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Reading into the Reds

Reading into the Reds

Menstruation, although widely despised, can offer a deep insight into one’s health. Like our routine tests, the color of our period blood is also an indication of what our body’s trying to tell us. Not only is it an indicator of pregnancy, but it also says a lot about our hormonal health.

Let’s find out what the reds mean.

Dark Brown

  • This colour usually appears at the beginning of the period cycle when the flow is comparatively lighter. In some cases, the uterus lining sheds at a slower rate. This means that the uterus is not cleaned each month and the leftover uterine lining is then carried to the next cycle. So, in the next cycle, when the bleeding starts, it is usually dark brown in color. This is completely normal and healthy.

Bright Red

  • The blood this color signifies shedding of the new uterine lining. The flow can be quite heavy this time. In this scenario, there isn’t any leftover blood from your previous cycle, and it is not a cause for alarm. In fact, it’s a state of over achievement!

Medium Red

  • This shade is absolutely healthy, and most of us observe it in the middle of our period cycle. Women usually experience this color if they bleed for 5-7 days.


  • The colour gray, is surely a warning sign. Any sort of gray discharge or gray clumps can be pointing to an infection. This can also be an indication of miscarriage. Since it is not an ordinary situation, one must refer to one's gynecologist.

Large Red Clots

  • Some blood clotting during a period cycle is totally normal, but excessive blood clotting suggests hormonal imbalance, and this can be a serious condition. In such cases, it is recommended that one reduces one's consumption of dairy, sugar and soy. It could also indicate Uterine Fibroids. This can be painful as you might face severe clotting in your period blood. Your doctor might recommend an Ultrasound.

Watery or Light Pink

  • If your period flow is watery and slightly whitish, it can be a symptom of anemia. If your last three cycles were light colored and very heavy, it means that you could be Iron deficient or severely Anemic.


  • At times, orange blood can be normal but it could also be a sign of an infection. It is recommended that you consult your doctor if you see this color.


  • This can happen if your body temperature is extremely low and your blood is frozen. One could experience pain and clotting in such a situation, but once the body temperature is back to normal, the pain will go away. In this case, there isn’t any need to consult a doctor.


  • Extreme pain, excessive clotting, and blackish blood can be the symptoms of severe endometriosis or indicate a history of fibroids. This can also affect the placenta during pregnancy. If you spot this colour, waste no time and contact your doctor.


They say women are good at knowing scarlet from crimson. Let’s put our knowledge to good use!




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