Menstrual hygiene is very important to keep in every woman’s life in order to have a healthy life ahead. The overall health condition affects the flow and color of blood. Women sometimes might notice a change in color of blood in their sanitary napkins. The change might happen at the start of periods or as menopause is going to occur.
- Dark Red or Brown color periods
At the beginning and end of your periods, dark red or brown color flow of blood is normal. The brownish color discharge of blood is because of a long time is taken by the blood to flow from the vagina. The uterine lining makes the blood brownish.
- Bright Red color
This bright red color of blood is new blood which freshly sheds off from the uterine lining without staying longer into the body. This color of blood is spotted usually on the second and third day of periods when the blood flow is very heavy, the uterine lining sheds comparatively faster than usual days. This means that you are having healthy menstruation.
- Pink color
Blood when mixes with cervical fluid can appear light red or pinkish in color. This may happen because of low estrogen level in the body. Excessive exercise can lower estrogen level. During periods you don’t need to stop exercising but it would be healthier for you to do slow exercise.
- Gray color
If your discharge is in gray color then you should talk to your doctor. It is a sign of vaginal infection or in even worse cases, it can be STD(Sexually Transmitted Disease) or STI( Sexually Transmitted Infection). But, if you are pregnant then you need to meet the doctor ASAP as it could be a signal of miscarriage.