Amount of fluid
Another difference between periods versus withdrawal bleeding is the amount of fluid. The lightness or heaviness of menstrual flow varies between women (and can even vary between cycles). This variation is generally normal. On average, women can expect to shed less than 80 mL of menstrual fluid per period.
On the other hand, a withdrawal bleed is usually lighter than a period bleed. This is due to the alteration of the uterine lining. Women who experience very heavy periods can benefit from using hormonal contraceptives. Usually, the symptoms of dysmenorrhea and cramping are lessened.
Composition of fluid
Lastly, the third difference between the two types of bleeds are their composition. Normal period bleeds contain a mixture of blood and parts of the uterine lining. The color of menstrual blood usually starts off a light red color and becomes deep red to brown after several days of bleeding.
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