What does your menstrual cycle say about your health?

  1. If it’s the consistency of strawberry jam: “Blood can turn solid and appear as a clot in certain conditions,” says the OBGYN. It’s not necessarily something to worry about—chunks the size of raisins or smaller during a heavy blood flow are totally normal, says Dr. Ross. But if they’re thick and larger than a quarter, they can be indicative of a hormonal imbalance, uterine fibroids, uterine polyps, or an abnormal pregnancy.


  1. Pale Red or Pink: You need enough density of red blood cells to make healthy blood. If your menstrual blood is watery or pink, you may have difficulty making enough red blood cells or they may not contain enough iron. Common causes of pale blood include being anemic, eating an imbalanced diet, or poor digestion/absorption of nutrients. This is really important to our fertility! Our blood is the source of oxygen and nutrients for each and every organ in our bodies. If you don’t have enough red blood cells, every system will suffer—including your reproductive system.


  1. Dark Red Blood: this means your blood has been around for longer. This color blood appears at the end of your cycle due to high estrogen levels, thick lining and a slower shedding rate (all completely normal).