What your menstrual blood tells you about your hormones

It’s time to get familiar with your flow. The colour, consistency and texture can reveal which hormones are in and out of balance.

Below is a guide in identifying what’s normal and not. This info does not replace professional healthcare advice and should be used as a guide to identify if you have a hormonal imbalance.

Colour: Bright red
Consistency: medium; not too thin, not too thick, jelly like
Clots: zero or minimal; some stringy bits
Days of bleed: 4 – 6 days
Cycle length: Every 27 – 29 days⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What it means: Congratulations! This is what’s considered a normal, healthy period. Make sure to incorporate all the essential supplements, manage stress, sleep on time, ensure you take time for self-care and maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure your cycle stays on track.

Colour: Brown
Consistency: resembles a thin, streaky discharge
Days of bleed: Varies⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Cycle length: Varies⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What it means: Low progesterone levels. Brown blood/discharge is old oxidized blood. These low levels may cause you to struggle with regular ovulation and infertility.

Colour: Dark red; maroon/purple/black
Consistency: Heavy; thick with clots
Days of bleed: Longer than a week
Cycle length: Often longer than a 30 day cycle
What it means: High estrogen levels. Estrogen levels that are higher in relation to progesterone can cause PMS – acne breakouts, moodiness, irritability, headaches and bloating before your period and potentially lead to endometriosis, cysts, or fibroids.

Colour: Pink
Consistency: Light; almost non-existent.
Days of bleed: 3 days or less
Cycle length: Often less than 25 day cycle
What it means: Low hormone levels. Can be due to vitamin and nutrient deficiencies from improper or extreme dieting; excessive exercise or high stress levels.

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