Here's What your Period Colour Says about your Health: Expert Advice

Updated at: Sep 14, 2018
Here's What your Period Colour Says about your Health: Expert Advice

You have probably read a lot about mensuration cycle and why it actually happens. But just like having regular or irregular period has a lot to say about your health, the colour of mensuration can't be left unnoticed.

 Onlymyhealth Staff Writer
Women's HealthWritten by: Onlymyhealth Staff WriterPublished at: Sep 14, 2018

Have you discovered something unusual? Is the colour of your period anything ranging from black or bright red? From the moment a woman gets her periods, around the age of 12 or 13, she discovers and learns new things about her body. Most of the colours are considered healthy but in case you feel otherwise, you must consult a doctor. 

Everything from irregular periods to the colour of your period may be indicative of something related to your health. While you might be worried about the due date of your periods, you fail to realize that the colour of your period is as important as its date. Let’s take a look at which colour of your period says what about your health.

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Implications of Various Colours of Menstrual Blood

The colour of your period may vary from bright red to blackish. While most of the changes in your period are considered normal, there might be some cases that indicate that the problem is a sign of certain diseases like endometriosis or uterine cancer.

Bright Red

A bright red colour indicates that the blood has been recently produced in the uterus. It is usually an ideal choice when accomplished with normal flow volume and can be termed as “fertile periods”. If the flow is of shorter duration and this situation persists for months then it is advisable to visit your doctor and get your haemoglobin and thyroid tested.

Dark Red

A dark red colour represents that blood was produced long back in the uterus and took a long time to break due to lack of certain hormone influx. Sometimes, the blood is collected in the vaginal canal after the lining is broken down and is excreted later through urine. If this happens frequently in the morning, then it is normal. However, if the situation remains the same throughout the day, then this is an indication of hormonal imbalance.

Brown or Black 

Brown or black colour is a signal for odd and old blood. If this happens at the end of the cycle and the flow is not so heavy, then it is considered normal. This happens when the blood gets stuck in the uterine cavity for a very long time.

If there is spotting or irregularity of flow, then this might be an alarming situation - one that involves the lack of optimal hormones, which needs immediate attention. It has been reported that black menstrual blood is found in women with a history of fibroids and severe endometriosis. If you are suffering from such a problem, then you need to consult a gynaecologist immediately. 

Also read: How to deal with heavy periods


Pink menstrual blood clearly indicates impaired red blood cells density or insufficient iron content. This may happen due to anaemia, imbalanced diet, or lack of essential nutrients in the body. Furthermore, improper RBC’s density can lead to poor oxygen delivery to various organs including the reproductive system.


Bluish menstrual colour illustrates stagnant or frozen blood due to too low body temperature. It is accompanied by pain and clotting with the requirement of temperature regulation of the body.


Orange menstrual colour is actually a blend of bright red menstrual blood and cervical fluids. An appearance of orange colour with red streaks is a symbol of certain infections and needs a proper diagnosis.

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