Here’s Why You Need To Start Looking At Your Period Blood

Looking At Your Period Blood

By Luisa Colón | Originally Published December 17 on She Said | Featuring Dr. Sherry Ross

Your body is trying to tell you something.

When I first started getting my period and experienced the many joys that came with each cycle — bloating, moodiness, being awash in what felt like gallons of blood — it was hard to remember that as a vital component of my ability to reproduce, my period actually had an important purpose.

As I got older though, I began to appreciate the regularity of my cycle. I felt reassured each month that my body was in sync. And in fact, it’s not only menstruating that can be an indicator of general health, but your actual period blood (and the color isn’t the only thing you should be paying attention to).

“The blood flow amount, consistency and color of the period have a lot to say about your overall health and wellness,” says Dr. Sherry A. Ross, Women’s Health Expert and Author of she-ology. The Definitive Guide to Women’s Intimate Health. Period. In fact, Dr. Sherry explains that changes in menstrual blood can often be the first indicator that something is awry with your health, pointing to medical conditions such as thyroid disease.

Sure, the topic of period blood can be a little gross, and your first impulse may be to try and ignore the flow, stopping it up with the product of your choice. But it’s worth your while to start taking a good look at what’s going on down there during your next cycle. There may be red flags (or bright red, or light brown) that you shouldn’t ignore…

Heavier-than-usual flow

“It’s important to know [that] some of the changes in the normal flow including a heavier or lighter menstrual cycle have the same list of potential causes,” says Dr. Sherry. | | | Next → |

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