It’s not something we’re taught to talk about — in fact, we’re pretty much raised to hide from it. After all, pay attention to any maxi pad or tampon commercial and all you’ll see is the same innocuous, inhuman blue liquid over and over again. That’s right ladies, I’m talking about period blood.
It’s not news that we live in a squeamish society that gets extra uncomfortable any time women’s bodily functions are the topic of conversation. But the cultural reluctance to acknowledge ladies’ monthly flows does a major disservice to half the population’s health and well-being. Periods matter; they matter so much that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) declared menstruation a vital sign. That means the appearance, frequency, and consistency of your menstrual blood provides invaluable clues into your overall health, and if you want to finally banish symptoms and feel amazing, it’s time to get familiar with your flow.
Think of checking your flow every month like being able to access free lab work for your hormone levels. Knowing the color tells you exactly what hormones are in and out of balance. The most important thing we’re not told as women is that we can absolutely change our periods for the better. And you’ll know right away if your eating is on track with your hormones because your period color will change as you get back in balance. Your period, your fifth vital sign, provides genius biofeedback for you!
Ready to recognize what’s normal and what’s not? Check the guide below and see where your flow stands:
The color: Bright, cranberry-red
The consistency: Like jello mix that hasn’t set (medium viscosity: not too thin, not too thick)
The length: 5-7 days
The frequency: Every 28-30 days
What it means: Congratulations! This is what’s considered a normal, healthy period. If you’re already cycle-synching and eating nutrient-rich, FLO-supportive foods, keep it up. Make sure to also incorporate all the necessary lifestyle tweaks and essential supplements to ensure your cycle stays on track.
The color: Brown
The consistency: Thin/streaky
The length: Varies
The frequency: Varies
What it means: That brown stuff is old oxidized blood that didn’t make it out of your uterus last cycle and it’s caused by low progesterone levels. These low levels may be at the root of your period symptoms and may also cause you to struggle with regular ovulation.
The color: Dark, purple/blue
The consistency: Thick with clots
The length: Longer than a week
The frequency: Varies
What it means: This frozen blueberry color is a sign of too much estrogen. Estrogen levels that are higher in proportion to progesterone cause a lot of the typical symptoms associated with problematic periods, and potentially lead to endometriosis, cysts, or fibroids. Over the long term, excess estrogen can lead to more serious health consequences.
The color: Barely-there pink
The consistency: Too light to tell
The length: 3 days or less
The frequency: Varies
What it means: A super-short period and extra light bleeding may indicate low estrogen levels. Your hormones are made from the food you eat, so your low estrogen is likely due to vitamin and nutrient deficiencies from improper and extreme dieting as well as from adrenal burnout.
So now what?
Whether your period is the perfect shade of cranberry-red or a different less-than-ideal color of the rainbow, it’s crucial to know which foods, supplements, and lifestyle habits will support your menstrual health and your overall well-being.
Start small: take my free V-Sign Quiz to confirm your period type and get a lot more information about what the color, consistency, and more mean for you. Then be sure to download the MyFLO app to immediately start troubleshooting your issues today.
And when you’re ready to really kick your healing into high gear, stock up on the must-have supplements every woman needs and find the FLO Living program that will help you squash your symptoms, reclaim your sex drive, and optimize your fertility.
Menstruation matters, so let’s stop the secrecy and get real about periods! By paying attention to the clues your brilliant, beautiful body is giving you, you’ll have all the clues to overcome hormonal issues once and for all and become your best self.
Introducing the BALANCE by FLO Living Hormone Supplement Kit
You’ve been asking me for hormone-friendly supplement recommendations, and I finally have created a solution that I am so thrilled to be able to offer to you on your hormonal balancing journey:
Balance by FLO Living Supplements are a complete package that work together to keep your hormone levels healthy. They include a 2 month (2 cycle) supply of the following formulations so you’re never caught short in any phase of your cycle.
When you take these 5 supplements daily, you’ll be giving your body excellent micronutrients to support healthier hormone levels. Which means that you’ll start to see your worst period symptoms get better… and even disappear after a while.