You may notice different colors of menstrual blood that may range from bright red to orange, brown to black. Though most colors may be considered healthy or normal, some may be a reason to visit your doctor. Why can your period blood be black?
You may see this color throughout your cycle, usually around the time of your regular menstrual period. When blood takes extra time to exit the uterus, it oxidizes. This can cause it to appear a shade of brown to dark brown or black in color.
There comes a time in most women's lives when she looks down at her underwear and wonders, What the actual eff is that?! Okay, maybe that's a little extreme. But weird-colored vaginal discharge can seriously freak you TF out—especially when it's brown.
Women's Health. The release of brown discharge is often caused by a small amount of old blood mixing with your normal vaginal discharge. This creates a brown tinge.
Pretty much by day two of your very first period, you're accustomed to the sight of blood falling out of your vagina. But life likes to throw us curve balls, and so sometimes — just to mix it up! It shows up when it shouldn't, fails to show up when it should, and on extra special occasions, doesn't look like blood at all.
Back to Health A to Z. Menopause is usually diagnosed in women over 45 who haven't had a period for more than a year. Any bleeding from the vagina after this needs to be checked by a GP.
Jump to content. Top of the page Check Your Symptoms. Many women experience abnormal vaginal bleeding or spotting between periods sometime in their lives.