What does the colour of your period blood mean?

Everyone has a different experience in their very first period. It is a good idea, however, to be informed. We have created a list of the different kinds of blood colours that you may see during your first period.

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Bright Red

At the start of your period, you can expect the blood to be bright red. This bright red colour also indicates that you do not have any leftover blood from your last cycle.

Dark Red

Sometimes, the colour of the period blood can also appear blackish due to the blood staying inside for an extended period of time, and it generally appears at the start of a girl’s period. At times black blood can also suggest a blockage inside a woman’s vagina. You should look out for other symptoms of vaginal blockage which are:

  • Discharge with an unpleasant odor
  • Fever
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Itching or swelling in or around the vagina


The brownish colour of your period blood is not a matter of concern and is associated with the beginning of the period as your uterus is shedding blood for the first time. The blood has had enough time to oxidize because of which it has changed shade from the usual red. 


Black blood can look a little alarming, but it doesn’t always mean there’s anything wrong. This is usually just very old blood that has taken a long time to pass through your system, and therefore has oxidised to the degree that it has turned black – this can look similar to coffee grounds in appearance.


Pink menstrual blood may indicate low estrogen levels in the body sometimes if it’s the only colour you see over multiple cycles. Some causes of low estrogen levels can include being on hormonal birth control that doesn’t contain estrogen or perimenopause.


Orange blood at the start of your cycle can also be a sign of period blood mixed with cervical secretions similar to the case of pink blood.* However, bright orange coloured blood might indicate an infection, in which case it is advisable to see a doctor.

*As mentioned by Healthline


Another colour that sounds like cause for concern, but isn’t always: grey blood. More like discharge in consistency, grey blood can be a sign of bacterial vaginosis.

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