What the color of your period says about your hormones



hi everybody thank you so much for joining I hope you had a fantastic weekend wherever you are whatever you are doing and I hope that you are ready for the week okay so today we are going to talk about what the color of your period says about your hormones so I don't know about you guys but I definitely grew up hating having a period it's messy it's annoying it comes at the worst times possible I had no positive feelings towards it whatsoever until I got older and really until I started learning about fertility how to support a healthy female body what our hormones were doing and I realized that our period is actually a really great indicator of our health it's like getting this little report card every single month of what your hormones have been up to and how well they've been working and so I want to share that information as much as possible so that we can turn around the way we see our period because we're gonna get it at least we should be if our bodies are working well every month for the majority of our life and so any way that we can see this as a positive as something that's actually helping us the better our lives will be right okay so um your cycle really is your fifth vital sign um your hormones are creating all of these things in your body and so by observing the end result right your period or your cycle we can interpret what our hormones have been doing and the color is really the easiest thing it's the easiest thing to observe and it's the easiest thing to correlate with what has been going on with our hormones so we're just gonna go down this beautiful gradient I hope that this is this is I hope you enjoy this as much as it's on this side as much as I do I I like making this it was really pretty okay so light pink this is like you have a very light cycle you are probably the kind of woman who your period is only two or three days it's really short to begin with it's very light and you get just this very light pink you know easy cycle but this really is a sign of low estrogen so estrogen is a growth hormone that's really what it does and one of its main jobs is to grow this really thick healthy uterine lining so that if you get pregnant they're somewhere for the baby to implants right that's what our body should be doing but if you don't have enough estrogen you're not building up that really thick uterine lining you're getting just a very thin one and so by the time your period comes around it's very light very faint and this is an indicator of what your hormones have been up to now low estrogen could be one of two things so it could be a low production of estrogen like your body just isn't producing enough estrogen or it could be a balance issue where your body is producing too much of other hormones and so by comparison estrogen is too low that's important to know to take the whole picture into account because you could be looking at your estrogen on paper and be like oh it's in the perfect range but looking at the ratios of everything else you can be getting basically the cause of low estrogen in your symptoms even though on paper it looks perfect so this is really important to know and in either case whatever the root cause estrogen is really important for bone health it's important for having a healthy libido for having an easy transition into menopause we want to make sure that our estrogen is robust in those years beforehand to have an easy transition so you want to make sure that that is balanced as soon as possible so from there we've got this nice just read write and this is what we're looking for this is what we want to see cranberry red with small clots anything less than about the size of a quarter totally normal we should be seeing some clots right there it's not just blood there's tissue and you want to make sure that all of that is being removed so clots are totally normal it's just when they get large that it becomes a problem so if you're seeing things as long as it's smaller than a quarter you're totally good so this cranberry color really is it's it's a good color for the correct balance between estrogen and progesterone this is a healthy balanced color now if it starts getting dark right and you start seeing this kind of really deep color this dark almost purplish blue color especially with a lot of clots this can be a sign of too high estrogen right so estrogen is our growth hormone and so if you are if you have too much of that growth you're going to be growing a super thick uterine lining and then by the time your period comes you've got these large clots it's really dark blood you are probably having very long periods they could be seven days or longer and you are probably also the woman who's really prone to PMS all of this is related and so having this really long period a lot of clots it's very very common to also be having PMS problems the breast tenderness anxiety mood swings acne flare up all of that is related to what is going on with your hormones so this fourth color is brown bleeding and this is actually pretty common especially seeing brown blood at the very beginning of your cycle or at the very end like if you get a little bit of brown spotting before you actually get a period or in the days after your period there's a little bit of brown and that's a very common pattern and it's very indicative of low progesterone so if you've ever seen a graph of our hormones during our cycle and what they're doing and at the very end I should use this hand so you can see at the very end of your cycle your estrogen and progesterone both plummet and it's this decrease that triggers your period to come it tells your body there is no see this month we're done with this cycle let's release everything and start over fresh right but if your progesterone is too low that might not trigger fully so you might not fully release everything that needs to be gotten rid of so this is this brown bleeding is really some remnants of the cycle before that didn't get fully released and that during the month just slowly started to oxidize which is why it's that brown color and so we next week we're gonna do an entire video on what to do about brown bleeding because this is so common very very common for a little bit of the spotting at least if not like full-on just brown bleeding and low progesterone is a really big issue when it comes to fertility so if this is you if this is your color be sure to tune in next week so that you can get that video on what to do about that okay so there's one more color that we need to address which is no color it is a missing period this last color is just as important if you're not having a period at all that definitely is saying something about your hormones right our our menstrual cycle is a vital sign whether you're getting your period or not it's and and really like whether you're trying to conceive or not it doesn't really matter where what age you are what's going on in terms of lifestyle our bodies should be going through this process each month right and so if your period is just missing completely that is a big sign that your body needs support and there can be a lot of things going on there so it could be it could be the low estrogen it could be low progesterone for a lot of women it's too low body fat this is very much if this is you you are like a big exerciser like you run marathons or you do a lot of CrossFit you're probably a amazing at it but you might be under eating and so your body just doesn't have like the raw materials that it needs to maintain a healthy menstrual cycle that's fairly common and if that's not you but you're still not getting your period it could be something like PCOS but in either case it is still a little report card of what your hormones have been doing that you can use our menstrual cycle really is our fifth vital sign and so if your period is missing completely that is like a sign that your body is screaming out for help all of these signs and symptoms like all of the annoying things that we deal with the headaches the bloating energy issues all of that stuff that we wish like would just go away that really is your body trying to communicate with you of what's going wrong and where it needs support it really is like our bodies don't have the ability to communicate with our conscious minds in language that we can understand all that our bodies can do is create pain right create discomfort it can show us in these signs and symptoms what is going wrong and then all we need to do is be aware which is a big one and care about ourselves enough to go out and find the answers to what these messages really mean so many of us are so disconnected from how our bodies feel which really makes a lot of sense you know a lot of us are in a huge amount of discomfort we all are dealing with bloating headaches migraines difficult bowel movements like whatever it is for you so many of us and like if you look you know just in our in our world at the other people around us we can see it like we are all in such discomfort and so to take a minute to really check in with yourself and feel that it's not fun it doesn't feel good I totally totally get that but what's amazing is that when you you become aware of the discomfort that's what motivates you to find the answers of how you can support your body right if we are totally disconnected from our bodies and we're just living in our minds in in television in stories and fantasy and we're all up here then it might feel easier day-to-day to go about our lives and cope with this but we'll never go seek out the answers to solve what's going on underneath right like if you're not aware that you have a problem why would you ever seek out the solution to that problem and so by taking a few minutes to just check in with ourselves and really feel how our bodies feel even if it feels really bad that is where you find the desire in yourself the self-love and the self-care to say I don't want to accept this I don't want to feel like this for the rest of my life this is not okay what can I do about it right and then you go out and you find your answers and so what's beautiful about our menstrual cycles is that we get this incredible array of information every single month that can give you that information about what your body needs and how it needs to be supported it's really really amazing and that is available to you anytime you want to learn about it right even if you don't have a period right now if it's been like six months since your last cycle you can pick up learning about your signs and symptoms at any point and start getting that information from your body it's incredible all right everyone I hope that this was helpful so next week we're gonna do a video all about what to do if you do have brown bleeding because that is so so common by far what I see the most with clients is a lot of brown bleeding a lot of brown spotting the things that just need to be cleared out so tune in for that next week and in the meantime if you want to talk about any of this if you want help with any of this you know where to find me I am here on Facebook and I'm over it pumpkins calm all right everyone I'll talk to you soon

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