Usually the condition of a lady’s health has a great impact on the frequency and length of her period and thus people pay more attention to the frequency and time frame rather than the color of discharge during the period. If one takes time to study the color of the discharge, you will notice that at different times it may vary, and studies show that it is possible to decipher the state of health of the individual simply by making this observation, even though it is not highly regarded medically.

Scientifically, blood changes color with how long it has been exposed to oxygen, for this reason several people do not agree that color should be a yardstick for measuring how healthy a lady is. I would rather not bore you with the details of how blood is discharged during the period, that will be an article for another day. For now let us just focus on what the different colors you observe during your period may infer.

Brown or dark red

Most times at the onset of the period, the blood may be a shade of dark red or brown and the liquid may be quite thick. There is really no cause for alarm as it just means that it took a while longer to exit the uterus and thus has become old. It is possible for the color to be almost black on the days of heaviest flow.

Bright red

It is absolutely normal for a lady’s flow to be heavier and reach its peak between the second and third days, this means blood is discharged more frequently and in higher quantity. Since the lining of the uterus sheds faster, the blood does not stay too long before it exits the body.


Any form of bleeding from the uterus that occurs outside the regular menstrual cycle is known as spotting. When this blood mixes with cervical fluid, there is a possibility that it comes out pinkish in color.


If you should ever observe this color, you should visit your physician as it may be a sign of infection or even a miscarriage.


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