What your period blood flow says about your health


The colour, consistency, flow and frequency of your period blood reveals a lot about your health. It provides invaluable hints into your overall health and hormones. The colour of your period blood can reveal which of your hormones are in and out of balance. And whether your dietary habits are in sync with your body’s requirements.

So, to be able to manage symptoms, you must get familiar with your period blood flow and what it’s trying to say.

Colour: Cranberry-like, red

Healthy colour of blood flow during periods

Consistency: Neither thin, nor thick

Cycle: 28-30 days

Duration: 5-7 days

What does it indicate?

Keep it up, this is called a healthy period. If your dietary intake is already nutrient-rich and FLO-supportive, then there’s nothing much to do. Although additionally, you can add essential supplements and make necessary lifestyle changes so that your cycle remains on track.

Colour: Brown

Brown blood during periods

Consistency: Thin and streaky

Cycle: Can vary

Duration: Can vary

What does it indicate?

Brown blood is old blood that’s oxidised and didn’t make out of the uterus in the last cycle. It happens due to low progesterone levels in the body. This may hamper ovulation and may be at the root of your period symptoms.

Colour: Dark, purple or blue

Purple or blue blood flow during periods

Consistency: Thick, clotted

Cycle: Can vary

Duration: More than a week

What does it indicate?

This colour is a sign of excess oestrogen in the body. If oestrogen levels are higher that progesterone, it can cause symptoms typically associated with period problems which could lead to endometriosis, fibroids or cysts formation. This can possibly lead to more serious health consequences if not treated for long.

Colour: Light, almost-not-there pink

pink blood flow during periods

Consistency: Very thin

Cycle: Can vary

Duration: 3 days or less

What does it indicate?

This is an indicator of low oestrogen levels in the body. Hormones are created from the food we eat, and low oestrogen means that the body is nutrient and vitamin deficient. This could be due to incorrect dieting (extreme or improper), or due to adrenal exhaustion.

Colour: Orange, can be bright

Orange colour period blood flow

Consistency: Thin or a little thick

Cycle: 25-30 days

Duration: Can vary

What does it indicate?

Period blood that’s orange possibly has cervical fluids in it. And if it’s bright orange, chances of an infection are high. Best to see a doctor in this case. Often, orange blood can be an early sign of vaginal infection. In such case, its colour and smell will change. More often, such infections are bacterial or sexually transmitted.

Colour: White/Clear

White colour period blood flow

Consistency: Watery or too thin

Cycle: Can vary

Duration: Can vary

What does it indicate?

Thin period blood which tends to be almost clear or whitish in colour can be a sign of nutrient deficiency. It’s advisable to see a health practitioner to correct your dietary requirements.

To round up…

Having a healthy flow is imperative to your overall health and wellbeing. And whether you have the perfect shade of red period blood or any other shade like discussed above, it’s imperative to eat well, know which supplements suit you and align your lifestyle and habits to support your menstrual and hormonal health.

December 10, 2019

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