What Your Period Says About Your Health

Learning to cope with your cycle is an essential part of our journey through womanhood. Most of us are either hoping our period will come or hoping it won’t. Often we curse it, and few will embrace it. But whatever your position, your period holds the secret answers behind your health.

Yes, it’s true! The color of your menstruation blood reveals the truth about your hormone balance, vitamin deficiencies and general health.

Flo Living, the app for understanding your cycle, gives us the low down on what you need to know about the color of your period:

The color: Bright, cranberry-red

The consistency: Like jello mix that hasn’t set (medium viscosity: not too thin, not too thick)

The length: 5-7 days

The frequency: Every 28-30 days

What it means: Congratulations! This is what’s considered a normal, healthy period. If you’re already cycle-synching and eating nutrient-rich, FLO-supportive foods, keep it up. Make sure to also incorporate all the necessary lifestyle tweaks and essential supplements to ensure your cycle stays on track.

The color: Brown

The consistency: Thin/streaky

The length: Varies

The frequency: Varies

What it means: That brown stuff is old oxidized blood that didn’t make it out of your uterus last cycle and it’s caused by low progesterone levels. These low levels may be at the root of your period symptoms and may also cause you to struggle with regular ovulation.

The color: Dark, purple/blue

The consistency: Thick with clots

The length: Longer than a week

The frequency: Varies

What it means: This frozen blueberry color is a sign of too much estrogen. Estrogen levels that are higher in proportion to progesterone cause a lot of the typical symptoms associated with problematic periods, and potentially lead to endometriosis, cysts, or fibroids. Over the long term, excess estrogen can lead to more serious health consequences.

The color: Barely-there pink

The consistency: Too light to tell

The length: 3 days or less

The frequency: Varies

What it means: A super-short period and extra light bleeding may indicate low estrogen levels. Your hormones are made from the food you eat, so your low estrogen is likely due to vitamin and nutrient deficiencies from improper and extreme dieting as well as from adrenal burnout.


Of course, certain contraception methods will affect your period appearance, in some cases you may not bleed at all.

Whatever your situation, a healthy, low sugar, low alcohol diet will ensure your hormones are well balanced. It is worth supplementing your body with a good fish oil as well as a high quality multivitamin which combines a Vitamin B complex and magnesium. Probiotics will also ensure great gut health so you can better absorb your nutrients.

Keeping your stress levels in check will help to balance your cycle, coupled with exercise in great moderation.

You only have one body to live in for your whole life, take notice of the signals it is giving you. Embrace your cycle and learn to interpret the messages your hormones are telling you.

If you are concerned about any other the symptoms listed in this blogpost, please seek advice from your doctor.

Download the Flo Living App

MyFLO Period Tracker by Flo Living

About the blogger:

Marie Behenna is the author of The FitMama Method, published by Souvenir Press 2012 and creator of the ChillMAMA Pregnancy Meditation

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Marie teaches exercise and nutrition to pregnant and post partum mothers in North Hampshire, United Kingdom. www.fitmamastudio.com

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