What would cause orange-ish red menstrual blood ? It has been this way for me over the last 4-5 or more cycles and I don't recall ever noticing the orange tint before, ever. I am 38 years old, have regular cycle with minimal pain during onset, usually.
Already Tried: I have searched the internet and found that some other women are experiencing this same symptom (orange-red menstrual blood).I haven't been to the doctor yet because I just now started to be concerned about it. I don't know why I didn't become alarmed at first. I thought it may have been some medication I had taken in the past that was making me have this new color. I used to take Protonix for GERD, but discontinued that in November. I currently only take Magnesium supps. for MVP and Rolaids for acid indigestion. I had been taking the Rolaids a lot for a while.
Could this cause my problem ?
Orange hue to the menstrual blood is quite normal unless you notice that the discharge is smelly. If the discharge is smelly, this indicates an infection and would need to be seen by a doctor- otherwise there is no need to see a doctor. The appearance is orange as this is a mixture of vaginal mucus and blood.
So this orange tint is normal. Is it because I'm older ? Well, I did notice that younger women in their twenties have noticed this, too. It is the color of a blood orange (the fruit) and I have no foul odor with it. I just know that my menstrual blood has always been bright red and so I was concerned. I had some other health issues going on with me since last early summer and I thought maybe this was relative.
So, orange-ish is okay? Why would it suddenly change to this color if it was always bright red, all of my life?
Sounds good. I do not have excess vaginal mucus when I am not on my period--just some around ovulation. I did have a normal pap last July. I had abnormal ones a couple of years prior because of mild dysplasia due to HPV. I had the LEEP and my last couple of PAPs have been normal.
Can the Surepath pap be as accurate as the Thin-prep for detecting abnomalities with your pap ? The Dr. used Surepath last time. Just curious. Want to make sure my last normal pap was really accurate.