Today, we’re going to talk about our period blood! Which, I know, kind of seems like an icky conversation to have. But let’s get comfortable because we believe that with Hertime, we don’t need to make this an uncomfortable conversation anymore.
Knowledge is power, and the more we understand our bodies, the better!
Our periods are actually a fifth vital sign for us. Periods tell us so much about what’s going on with our overall health. That’s why we’re going to talk today about the color, texture, and consistency of your flow followed by what each of them means and how can those three categories alone can help you understand your body better!
Normal: Bright and Just Right
Okay, so let’s talk about what’s normal! Below is what you should look for as far as color, consistency, and the amount of time you should be bleeding.
Let’s say that your period blood is like a bright, cranberry red color, and it’s a normal consistency; kind of like jello that hasn’t set yet. It’s not too thin, it’s not too thick, and you bleed for about 5 to 7 days.
Well, congratulations, that’s ideal! That’s the sign that everything is flowing perfectly well, and that’s exactly where we want all of you to be!
Signs of Low Progesterone: Irregular and Brownish Color
Okay, so what if your period blood is actually kind of brownish, the consistency is kind of stringy, and the duration and frequency of your periods are hard to track; they’re just kind of irregular?
Well, oxidation is what causes that to happens within your uterus. That brown-colored blood is actually old blood that got trapped in your uterus from your last cycle.
What this signifies is that your body is experiencing low levels of progesterone. And low levels of progesterone can be the root cause of so many of our PMS symptoms!
Too Much Estrogen: Dark, Heavy, and Way Too Long!
Now, what if the color of your period blood is actually kind of dark burgundy, or almost like a blueberry color?
This is something that I hear a lot from women that experience very, very heavy flow! They have a lot of clotting, and their frequency varies, but their duration usually lasts for more than a week. What does this mean?
This actually means that your body has too much estrogen in proportion to your progesterone levels. This can cause a lot of problems with our periods.
It can lead to things like endometriosis, fibroids, cysts, and if we continue living with too much estrogen in our system, it can lead to other long-term harmful consequences. You really want to pay attention to it if this is what’s going on with your flow.
Not Enough Estrogen: is it a Dream or a Deception?
Okay, I know this next scenario is going to sound like the dream for most of us girls, but I want you to pay attention because it’s also telling us that there’s an imbalance in our hormones.
I have some clients that have what I call a “barely there” kind of pink period blood color and their duration is usually like 3 days or less. In fact, they almost don’t even notice that they’re having a period, and they maybe have it once every couple of months.
I know that this sounds like the dream for all of us! But what this is telling us is that there’s actually a hormonal imbalance; that there’s too little estrogen in our system!
Keep in mind that our hormones are created by the foods that we eat. What this scenario is signifying to us is that most likely, there is a vitamin and nutrient deficiency.
It also can indicate that perhaps we are stressing our adrenal glands through too much exercise, or otherwise not dealing with the stress that we have in our life. These indications can all have serious effects far beyond what happens to our period.
We really want to pay attention to this kind of situation and try to bring all of our body’s hormones back into balance.
With continued use of Hertime, what you will find is that your blood color, your frequency, and your consistency will all come back to that ideal “normal” state that I described at the beginning of this post. That means that your hormones will be back in balance! You’ll be able to enjoy life without all of the PMS symptoms and the serious dangers of hormonal imbalance.
I hope this information helps! Please let us know if you have any more questions! Please share anything that you felt like you learned most, or that stood out most to you! We would love to hear from you!