Don’t panic if you see trou drips during your period and see something other than red. Menstrual blood is not always red, and different colors can mean many things.
Different blood colors are usually not a cause for concern. But sometimes, it can be a sign that calls for a visit to a healthcare professional.
From bright red to black and all the other colors in between, we spill what each item might mean and (if anything) do.
What does brown menstrual blood mean?
Brown stools are usually old blood that has oxidized, so they have different colors. This can be due to several things:
Beginning or end of menstruation
At the beginning and end of menstruation, blood flow slows down and it takes longer to leave the body. The longer it stays in your body, the longer it oxidizes and turns brown. In some cases, brown blood may be left over from a previous period.
Brown blood or spotting can be a sign of implantation bleeding, the first sign of pregnancy. This usually occurs 10-14 days after conception.
Other signs of implantation include:
Lochia is postpartum bleeding that occurs during the first 4-6 weeks after birth.
This bleeding usually starts heavy and turns pink or brown by the fourth day.
Miscarriage is usually associated with bright red bleeding, but some people call it a missed miscarriage, sometimes called a “missed miscarriage” or a “silent miscarriage.”
In a miscarriage, the development of the fetus stops, but it does not leave the uterus for at least 4 weeks. There is no heavy bleeding, only dark brown spots or bleeding.
Bleeding during pregnancy requires consulting a specialist.
Fluctuations in estrogen levels during perimenopause affect the lining of the uterus. This can cause changes in the frequency, texture and color of your flow, including brown menstrual blood and spotting at different times of your cycle.
Brown blood is mostly made up of blood and uterine tissue, so it takes time to leave you.
Premenopause symptoms can range from mild to severe. Along with your menstrual cycle, you may experience hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and insomnia.
FYI, the average age of menopause is 51, but perimenopause can start as early as 30.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS prevents ovulation. In this case, the lining of the uterus accumulates but does not flow properly, which leads to brown blood or discharge in the middle of the menstrual cycle.
Other symptoms of PCOS you should be aware of and see a healthcare professional if you have:
excess hair growth
Difficulty getting pregnant
What does dark red blood mean?
You may notice dark red menstrual blood when you wake up in the morning or after lying down for a while. A deep red shade causes the blood to stay in the uterus for a while due to gravity, but it may not be long enough to oxidize it to brown.
Dark red blood is associated with:
The end of your period
Dark red blood at the end of your period can be a result of your flow slowing down.
Postpartum bleeding is usually dark red and heavy for the first three days. After that, as the bleeding slows down, the blood becomes darker in color.