What Is Period Blood made of and look like?
During menstruation, women shed the lining of their womb as menstrual or period blood. A normal menstrual cycle is between 21 days to 35 days long.
The amount of blood loss during each period cycle varies from woman to woman. Around 4 to 12 teaspoon of menstruation blood is lost each cycle.
In the first half of the menstrual cycle, estrogen hormone is produced. Estrogen hormone is responsible for growing and thickening the lining of the uterus in preparation for pregnancy.
Around the middle of your cycle, approximately Day 14, ovulation occurs.
Ovulation is the release of an egg from a matured follicle in the ovary.
After ovulation, the progesterone hormone takes over to further thicken the lining of the uterus from where the estrogen hormone left off.
The egg released at ovulation only survives for 12 -24 hours. If not fertilised by a sperm within 12-24 hours, the egg moves into the uterus where it disintegrates and is passed out with menstrual blood in the next 2 weeks.
If no fertilisation occurs, the level of progesterone hormone starts to decline since it is no longer needed to support pregnancy.
Approximately 14 days after ovulation, the uterus contracts to shed its thickened lining as your period flow known as menstruation.
A typical period lasts for 3-7days.
Have you ever wondered what your menstrual blood composition is?
What is Period Blood Made OF?
Wondering what menstrual blood composition is?
Menstrual blood is composed of blood, vaginal and cervical secretion, old tissues, red blood cells and mucin.
The blood also contains sodium, calcium, phosphate, chloride and iron. The composition of menstrual blood differs from woman to woman. The thickness of the uterus also has an effect on the content.
Some women also have blood clots during their periods which is normal if the clot is not larger than a quarter.
Large sized blood clots in period is a sign that something isn't quite right. See your doctor immediately if this happens.
Is mestrual Blood Clean?
Many people wonder is period blood dirty or clean?
According to scientist menstrual blood is clean and healthy.
But I personally advise not to consume your menstrual blood.
Menstrual Blood vs Regular Blood
Is menstrual blood different from regular blood?
Menstrual blood is different from your normal blood in terms of its content and its properties.
Normal blood contains a higher concentration of proteins than in menstrual blood.
Also various composites that make up menstrual blood are found in higher quantities in normal blood.
What is Period Blood Suppose to look like?
What your period blood looks like can vary from month to month. And various factors such as the presence of fibroids, polyps, endometriosis determine what it looks and feels like.
Inaddition, the color and apperance of your menstrual flow is determined by how fast the blood is being passed from open blood vessels to the uterus.
Here are the types of menstrual blood you can experience:
- Bright red Period Blood
- Brown Period Blood
- Black period blood
- Dark red or Dark brown period blood
A bright red color means it is a fresh blood and the blood is being passed quickly from the blood vessels to the uterus. In short your flow is fast.
A darker color of period means your flow is slow. The rate at which the flow is passed from the blood vessel to the uterus is slow.
A Dark color of blood during menses is also caused by shedding of old uterine lining or deoxygenated blood
Period blood on a pad (what it looks like)