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Menstrual Period (Definition)

Menstrual period is a medical term for the monthly bleeding ...Read more


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My period blood is normally bright red but has been a black red the whole time. It has lasted for three weeks and counting. What should I do?

My period blood is normally bright red but has been a black red the whole time. It has lasted for three weeks and counting. What should I do?

Old blood: the darker the blood is basically the older it is. Most likely you aren't ovulating regularly and as a result have prolonged breakthrough bleeding. Its time to see a gynecologist. If you don't have one at least call your family physician tomorrow and explain the number of days you have been bleeding so either something can be done or they get you in with GYN ...Read more

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I got my period; blood came out nearly black, normal flow. But i woke up the next morning & it was dark, just spotting. Should i be concerned or not?

I got my period; blood came out nearly black, normal flow. But i woke up the next morning & it was dark, just spotting. Should i be concerned or not?

See below: Chances are low that you are pregnant. Obtain a home pregnancy test. The newer ones turn positive within 72 hours before the expected beginning of your period. It it's negative, repeat it in 1 week. ...Read more

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Is it bad if your period blood is black?

Is it bad if your period blood is black?

Doubtful: Dark menstrual blood is usually indicative of older blood - blood that has remained on the uterus of vagina longer. It is usually not very heavy. Changes to your menstrual cycles are common as women get closer to menopause. Significant changes in your menstrual cycle should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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Is it normal for period blood to have a smell to it?

Is it normal for period blood to have a smell to it?

It can.: Not all menstrual blood is fresh blood. If the menstrual blood is older, it can have an odor or darker color. There are other causes of vaginal odor, too (bacterial vaginosis for example), so if you're uncertain, it's always a good idea to speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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Are blood clots normal to have in your period blood?

Maybe: Formation of blood clots may indicate a much heavier flow. Blood also pools in the vagina while asleep and upon arising may discharge as blood clots. If persistent, an evaluation may be indicated as changes in menstrual flow past age 35 may signify more serious problems. ...Read more