By Sarah Harris, Jan 10, 2023

Kecia Gaither, M.D., the director of perinatal services/maternal-fetal medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx in New York City, explained what the typical colors of your period blood should be and what they mean:

  • Pink. “At the start of menstruation, the color of your blood will be pinkish, reflecting a mix of vaginal discharge and the bright red blood of your menses,” Gaither said.
  • Bright red. “The uterus is actively shedding its lining and, therefore, bright red blood is exiting the uterus and vagina,” she said.
  • Dark red or brown. “This is blood that had been retained in the vagina for a few days and, therefore, towards the end of the cycle, the blood is darker,” she said.

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