Period Blood Clots – Something to worry about?


Menstruation is an essential part of every woman’s life, thus period blood clots are normal.

However, there are some women who experience too much blood release, and sometimes blood clots from time to time make them worry. Blood clots can be evaluated through the blood count and the duration of its clotting. Since the occurrence of period blood clots is normal in women, it is not related to any serious or threatening disease. Therefore, it is not alarming.

During menstruation, clumps in the lining of the uterus are released with the blood. To prevent the obstruction of menstrual blood, a woman’s body releases anticoagulants. But these anticoagulants cannot perform their function well if the menstrual flow is too heavy. Thus, blood clots are formed.

When do you have to worry about period blood clots

There are some instances when period blood clots should be given attention immediately. It is when very large blood clots are present during your menstrual period together with pain, and if the duration of clotting goes beyond the normal length of menstrual period. Though pain is normal, too much of it is not. This happens because there is hormonal change and imbalance that exist which then results to blood clotting. Hormonal changes do exist for several reasons, and this may include the following:

•    Menopausal stage
•    Weight change
•    Side effects of medications
•    Large uterus
•    Blocking of menstrual blood.

If you are experiencing too much blood clots during your period, it means that there is something not right in your uterus lining, and it is always associated with several symptoms such as menstrual cramps and discomfort. If you happen to experience a very large amount of blood clot and you observe these symptoms, you better consult your doctor or gynecologist to detect the underlying problem, if there is any.

Never assume anything about what you feel because you are not an expert when it comes to medical things. Still, you need to see your doctor to better understand your situation and to know what’s causing such blood clot and abnormal menstruation. The main purpose of this is to prevent any possible complication in your system. Your doctor will conduct diagnosis before confirming if what you are experiencing is a normal condition or something that should be given a remedy.

Your doctor may conduct a variety of tests depending on your existing symptoms. This is usually determined through Pap smear, ultrasound, biopsy and some other procedures. As a woman, you can have a normal menstruation through proper diet, regular exercise and healthy lifestyle. This could absolutely help you when you are having your menstrual period.

Generally speaking, period blood clots are not harmful.

Changes in your menstrual pattern are not a big issue. However, if the occurrence of clots happens for several times, you should consult your physician instantly. Since your physician knows the best for you, you should communicate with him. You may also look for any other information about period blood clots in order to ensure that your reproductive health will always be at its best.

If you want to learn more about your body read also How to stop your period.

Call me "Sam". I'm an assistant editor at The Access Project, a Mother, a Single Parent, and an Architect. That's about as many roles as I have time for, but I am committed to supporting women's health and access to information.