Menstrual cycle -

The cyclic events that take place in the rhythmic fashion during the reproductive period of a woman's life is called menstrual cycle.

The menstrual cycle starts at the age of 12-15 years, which marks the onset of puberty. The commencement of menstrual cycle is called as menarche.

The normal duration of menstrual cycle is about 28-30 days but under normal physiological conditions it can vary between 20-40 days.

Changes during menstrual cycle -

During each menstrual cycle, series of changes occur in ovary and accessory sex organs. The menstrual cycle is regulated by the complex interaction of hormones, Luteinizing hormone, Follicle stimulating hormone and female sex hormones Estrogen and Progesterone.

So,  having a regular Menstrual cycle is considered as healthy as far as health of a woman is considered.

Most of women consider periods as nothing more than a monthly nuisance and just wait for it to get over.

All of us know that our periods indicate we are not pregnant, But Obstetricians and Gynecologists now say that your period can be as much of a health indicator as your blood pressure or your temperature.

So instead of just chucking your used sanitary napkin after using it just spare a second glance to find out how healthy you are.

The color of your menstrual blood says a lot about your Health let us understand the significance of each color.

Bright red blood - Bright red blood  menstrual blood is a sign that blood has been recently released from the body. Menstrual blood is nothing more than the lining of your uterus so bright red menstrual blood is normal and in fact it is a sign that your blood flow is fresh and has been recently released from your body. This colour is considered to be as ideal.

Watery - Watery blood of periods often indicate nutritional deficiency it is a sign that you are lacking one or more vital nutrients such as iron. Women who follow over restrictive diets most likely experience diluted, watery periods. If the problem persist for 2-3 cycles visit gynac as early as possible. 

Jam colored with large clots - Jam colored blood with presence of large clots indicates low progesterone levels along with high estrogen levels suggesting PCOS. Small coin sized clots are normal but large clots are indicative of hormonal imbalance suggestive of PCOS.

Pink -  Blood gets its color from red blood cells pink colored blood indicates that your body does not have required density of red blood cells. One of the most common cause of pink color blood is Anemia.

Brown or rust colored blood - This is normal and often occurs towards the end of your periods. When blood flows out quickly of period, it remains  red in color but when blood gets slower it gets time to oxidize  which give it a typical brown or rust color appearance.

Dark or almost black colored blood - Dark or black colored blood indicates the woman is on Contraceptive pill which affects the hormonal levels.