You’re probably aware that your monthly visitor takes on a new form every cycle. No two periods are the same, and your period blood’s color and consistency change from day to day.
Still, there are just some cycles that make you panic over a sudden and unexplainable change in your period. Case in point: when your period blood is unusually watery.
If you’re experiencing this and would like to know why, here are a few possible reasons:
It’s either the beginning or end of your period.
According to Healthline, when your period blood is thin and watery, it’s highly likely that it’s “new blood flowing quickly from the uterus.” But if you’re down to the last few days of your period, the matubig discharge is “the result of a low, light flow.”
You’re on some new birth control.
If you’ve started a new birth control method, you may notice several changes in your cycle. One of these changes is the lighter flow which is experienced by most people who use hormonal contraceptives, such as the pill, the hormonal IUD, the implant, the shot, and the patch.
Your estrogen levels are low.
Aside from your period being pink and watery, having low estrogen can lead to lack of vaginal lubrication, fatigue, headaches, mood swings, and other symptoms. The lack of estrogen can stem from different reasons, like excessive exercising, eating disorders, and autoimmune conditions.
You’re about to menopause.
Your lighter flow may also be a sign that you’re experiencing perimenopause aka your body’s transition period to menopause. While most people begin menopause in their 40s, there are few who experience it earlier. According to Mayo Clinic, your “estrogen levels rise and fall during this period,” and it may result in some changes in your menstrual cycle.
Other health conditions
In some cases, lighter period blood may be a symptom of serious health conditions, such as fallopian tumor or cervical cancer. Aside from a watery flow, you should also look out for foul smelling vaginal discharge, frequent bloating, abdominal, or pelvic pain.
These are just a few reasons why your menstrual flow is lighter than usual. If you’re concerned about any odd changes in your body, it’s best to consult your trusted OB to see what’s up.
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