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A 16-year-old female asked:

Is it normal to have dark brown blood at the beginning of your period? when i wipe its usually bright red but on my pad it is really dark brown.

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Oxidation: Blood got through a chemical process called oxidation. This is the how blood chemically breaks down. The older it is the darker it will be. The color is not significant.

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