This blog post is all about identifying your period colours symptoms; what they mean and how to find the root causes.
Have you even wondered what you period is trying to tell you!?!
As a general rule of thumb, a healthy period is a bright red cranberry colour from start to finish and ideally lasts from 4-5 days. The consistency of the blood should be thicker than water, but with a smooth texture.
So what do all the other textures, colours, lengths mean?
Well I am going to break down for you here.
Too much Estrogen- Dark red, purple, or even black bleeding that is thick in texture indicates a cycle with too much estrogen. There may also be clots or it might be a lumpy in consistency. Bleeding flow tends is heavy. Symptoms- Women with excess estrogen may also experience breast tenderness, emotional PMS, fibroids and endometriosis. Cause- Too much estrogen can be caused by processed foods, excess weight, over-consumption of alcohol, a stressed liver, caffeine, endocrine disruptors like BPA and phthalates, and estrogenic foods like soy. Too little Estrogen- A light period that is watery and pink-ish in color indicates too little estrogen. You may experience a normal flow day or two followed by a few days of very light pink bleeding. Symptoms- You may experience vaginal dryness, dry skin, joint pain and low sex drive. Periods maybe irregular and sporadic. Cause- Women with very little body fat have a greater risk of low estrogen. Other potential causes are low-fat diets, disordered eating, over-exercising, the birth control pill and stress. Low Progesterone- Having brown, rust-colored spotting before or after your period is an indication of too little progesterone. Symptoms- Heavy flows, prone to anxiety, PMS, cyclical breast tenderness and difficulty becoming or staying pregnant. Cause- The biggest cause of low progesterone is stress and high cortisol levels. Thyroid issues can also contribute to low progesterone as well as birth control pill and irregular ovulation can also lead to low progesterone levels. I hope this helps understand your period a little bit more!
I seriously just wish the taught us all this stuff in school, it would make life A LOT easier! RIGHT!?!