What Does the Color of Menstrual Blood Reveal About Your Health?

19 October, 2018
The more a woman knows about her body's biological processes, the better she can optimise her bodily functions and improve her well-being.

The color of menstrual blood is an indicator of your state of health. This is because menstrual blood is made up of bodily waste such as lipids, proteins, hormones (including progesterone), stem cells, water, dead cells from the uterine lining, and organic toxins.

Basically, menstrual blood combines all the waste brought about by a woman’s lifestyle. These factors can range from her diet, or daily activities, to the products she uses.

But how well do you know your cycle? Have you ever analysed the color?

Having a period can become so mundane that you may not have every considered these details. However, it’s important to ask, what is the color of your menstruation?

There are 3 key aspects that you shouldn’t ignore: the amount of blood, the color, and the consistency. What’s normal? How do you know that there’s nothing to worry about? Do you really need to check these three things every month?

In this article, we’ll tell you more.

Pay Attention to the Colour of the Blood, and also to:

  • The amount of blood. Some periods are very light, and others are very heavy, which is completely normal. As long as it’s consistent. But if it changes suddenly, pay attention. If you’re not getting enough fluids your period will be light. However, if it’s very heavy it could be that you have a problem with one of your organs.
  • Why does the color change? Generally, this depends upon your liver. If it’s not well hydrated or experiences higher temperatures, the color will change.
  • Consistency. When your body expels menstrual fluid, it’s getting rid of energy stored in the body. If you’re doing exhausting activities, the fluid will be more liquid. On the other hand, if you have clots this could be due to stress.

Pinkish Colour

Color of Menstrual Blood

Often, this type of bleeding lasts more than two days. If you experience this regularly, it could be a sign or weakness and low defences.

However, if suddenly the color of the blood is temporarily pinkish and then returns to normal, it’s possibly sign of an early pregnancy. Otherwise, it could be a sign or hormonal changes or an infection.

Intense Red Colour

An intense color of menstrual fluid means that it’s just been expelled. It has a light consistency and is common. There’s nothing to worry about.

Dark Red

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If your menstrual blood has a purple hue and a ‘dry’ flow, this means that the waste is old. For some reason, it stayed in the uterus for longer and has taken a darker color. At the beginning of your period, you may expel blood from your previous cycle.

Dark Brown

This kind of vaginal discharge is completely normal at the end of your period. There will be little flow. It consists of the final residue. Generally, it’s uterine tissue that needs to be expelled for it to regenerate.


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It’s sometimes possible for the blood in the cervix to mix with menstrual blood. This means you’ll see a mixed fluid with orange and red colors. If the orange color is stronger, you should go to a gynaecologist, as it’s possible that you have an infection.

Tips for a Good Cycle

  • Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water per day.
  • Watch what you eat. Sudden changes in your eating patterns change your emotions and physical state. We recommend you eat foods rich in tryptophan like cereals, bread, and rice. All of these help the production of serotonin. It’ll also improve your mood.
    • Avoid fatty foods. Junk food and menstrual fluid do not go together well. Junk food is a trigger for constipation and a reduction in oestrogen.
    • It’s worth trying some hot teas to help your blood circulation, reduce pain, and reduce inflammation.
  • Get enough sleep each night. It’s important to rest to strengthen your defences, improve digestion, and have good heart function.
  • Do physical exercise. Getting out in the fresh air does a great deal to help reduce stress and anxiety. Furthermore, if you do exercise outside or at the gym, your body releases endorphins which relieve pain and make you feel good.