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What does it mean when your menstrual blood turns orange?

What does it mean when your menstrual  blood turns orange?

Nothing: Blood changes color as it oxidizes and begins to break down. It simply reflects how long it has been sitting in the uterus and the back of the vagina. ...Read more

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Menstrual (Definition)

Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more


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What does it mean if a person bleeds reddish orange blood during their menstrual and it is associated with mild cramps?

What does it mean if a person bleeds  reddish orange blood during their menstrual and it is associated with mild cramps?

Period blood: Not much. Reddish orange blood just sounds like a variation of normal. And cramps with periods are normal too. If the cramps are bothersome, try taking Ibuprofen 800mg 3 x daily with food. Don't take it if you have a history of ulcers or gastritis. Seek help with a gynecologist if you're still worried. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your menstrual blood turns orange? Started out pink, went red now orange. Pregnant?

NOT Pregnant: If menstruating, you would not be pregnant, and the color of the blood flow has nothing to do with being pregnant. I suspect as the flow becomes more scant, it may look different in color to you. ...Read more

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For some odd reason my menstral blood is more an orange than red.!?

For some odd reason my menstral blood is more an orange than red.!?

Blood is blood : The color of the blood in your menstrual cycle is not useful or relevant. It reflects how long the blood has been sitting inside your uterus or at the back of your vagina. Red is new. Brown or black blood is older and the blood products have started to break down. Menstrual blood color is not something you need to pay attention to. If your cycles are heavy consider birth control for regulation. ...Read more

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During my period the blood looked bright orange and occasionally there was a little bit of dark yellow with it. Why would it be these colors?

Subjective: The colors you described are somewhat subjective opinion of the menstrual blood. I am sure that doesn't mean anything in particular, so don't get too worried over that. ...Read more

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