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What gives period blood its color & why does that color fluctuate?
Verified by Dr. Staci Tanouye, MD FACOG, OB/GYN
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Period blood can be a wide variety of colors, not just the typical red associated with blood. This can include brownish red, browns, and deep reds. Browner and darker hues of blood could be due to the process of oxidation where older blood has been exposed to oxygen for a longer time, therefore changing the color. Meanwhile lighter shades of red merely mean that the blood is newer and has not had the time to oxidize and get darker. Nonetheless, changing colors is entirely normal!

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