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03 August 2015 @ 10:49 pm

I'm new to this community and menstrual cups. I have a question I hope someone can help me with.

I'm using a menstrual cup for the first time and I've noticed the blood it's collecting is very dark brown, almost black. Is this normal or should the blood be red? I am on the third day of my period so I don't think it should be old blood. I have only been using the cup for around eight hours without emptying it. Is the blood collected by the cup normally darker than that on pads or should I be concerned about this?

Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 4th, 2015 12:51 am (UTC)
It's perfectly normal but you might be a bit dehydrated. Drink more water before and during your next period and see if your flow is redder.
ruby+;_____☆★contradictz on August 4th, 2015 05:59 am (UTC)
Oh! I had no idea hydration would effect periods!
chocce on August 4th, 2015 10:33 am (UTC)

I'm new to menstrual cups too and have been trying them out for the last three periods.

Brown or black menstrual flow is perfectly normal. When any blood (period flow or from a wound) comes into contact with air and starts to clot it will turn this colour (i.e. the red coloured compounds (haem) will oxidise (think of the colour of used bandages / plasters / band-aids). Menstrual flow is usually this colour if flow is slow/light as it has more time to oxidise before leaving the body (or collecting in a cup). Flow is usually redder on the heaviest day (e.g. day 2).

Although this is all perfectly normal, I'll add a "disclaimer". If you do see any changes in your vaginal secretions from what's usual for you, make sure you do get checked out by a healthcare professional.

Good luck!