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. A blood clot is a thick mass of menstrual blood that is expelled from your body when you menstruate. Clots are most common during the heaviest part of your flow which is usually the first few days. Вlook 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 that break down thick menstrual blood before it leaves your body. During a heavy flow, blood is expelled faster and the anticoagulants may not have enough time to breakВdown the blood. That s when the clots form. Is my period blood normal? Itвs normal for the consistancy of your period blood to change from one period to the next. One month you might experience many large blood clots during your period, another not.
This can depend on your diet and lifestyle. Blood Clots in your period are generally bright or darker red and can sometimes make your menstrual flow seem dense and thick. However, if your period is regularly
(you have to change your pad or tampon every hour), and 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 youвre near the end of your period. This is a normal color change. It happens mostly during the end, when the menstrual flow isnвt as heavy anymore. Itвs old blood that is not being expelled from the body fast enough. Like mentioned above, menstrual clots are common and usually need no further medical treatment. The best way to manage blood clots is to use a menstrual product that helps you monitor the consistency of your menstrual blood, for example,.
Tampons and pads absorb period flow but cannot absorb thick blood or menstrual blood clots. В are different, they collect your flow and menstrual clots as they leave your body naturally. Because menstrual cups collect blood, you are able to see the menstrual blood that is passed from your body. This can be important to get to know the colour, consistency and quantity of blood lost during your period. Knowing these details about your flow means you can spot any significant changes in your period, which can be an indicator to some health issues. If youвve never heard of a menstrual cup before, have a look at to see how it works and why itвs a healthier menstrual solution than tampons or pads. If you are passing many thick, large clots or bleeding heavily every month, it could be caused by a health issue. Visiting your doctor will help you rule out any further problems. There can occasionally be other causes for blood clots such as hormonal changes, miscarriage, menopause or endometriosis. If you are concerned, get a consult with your doctor.
If you have any questions or concerns about period problems or want to know more about menstrual hygiene options, check our additional info pages: В The bloody truth of getting your period is that it s going to be bloody. It s likely you ll beВ exposed toВ an array of colors and consistencies throughout your menstruating years, so we thought it would be helpful to de-code your period colors and tell you what the different menstrual blood colors mean and if/when you should be concerned. Colors that should not cause concern: Bright Red Bright red blood usually tells us that it is fresh, or new, blood. When your flow is heavy, you ll like see bright red (or pink) blood. В Some women will stay this shade for their whole cycle, which means their flow/uterine shedding is consistent. Dark Red You may see dark red blood when you wake up and first use the bathroom on your cycle, in the morning. Or during the middle of your cycle. This is blood that has been sitting in the uterus for a little while. Brown Brown blood is old blood. This is usually seen at the beginning or end of the period cycle, usually when you haveВ very light bleeding because it takes some time to exit your body.
If you have brown blood between periods it may be a concern so check in with your doctor. В Colors to stay on alert for: Orange When mixed with cervical mucous, orange blood can be normal, but sometimes is it associated with an infection. So probably best to see your doc. В Gray Gray blood may be a sign of an infection or a miscarriage. В Get on that phone. В Other bloody facts: Irregular bleeding A normal cycle is 21-35 days. If you are experiencing bleeding between periods, it may be bright red, dark red, or brown. Check with your doctor is you experience irregular bleeding. В Consistency changes Color changes are not a concern, unless orange and gray, but consistency may be a concern. If you constantly have heavy periods and bleed through pads, you may become anemic. There are medications available to help you have less heavy periods. В If you are concerned about irregularities in your cycle, we recommend speaking withВ your doctor. В