5:59 pm - 10/31/2010

Menstrual blood color changing due to stress and grieving?

Earlier this month my mother died.  The day after I received the news and was leaving to attend to her affairs, I got my period (most inopportune timing ever).  My period was really, really off-kilter from what it normally is.  It was a lot shorter and almost the whole time it was a blackish color.  It had its moments of looking dark red, but for the most part it stayed black. 

I know that stress and grieving can affect your period, but is it normal for it to change colors like that?  At the time I didn't deal with it because I had so much else going on, but now that some time has passed I'm starting to get a little worried about it.  I know older blood can be black in color, but does it make sense for almost all of my period to be that way? 


Thanks for any information you can give me!
archangelbeth 31st-Oct-2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
*offers condolences first*

I would not be concerned if it's just one period like this. I've had an entire period that was pretty much old-blood brown sludge, for no obvious reason. My next one was back to normal.

If you have a second period that's nothing but old-blood look, I would talk to a doctor. Just one, I would tend to write off as either a random variation, or something to do with the stress.

Of course, you can always call a doctor and ask, if it's bugging you.
flawed_karma 1st-Nov-2010 03:33 am (UTC)
I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is horrible. I've been through it and I can promise on thing. It will get easier. And soon enough, you'll smile when you think of her.

I don't think a person can ask for a better epitaph than a smile when they're thought of.

As for the period issue, I wouldn't be too concerned if it's a one off and doesn't happen again. If it does, as gross as it sounds, save a sample of the dark/unusual blood and go see your gyno.

Many times the darker/rusty/chunky/nasty stuff is uterine lining that hasn't managed to shed previously and it all comes out at once. I used to get a period or two per year like that. Found out later in my case it was related to Endo and when the frequency of that kind of period increased, it was directly related to my anemia. All those things added up to a partial hysterectomy at 35.

So keep a eye on it and ask your gyno about it next visit if it's just this one time.
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