8 things the color of your blood says about your period

Once a month, you get a friendly visit that reminds you that you're a woman. Often, it brings cramps, moodiness, discomfort, and headaches along with it. But did you know that your period could be giving you clues to your body's health? The color, smell and consistency of your menstrual flow could give you some vital information regarding other things that are happening in your body. Check out these eight things the color of your menstrual blood is telling you.
1. Bright red. Bright red is the normal color of menstrual blood. If this is what you see, then Women's Health says that everything is normal.
2. Pink. According to Prevention, pink menstruation is often a sign of low estrogen levels. It also generally accompanied with a light flow. Every month is different, but if month after month is this way, you may want to see a doctor.
3. Watery. A watery menstrual flow may be a sign of anemia, Prevention says that this flow can be a whitish color as well. If you're worried you may be anemic, simply ask the doctor to do a test.
4. Orange. An orange color combined with a foul smell and a non-slippery consistency may be a sign that you have an STD. Women's Health advises those with these period symptoms to get it checked out as this is not a normal color or smell.
5. Red and grey. When your period is a reddish-grey color and has a bad smell, Prevention notes it may be a sign of infection. If this is happening to you, it's time to see a doctor.
6. Dark brown. Browns of any shade shouldn't cause concern, according to Prevention. They are just older pieces of the uterus and some older blood finally being flushed out of your system. It is normal for this to happen.
7. Dark red with clots. Periods of this consistency may look like a kind of jam. Prevention says that it could be a sign of a hormone imbalance. Usually it's caused by low progesterone and high estrogen. Clots are normal, but if you're passing clots larger than a quarter, you should see a doctor for a diagnosis.
8. Dark red. This is generally seen towards the end of your flow and shouldn't have any large clots in it. Women's Health says it's the sign of a healthy body that is simply ending its period, and the estrogen is rising.
Understanding the color of your period can help you identify what is going on in your body. You don't have to wonder if what you're observing is normal or if you should run to the doctor. Now you have a guide to help you better understand your body.
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