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From light to dark: this is what period blood says about health

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During the menstrual cycle, different processes take place in the body that we as women feel more or less clearly - from the announcement of the period, when some even feel ovulation, to the most obvious: the bleeding itself. This can change during menstruation. It can appear differently strong or change its color. The latter can say a lot about our health and lifestyle. Read a little color legend here.

Bright red

Are you currently working on a busy project? Are there important decisions to be made or did you (perhaps unconsciously) eat a balanced diet for a longer period of time? Then the period blood could be very light temporarily. The cause can be a low level of estrogen, which indicates an unhealthy lifestyle with extreme diets, stress and lack of sleep. But this can also be a sign of pregnancy. Because you don't always miss your period during pregnancy. If you are unsure, have your gynecologist check you out.

Medium red

If the blood is a deep red color that may darken on days with heavier bleeding, you can assume that everything is fine. However, if the bleeding seems unusually heavy and long to you and this affects your quality of life, you should have a medical check-up whether it is perhaps a menorrhagia. Doctors speak of this condition if, by definition, the menstrual period lasts longer than seven days per menstrual cycle and you lose more than 80 milliliters of blood during this time. The heavy bleeding can have different causes, which should be treated specifically.

Dark red

If the period has just started, the blood is often a little darker in color, slightly brownish and contains occasional dark lumps. Often these are tissue residues from the lining of the uterus. The dark color is due to a natural process: oxidation: the longer the blood stays in the body, the darker it becomes. Again, don't worry, unless you think the bleeding is unusually heavy. If you also have severe menstrual pain, you should have an investigation carried out to see whether this is due to endometriosis. In the benign disease, additional uterine lining also settles outside of the places intended for it.

Orange or gray

If the bleeding is of an unusual color and symptoms such as itching, burning sensation or pain when urinating occur, you should see a gynecologist immediately. The cause can be an infection, such as bacterial vaginosis, or a sexually transmitted disease.

Ask your doctor for advice

Even if it sounds strange to some women and would rather get their days over with as quickly (and as invisibly) as possible: It is worth taking a closer look. This way you can keep an eye on changes in your period and, if necessary, react in good time and ask a gynecologist for advice.