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My Period Is Black
Blood colors...: The color of blood relates to how long the blood has been sitting inside the body. Red is newer. Brown or black is older, as some of the blood products have started to break down. If there are no additional symptoms, and if periods are regular in timing and not too heavy, having brown/black/red colors may be normal. One can ask the doctor about it during one's annual exam (sooner if worried). ...Read more
The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more
Ob-Gyn can evaluate: Blood appears brighter red if it is fresher or has more oxygen, and looks dark or black if it has been around longer. Hormonal changes around menopause or perimenopause may cause changes in the quality & thickness of the uterine lining, and in the amount of blood flow & the time it takes to flow out. These things can make one's period flow change in appearance. An ob-gyn doctor can evaluate it. ...Read more
I started my period with black blood and the black blood has continued for 7 days. Should i seek medical help?
Black = old 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
Why is 90 percent of my period stringy black brown blood. If not all of it (which is what happens most of the time) it doesn't feel normal.
Hormone imbalance?: The abnormal flow and consistency of your menstrual blood suggests that you aren't completely shedding the menstrual lining during your period. Normal menstrual cycles require a very orchestrated interplay of reproductive hormones. If there's an imbalance of these hormones, menstrual irregularities and abnormalities can occur. Please see your gynecologist about this. ...Read more
Why is my period always black from start to finish? It can sometimes be dark brown and very rarely is red. It has been like this for years.
Old blood: Old blood looks dark brown or black. Sounds as if your periods are fairly light. Are you taking hormones? Ask your doctor about the cause. ...Read more
My period was black and sticky but is not smelling although have been having irregular menses for two years now?
Irregular periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test . There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more
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