During periods, women have to face many problems and there are many reasons for them. In a way, it is seen with many of us women that the color of their periods, discharge, cramps, etc. change in different months. What is the speed of periods, what is the time of their arrival, what have you eaten in this period cycle and if there is no problem due to excessive medicines, all this affects your health?
Sometimes the color of period blood can be bright red, sometimes it can be brown and in some cases, it can also be black. But is this common and if so, why does the color of the period change so much?
To find out, we spoke to Dr. Nishi Singh, Director, Department of Infertility and IVF at Prime IVF, Delhi. Doctor Nishi says that the color of periods can also change in every cycle and this is a very common thing. But why this happens should also be known.
Why does the color of period blood change?
One reason for this is also the oxidation of blood. Actually, the amount of hemoglobin in our body can also determine what the color of the blood will be. Hemoglobin is an iron-rich component present in the blood and can also be considered responsible for blood flow in the body. Now as soon as iron comes in contact with air and water, a process like oxidation starts taking place in it. This is the reason why the color of your blood changes when it comes in contact with air and especially oxygen.
If you have noticed, it may happen that the color of period blood is bright and red during the beginning of your period and the days of heavy flow, and its color changes as time goes by.
The reason for this is that during the initial and heavy flow days, most of the blood comes out faster and due to this there is less scope for it to oxidize. During this time you will also see red clots coming out of the vagina.
Due to these reasons, there may be a change in the color of the period.
There can be many other reasons for the change in the color of the period. It can also have different color meanings and the reason for its darkening can also be that old blood is mixed in it which has remained in the uterus for a long time.
Dark colored blood also means that some kind of change has happened in the period cycle.
Reasons for darkening of period blood that are not related to periods
There are also many reasons that are not directly related to periods but can still affect the color of periods, such as-
During this, you will see only dark colored blood discharge. As estrogen levels drop and the body moves towards menopause, the uterine lining may thin and this has an effect on the color of the period. Even after menopause, you may see a dark discharge.
Brown color can be seen in the first trimester of pregnancy. It may happen at times that you continue to have a little spotting. This bleeding is very mild and happens for a short time, but if it is more then definitely contact the doctor. Some research suggests that up to 40% of women who conceive with IVF have this type of spotting in the first three months of pregnancy.
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After giving birth to a child, there are many changes in the body as well as many days of blood flow. Therefore it may appear brown.
Effect of drugs
Sometimes taking certain types of medicines also affects the color of the blood of the period.
If there is black blood coming?
Sometimes it may happen that the color of the blood appears black. It can have many meanings and it is not always considered wrong. This can also happen due to the accumulation of old blood in your body. This type of problem can occur mostly at the beginning and end of the period.
lightening of the color of the period
Lightening of the color of the period is also a different symptom. This happens when either you have some kind of infection in your vagina or the vaginal fluids are also mixing with your period blood. Period blood can look like pink, grey, orange.
When should I see a doctor?
A slight change in the color of period blood is normal, but in some cases, it can be very effective. But when should you consult a doctor?
- If there is heavy bleeding
- There is anxiety
- If the color of the period is changing continuously for several months
- periods have become very irregular
- There is a problem of itching with cramps etc.
- Burning and strong odor when passing urine
- If the membrane looks like something
If you feel that your problem is increasing, then definitely contact the doctor. Consulting a doctor can prove to be very good. If you liked this story, then do share it. Stay connected with Voguenyog to read more such stories.