It’s that time of the month, again! Your period tracker has been sending you notifications that your flow was coming to visit, and once again, without fail, it appeared. While periods can be troublesome, we often take it for granted.
When Mother Nature visits us, many women are caught between “Oh, I knew I wasn’t pregnant,” and “Thank God I’m not pregnant.” What we fail to realize is that our period can give us a look into our bodies and our health! If you’re menstruating now or waiting a few days before your time comes, here are a few things to know about your flow.
As the movie Mean Girls tells us, “I can’t help it if I have a heavy flow and a wide-set vagina.” When it comes to your period, the only things you might be paying attention to are two things: the length of your period and how heavy it is. While these are important to know, nothing is more important than the actual color of your blood!
While you’re hoping for a four day period rather than seven, you should actually be hoping for your flow to be a specific color. This is what the color of your flow can tell you.
Nice job! While you might not have played a role in the color of your period, bright red blood is a good sign. This is ideal for your period, and it means that the blood leaving your uterus is fresh. Also, with a bright red flow, you can rest easy and try to make the rest of your period as comfortable as possible.
If you’re used to the bright red sign of your period, your mind might instantly worry if you see brown or dark red. This isn’t anything to worry about! While bright red signifies new blood, a brown or dark red flow is a sign of old blood. After your last period, there might’ve been blood that was slow to leave the uterus. Over time, the blood darkens, and that’s why you might notice these colors at the beginning of your cycle.
Don’t fret just yet! If your period flow is pink, there could be two reasons for this. The first might be that your hormone levels are imbalanced. A pink period is often associated with a lower than normal estrogen level. Decreased estrogen can cause your period to decrease, and this is what may cause you to spot rather than to have a full cycle.
Another reason your flow might be spotting and pink is if you’ve recently upped your exercise routine. Excessive exercise can cause your hormone levels to change which could be why you’re seeing pink rather than the bright red of a regular cycle. If you’re seeing pink, schedule an appointment with your doctor to be on the safe side!
Go see a doctor. While we don’t mean to scare you, gray isn’t a good sign in any period. If you’re experiencing spots of gray during your cycle, this could be a sign of an infection or a miscarriage.
As women, we already have tons of things to deal with, and our period is one more thing! While we often take our flow for granted, it is a great indicator of what’s going on in our bodies. It might be annoying, but it’s a great way to double check that we’re healthy and all is well!