak out. Brown doesn’t mean anything bad. It’s either an indicator that you have ‘old blood’ left over from your last cycle that hasn’t yet come out, or that you are coming to the end of your period. It’s also more common in women who take birth control as their periods tend to be lighter.

Orange or Grey

To put it simply, a healthy period should be on the red to brown color scale, so if your blood is orange or grey this could be cause for concern. If you have other symptoms at the same time – burning, itching and even abdominal cramping – book an appointment with your GP.

Tags:

You might also like...


Period Tips, Help & Advice

Why Are My Periods So Darn Long?

Ever feel like your periods are too long? Like, 10 whole days of bleeding, or even worse, actual weeks! What about if...

Period Tips, Help & Advice

How PMS Ruined My Relationship

You really can’t beat sharing stories to make you feel like you’re not alone in a situation – we can all identify with a bit...

Period Tips, Help & Advice

Stress Can Stop Your Periods – Here’s How!

Did you know that stress is one of the major reasons behind missing periods? Stress can cause many physical effects such as headaches,...

Period Tips, Help & Advice

Why Do My Boobs Become Sore Before My Period?

If it’s not enough that we bleed and have cramps each month, some of us also experience painful breasts during our period....

X
chevron-right instagram twitter facebook-f snapchat youtube pintrest Magnifing glass User icon Envelope icon