Happy first day of my flow!
I was wondering when my period would come this month and what it would be like as last month was total crazy town with my wedding and the holidays, but it was the brightest red I’ve seen in a long time! This is a good sign, especially on the first day because it means there was no leftover blood from my previous cycle. I will talk about this more below. I’ve also switched from the white moon cycle to the red moon cycle which makes me a bit sad because I loved ovulating with the full moon… 🌝 maybe I will switch back someday?!
Knowing the color of your monthly flow can offer incredible insights as to what is going on hormonally.
I find it to be a fascinating tool and something women should be taking advantage of each month! It is your monthly report card after all. Analyzing the color will help to show you where improvements can be made or just where you are at in general with the health of your flow. Who knew?!
I know blood can make some of us squeamish, BUT the color of your period blood, when you experience bleeding or spotting, and the amount blood lost during your period are all helpful signs available to us every month, in order to better understand your internal health. Of course I do talk about this more in my book too, on page 127!
What The Color Of Your Flow Means:
> Bright cranberry red:
This means a healthy and “normal” period! Your flow should be moderately heavy on day one, heaviest on day 2 and then begin to taper off as your period comes to an end. It’s also normal for the color to oxidize and turn brown towards the end of your flow as it is exposed to more air.
> Light pink:
This may indicate low estrogen levels, extreme exercise, extreme dieting and/or a nutrient deficiency. It is usually accompanied with light bleeding too. It’s common for female professional athletes to stop ovulating and lose their periods. It may not seem like a big deal but long-term low estrogen levels can increase your risk of osteoporosis which is a condition that affects your bones, causing them to become weak and fragile. If you have recently changed your workout or eating habits and notice light pink periods, you may want to reconsider your workouts and/or talk with your doctor.
> Dark eggplant purple:
This may indicate high estrogen levels. It’s usually accompanied by heavy bleeding and/or clots. Can also be associated with PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, ovarian cysts or fibroids. Try my estrogen detox smoothie and read about how to rid of excess estrogen.
> Brownish maroon:
If it starts out brown and almost streaky on the first day, this may indicate low progesterone or it could be old oxidized blood from your previous cycle and your uterus didn’t clear it all out. Vaginal steaming can help with clearing out old blood from the uterus. Brownish in color is normal at the end of your period though. You may experience cycles with high anxiety or depression, mood swings, stress, low sex drive and all PMS symptoms. We all need more progesterone and I used to experience this before implementing all the things I talk about on the blog and in my book. It is not a quick fix and it takes commitment but it is possible to increase your progesterone levels naturally.
> Orange or gray:
Bright orange or gray may be a sign of vaginal infection or it’s blood mixed with cervical fluid. Make an appointment with your doctor.