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Why Is My Period Blood Dark
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
Myoglobinuria: Very, dark urine with the color of cola could be due to the presence of myoglobin, which is a breakdown product of muscle cell. It can be caused by trauma, alcohol, medications, and vigorous exercises. It could indicate that you have rhabdomyolysis, which could lead to kidney failure. Another cause would be blood (as in uti) or bilirubin in the urine (as in liver disease). Should be checked. ...Read more
Sloughing: The discharge experienced during menstruation is composed of the lining of the inside of your uterus that has built up in preparation for a fertilized egg. It can range from light pink to dark blood clots. There is more than just blood being evacuated. There is also delicate tissue associated with built up lining of the uterus. ...Read more
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
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
No other symptoms?: Occasionally some women ask why their periods have an orange hue or look pinkish-orange. Ob-gyn doctors often say that the hues of the blood color is not important, as long as the periods are normal in other ways. The color hues may be related things like the ph of the menstrual blood or to vaginal fluids/mucus mixed in with the menstrual blood. An ob-gyn can help, if other symptoms are present. ...Read more
I got my period today. The blood is dark and sticky. It looks almost dark brown. It smells weird too.. I have irregular periods. Is this bad?
Probably not: If your period is due then this is probably nothing serious. Menstrual blood, urine, & sweat can all smell odd depending on diet. Onions and garlic, in moderate amounts, can add their smell to these secretions. Coffee too. Some medicines, vitamins, supplements, etc., can also do it. An infection is another possibility If this persists get checked. If you have dizziness, pain, fever, go to ER ...Read more
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