What does it mean if my menstrual blood is brown?

Sangeeta Sinha, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Menstrual blood comes in various shades depending on how long it's been sitting in the uterus or vagina, says Sangeeta Sinha, MD, from StoneSprings Hospital Center. Watch this video to find out when it might be worrisome.
Sonia M. Ceballos, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
If menstrual blood is brown in color, it’s simply old blood. Watch Sonia Ceballos, MD, of MountainView Hospital, explain why brown blood is normal during menstruation. 
Alisa Vitti
Alternative & Complementary Medicine

If your menstrual blood is brown and late to start, this typically indicates low levels of progesterone. In this video, functional nutrition specialist Alisa Vitti describes how hormone imbalances can affect the color of your menstrual blood.


Mia Lundin
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
It usually means that your estrogen is somewhat low or it could also be a sign of a vaginal infection.

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