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clip Blood Clots During Period: Is it Normal, What Causes It, and What to Do About It
May 10, 2019, 02:07:17 PM by Charles Dickson
Blood Clots During Period: Is it Normal, What Causes It, and What to Do About It?



Last updated on July 10, 2018 By Jing J. 28 Comments

If you pass blood clots during your period, you may be wondering if it is normal. Read on to see what kinds of blood clots are normal and what are not.
blood clots during period

Do you pass blood clots during your period? Are they large or small? What color are they, bright red, purple or black? Do these clots cause pain or accompany heavy menstrual bleeding?

These are some of the questions I ask when supporting ladies in our community to harmonize their menstrual cycles.

More often than not, these women tell me that they do notice dark blood clots during their period, and that these clots are often accompanied by menstrual cramps and/or heavy bleeding.

What about you?

It can be alarming to see big, dark blood clots during menstruation. You may be asking yourself: Is it normal to pass clots? What causes this? And what can I do about it?

In this post, Iíll help address concerns you may have about clotting during your period.
Is it normal to have blood clots during your period?

To answer this question, we first need to know just what normal is. Perfect menstrual blood should have the following characteristics:
Color of the Menstrual Blood:

Normal red, not too pale and not too dark
Quantity of the Menstrual Blood:

Not too heavy and not too little, usually between 4 and 12 teaspoons each cycle
Consistency of the Menstrual Blood:

Not too thick and not too thin, without clots

This is, of course, an ideal situation. In reality, many women do not meet the criteria for perfect menstrual blood.
Blood Clots Could be Normal or Abnormal

So by the consensus of the medical community, itís considered normal to pass blood clots during your period, as along as:

    The clots are not as big as the size of a quarter;
    The clots do not accompany severe menstrual cramps or abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding; and
    The clots do not occur in between periods or during pregnancy.

If your blood clots meet one of the criteria listed above, itís important that you see your gynecologist and get a checkup.
What causes blood clotting during your period?

During menstruation, a womanís body sheds the uterus lining along with blood.
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To facilitate the blood flow, our bodies typically release anticoagulants to keep menstrual blood from blotting.

But when the period is heavy and blood is being expelled rapidly, thereís not enough time for anticoagulants to work, which enables clots to form.

Common causes of blood clots during periods include:
Hormonal Changes

As you know, estrogen and progesterone regulate the production and shedding of the uterine lining.

When this delicate balance is disturbed, it can lead to the development of an excessively thick uterine lining.

This thickness can contribute to more bleeding than usual. It can also cause clots in the menstrual blood when the lining is shed.

Estrogen dominance is perhaps the most common type of hormone imbalance that causes thick uterine lining and blood clotting during period.

Find out if you have any of the signs and symptoms of estrogen dominance, and learn safe and natural ways to lower your estrogen levels.
Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids or leiomyomas are non-malignant tumors of the uterus.

Women with uterine fibroids have increased menstrual bleeding and are also prone to pass blood clots during their period.
Endometriosis or Adenomyosis

In endometriosis, the tissue of the uterine lining grows outside the uterus, whereas in adenomyosis, it grows in the uterine muscle.

Abnormal periods with heavy blood flow can occur in both of these conditions, so can blood clots.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

In PCOS, irregular hormone levels lead to symptoms such as weight gain, abnormal hair growth, irregularities in menstruation, prolonged or heavy bleeding during menses, and the passage of blood clots during menses.
How to prevent or reduce blood clots during your period

Now that you understand the likely causes of menstrual clotting, you can take steps to address these root causes.

And when you do, youíll not only take care of the blood clotting during your period, but also take care of the accompanying period pain, heavy menstrual bleeding and PMS.

Here are some tips:
1) Keep warm during menstruation.
2) Avoid exposing yourself to cold, damp environments.

 This may include swimming, wearing midriffs, or sitting on a cold or wet floor during menstruation.
3) Avoid eating cold and raw foods during your period.

Coldness constricts blood vessels, which can cause the formation of blood clots or make them worse.

Personally, I also love cuddling up with a cozy microwavable warmer.
4) Reduce stress and relax.

Stress and unpleasant moods tense up the uterus and inhibit a smooth blood flow. So itís very important that you keep yourself relaxed and calm during menstruation.
5) Try herbs.

Cramp Bark exact is known to relaxes uterine muscles, help pass blood clots, and reduce menstrual cramps.

And if you like tea, try Traditional Medicineís Healthy Cycle Tea, a blend of raspberry, nettle, angelica root, thistle and cramp bark that support healthy menstruation.
6) Take Fish Oil and Vitamin E Supplements.

Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E are anticoagulants, which means that they can help prevent and reduce the formation of blood clots.
7) Eat foods with high amounts of aspirin-like substances called salicylates.

Salicylates is a natural blood thinner, which can be found in many spices, fruits and nuts.

Herbs and spices high in salicylates include:

    Garlic
    Ginger
    Turmeric
    Cinnamon
    Curry powder
    Cayenne pepper
    Paprika
    Thyme
    Dill
    Oregano
    Licorice
    Peppermint

Fruits high in salicylates include:

    Raisins
    Prunes
    Cherries
    Cranberries
    Blueberries
    Grapes
    Strawberries
    Tangerines
    Oranges

Other substances high in salicylates:

    Honey
    Green tea
    Vinegar
    Wine
    Cider

8) Rebalance your hormones.
xx Heavy bleeding after menstruation could be an indication of health problem
September 21, 2016, 03:43:10 PM by Isaac Adeniran
An Abuja-based Gynecologist, Dr Adaora Ukoh, said heavy bleeding after menstruation could be an indication of underlying health problems.

She disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.

Ukoh explained that spotting or bleeding after menstruation period was a condition where the woman still noticed some amount of blood droppings days or weeks after her menstrual cycle.

She added that every womanís cycle differ in some ways and should be considered normal as long as the pattern of the cycle remained steady, saying that most spotting after period was normal.

The expert noted that a healthy menstrual cycle last between 28 and 32 days in which the woman experienced bleeding between three and five days, though, it could be up to seven days for some women.

Ukoh identified rough sexual intercourse shortly after menses and remaining uterine tissue as factors that could predispose a woman to spotting or bleeding after menstrual cycle.

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xx Symptoms that many women experience before their periods
June 18, 2012, 11:15:02 AM by Success Writer
remenstrual syndrome (PMS) or premenstrual tension (PMT) are symptoms that many women experience about seven to ten days before their periods.  Some of the discomforts experienced are mood swings, depression, anxiety, insomnia, food cravings, bloatedness, and in severe cases even epilepsy.  Some women experience heightened emotions and hypersensitivity a few days before their periods.

Other symptoms include headaches, backaches, fatigue, restlessness and even weight gain.  If you encounter any of these symptoms described above, you need to start making changes to your lifestyle/dietary to the degree of discomfort you are facing.
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