Blood Clots During Your Period

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Blood clots in your period flow can be very normal and simply a natural part of your menstruation.

Many women pass period clots at some point during their menstrual lifetime. It is usually nothing to worry about and can be managed by using the right menstrual hygiene product that suits your flow.

Signs of blood clots during your period

  • A blood clot is a heavy mass of menstrual blood that is being read from your body when you menstruate.
  • Clots are most common during the heaviest part of your flow - which is usually the first few days.
  • Blood clots  look like chunky, jelly-like blobs that vary in size and color.

What causes period blood clots?

During menstruation, the thick lining of your uterus (womb) breaks away. As you menstruate, anticoagulants are released. During a heavy flow, blood is expelled faster and the anticoagulants may not have time to break down the blood. That's when the clots form.

Is my period blood normal?

It's normal for the period of your blood to change from one period to the next. During your period, another not. This can depend on your diet and lifestyle.

Blood clots in their period are generally bright or dark red and can sometimes make their menstrual flow.

However, if your period is regularly  very heavy  , you are passing many large, thick clots, then visit a doctor for a health check, just to be sure.

Are darker colors and thicker flows normal in menstrual blood?

You may notice that your menstrual blood becomes a darker shade (this can range from dark brown to almost black) as you near the end of your period. This is a normal color change. It usually happens during the end when the menstrual flow is not as heavy anymore. It's almost bloodless.

Which product is best to manage clots

Like mentioned above, menstrual clots are common and usually need no further medical treatment. The consistency of your menstrual blood, for example,  a menstrual cup .

Tampons and pads absorb blood flow but can not absorb thick blood or menstrual blood clots. Menstrual cups  are different, they collect their flow and menstrual clots as they leave their body naturally.

Because menstrual cups collect blood, you are able to see the menstrual blood that is from your body. During this period, the color, consistency and quantity of blood lost. Knowing these details about your flow means you can spot any significant changes in your period, which may indicate some health issues.

If you've ever heard of a menstrual cup before, read "How to use a menstrual cup" to see how it works and why it's a better period than tampons or pads (hint: save a small fortune and stop creating bloody waste) ,  

When to see a doctor

If you are getting a lot of trouble, it could be caused by a health issue. Visiting your doctor will help you rule out any further problems. There may occasionally be other causes for blood clots such as hormonal changes, miscarriage, menopause or endometriosis. If you are concerned, get a consultation with your doctor.

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