What The Color of Your Menstrual Cycle Is Saying about Your Health

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Playing What You Can Learn about Your Health from Your Menstrual Cycle

The Doctors discuss how a woman's menstrual cycle can reveal a lot about an individual's health and break down what the various colors of a period might indicate.

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OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry helps us makes sense of what may be going on in regards to someone's period and their health in terms of color.

Light pink: She explains this could be a result of a lower amount of estrogen, which can happen to avid runners and athletes. 

Bright or cranberry red: She says this occurs when a period is at its heaviest.

Brown or blackish: Dr. Nita notes this occurs when blood takes longer to get out of the body and says this is usually not a big deal and is most likely the blood oxidizing.

Greyish: Our OB/GYN says this could be a sign there is an infection, especially if associated with an itch or odor.

Clear: She says this is usually just normal vaginal discharge, which can occur throughout the month.

Stringy or egg white color: Dr. Nita notes this is usually a sign of when a woman is most fertile and typically occurs mid-cycle. 

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She suggests if a woman has any period-related issues out of the norm -- like a period being heavier than normal, itching, an odor, clotty, a fever, or abdominal pain, to consult with a doctor. Dr. Nita notes all of these could be signs of an infection or even possibly a miscarriage.

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