Hey girl hey, are you struggling with painful periods, debilitating PMS, hot flashes, night sweats, unexplained weight gain that will not budge no matter how many salads you eat or smoothies you drink? If you are like 90% of women then you experience some of all of theses symptoms month after month.
Buttttttt….. did you know that these are just that, symptoms. Symptoms that something is off in your body.
Your period is your bodies report card and if it is sounding an alarm that means it is trying to tell you something is wrong.
Experiencing these symptoms on a regular basis usually means you are experiencing hormonal imbalance and if you don’t do something about it then you could be jeopardizing your fertility or guaranteeing that you will experience terrible menopause into your senior years.
So what does a normal period look like…
Keep reading to learn what the color of your flow REALLY 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.
This may indicate low estrogen levels, extreme exercise, extreme dieting and/or a nutrient deficiency. It is usually accompanied with light bleeding too. When I was exercising a ton, I had stopped ovulating and lost my period, which is really common. This really hurt my chances of conceiving. 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:
Are you having heavy bleeding and/or clots? This may indicate high estrogen levels. This can also be associated with PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, ovarian cysts or fibroids. Try my 28-day reset to help rid your body of excess estrogen.
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.
Now what, what do you do if you are experiencing any of these symptoms and it’s making you dread this time of the month? Well cycle optimizing of course.
Cycle optimizing is one of my favorite topics and the ultimate cure for all things hormone imbalance. Check out my other blogs on this topic right here on this page.
Learning to optimize your cycle will not only make your period symptoms go away but it will help you to flow through your life effortlessly and will have you looking forward to aunt flows visit in no time.
Love and health,