A woman’s time of the month is commonly referred to as her “Aunt Flo”. Humourous connotations aside, it is a rather accurate description of the level of intimacy a woman shares with her cycle. If communication is the basis of a healthy relationship, then the kind shared between women and their periods needs to be a transparent one.
An ideal period lasts from three to eight days, recurs every 24 to 38 days, starts and ends with a bright cranberry shade of red, and has a medium viscosity. Here are some colours to watch out for during your monthly cycle.
Bright red colour
Although this is a healthy colour, it is important to note the hue of this colour. If it looks watered down, it may mean that there’s vaginal discharge, which can possibly stem from sexually transmitted infections (STI), cervical cancer, or a normal pregnancy.
Pink can signal light bleeding, which may hint at low levels of oestrogen. This can be caused by anaemia, birth control pills, poor diet or a stark weight-loss.
Pale-red, light, and short periods
A short period that lasts under three days with very light bleeding can indicate low oestrogen levels. This may be caused by nutrient or vitamin deficiencies caused by improper nutrition or an adrenal burnout and may put your bone and heart health at risk.
Strawberry jam consistency
Having raisin-sized chunks of blood clot is completely normal, especially during a heavy flow. However, if they are thick and bigger than the size of a quarter, it may signal hormonal imbalance, abnormal pregnancy, uterine fibroids or uterine polyps.
These spots can be oxidised blood that did not exit your uterus during the last cycle. This can be a sign of low progesterone levels, which can trigger many period-related problems and even be a symptom of irregular ovulation and infertility.
Muddy rain drops
This may be a sign of ovulation. However, if these brown drops occur between period for over two or three months, it can be a sign of hormonal fluctuation which can be triggered by puberty, menopause and other birth control side effects just to name a few.
The colour and consistency of your period blood as well as the duration of your period can reveal a lot about you overall health. Learning how to read your period is a helpful skill. If you’re in anyway unsure, do schedule an appointment with a gynaecologist to learn more about the signs your uterus is throwing your way!