So, This is What Your Period is Saying About Your Health!
Color and FlowAccording to Dr. Alisa Vitti, holistic health counselor and functional nutritionist, it is possible to describe most period colors in three different ways: mashed frozen blueberries, strawberry jam, and cranberry juice. The color of period blood can reveal a lot about hormonal health. Periods that are similar in texture and color to frozen blueberries may be an indicator of high estrogen levels. This would also cause a heavier cycle than normal because higher estrogen levels mean the uterus lining could be thicker than normal. Those who shed a lighter color, similar to strawberry jam, have the opposite problem. This may be a sign that estrogen levels are low. In this case, period flow can be patchy and is often late because less estrogen means a thinner lining. It should also be noted that a light flow is also associated with birth control use for some women. The perfect color, according to Dr. Vitti, is a nice, saturated red color like cranberry juice. In this case, flow will usually start and end on time and will not become too heavy. (source)
SpottingIf you are bleeding a little in between periods, it's called spotting. This could mean something is wrong, so those who experience spotting should consult with a medical professional. Here are some major causes of spotting:
- Hormonal Imbalance - Spotting happens when progesterone and estrogen are out of balance. Dysfunctional ovaries, thyroid problems, and birth control methods can affect this balance.
- Infection - Any infection, brought on by an STD or not, can cause spotting between periods.
- Cancer - Cancer of the cervix, vagina, uterus, or ovaries can cause spotting. But this is rare.
- Stress - Extreme stress can also cause a person to experience spotting.