No, I'm a male - I think Cyan is the female name. If not, I'll happily change it =P.
Anyway, the blood is bright red every time. I've never had it any darker than that, always bright red. When I had it looked at by a colon specialist about a year ago, he said I was bleeding because of Hemorrhoids. My BMs still do smell quite a bit, but are usually soft (almost liquid, but not quite) and look shiny as well.