Period colors: what do they mean?

Depending on the cycle, and sometimes even within the same cycle, the color of your period can vary. This can be a little confusing and if it happens to you, you may have questions. This in itself is not a cause for concern, but it is helpful to know and understand why menstrual colors can change.

Period colors: why are there multiple colors?

The first thing to remember is that it is normal for periods to change color. During the cycle, the flow of menstruation is not constant and women do not lose the same amount of blood throughout their period. At the beginning and at the end, there is less blood flowing and it may take longer to drain. It will then stagnate in the vagina and oxidize as it comes into contact with air. On the other hand, it is necessary to know in more detail what each color of period can correspond to. We will explain it to you.

What is the meaning of each color of the period?

Periods can change color during a cycle. Let's see what each shade means.

Bright red or dark blood: the usual color of menstruation

This is the classic color of menstruation. If your period is bright or dark red, there's no need to worry - it's normal. The flow is abundant and the discharge does not stagnate in the body, so it does not have time to oxidize and change color.

Pink period

If your period is pink in color, it can mean several things:

  • An early pregnancy: in the first few days after the fertilized egg implants on the mucous membrane, small bleeding may be observed. They are light in color and do not cause any concern;
  • The beginning of menstruation: blood mixes with the vaginal discharge and stains it slightly;
  • Infection or cancer of the cervix: if this pink bleeding occurs completely outside the cycle, and is not related to the beginning of a pregnancy, it may be a sign of a problem. They should be monitored.

Black or brown periods

At the beginning or end of the period, the flow is usually light. The blood flows more slowly and becomes oxidized. It is the iron in the discharge that will change color and stain the discharge. You can then have a brown or even black period. This phenomenon is not at all worrying, even if it can be surprising. At the beginning of pregnancy, women can experience " anniversary periods ". These are also small, very light bleeding periods that oxidize quickly.

Grey periods

In some cases, menstruation is slightly gray. This is not a normal color for a period and deserves your full attention. It can indicate the beginning of an infection, so it is very important to identify if it is accompanied by other symptoms. In particular, the appearance of the discharge should be monitored. Gray periods can also indicate a miscarriage. If you ever experience them, you should seek advice from your doctor or gynecologist promptly.

Sometimes periods can be orange. This can be a sign of the beginning of an infection. Don't wait to seek advice, especially if you find that your discharge has a different smell than usual.

Is it normal for the color of my period to change?

As you can see, it is common for the color of your period to change. As long as your period is brown, red or black, it is not a cause for concern. If you notice pink or grey periods, do not hesitate to consult your gynecologist for advice. Whatever the color of your period, you can use our Elia panties to absorb the discharge while maintaining maximum comfort in your daily life.

What are the symptoms to watch out for when my period changes color?

If a change in the color of the discharge is normal, for example a black period, it can be worrying if it is accompanied by other symptoms. The following are some of the symptoms to watch out for:

  • intense and unusualpain;
  • change in the consistency of the discharge, which is, for example, thicker or sticky;
  • the duration is also different, with notably longer periods;
  • the discharge is smelly.

In this case, it is strongly recommended to consult a gynecologist quickly for advice.

Like the flow, the color of the period can vary from one cycle to another, or even during the same cycle. If you don't notice any other symptoms, there's no reason to be concerned. If you are unsure, make an appointment with your gynecologist.

FAQs about the color of your period

What does a red period mean?

A red period is normal. They usually turn red in the middle of the cycle, when the discharge is heavy and does not have time to oxidize. These are the most common.

What does a pink period mean?

Pink periods can occur at the very beginning of a period, if blood is mixed with vaginal discharge. They can also occur at the beginning of a pregnancy. Be careful, if they occur outside of the cycle, they may indicate a cancer or a problem. If in doubt, it's best to consult a doctor.

What does a light-colored period mean?

At the beginning of the period, the blood can mix with the vaginal discharge and be lighter in color. It becomes redder as the flow increases.

What does it mean if my period is dark in color?

You may also like :

Les informations issues des articles présents sur le site sont des informations générales. Bien qu’elles aient été relues par des professionnels de santé, ces informations ne sont pas exemptes d’erreurs, ne constituent pas des conseils de santé ou des consultations et n’ont pas vocation à fournir un diagnostic ou proposer un traitement. Ces informations ne peuvent, en aucun cas, se substituer à un avis médical et ne peuvent pas remplacer une consultation auprès d’un professionnel de santé. Pour toute question, nous vous invitons à consulter votre médecin.