What’s “Normal” for Blood Clots During Your Period – And What’s Not?
While blood clots during your period are common, it is important to note that, unlike with a standard cut wound, these clots are quite different. Instead of a traditional blood clot, period blood clots are a mixture of various parts, including the uterine lining, dead tissue, and blood.
While they are usually natural and nothing to worry about, if you notice larger or frequent blood clots, you may have questions. After all, blood clots are typically a sign of heavy menstrual bleeding, and should definitely be evaluated if you have concerns.
When are Menstrual Blood Clots “Normal?”
Blood clots during menstrual bleeding are normal and range from the size of a dime, up to the size of a nickel during the heaviest part of your period. If they are a little on the larger size, such as the size of a quarter, and you aren’t experiencing any severe symptoms like cramping pain, you shouldn’t worry too much. As for color, light red to dark red are perfectly normal.
When are Menstrual Blood Clots Not “Normal?”
When it comes to blood clots in menstrual bleeding, keeping an eye on what’s normal for you and what seems “off” is important. Normally, if you have a lot of clots that are larger than the size of a quarter, you may want to get this issue evaluated by a physician. If you find yourself with a longer or heavier flow, or if you are experiencing pain or other symptoms with your menstrual cycle, another condition could be causing this heavy menstrual bleeding. Some of these conditions include:
- Uterine fibroids
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Uterine polyps
- Hormone imbalances
If you are suffering from one of these conditions, there is help. Treatments for endometriosis are available and can help reduce menstrual blood flow, blood clots, and pain associated with the condition. Hormone imbalances can be corrected through hormone replacement therapies, and fibroids and polyps can be removed through a minimally invasive procedure. These treatments, as well as an evaluation from a doctor, can help determine the causes of heavy menstrual bleeding and correct it.
If you would like to learn more about any of these conditions, or if you are experiencing heavy menstrual bleeding and clotting, feel free to call the office of Dr. Ghozland to set up an appointment and get evaluated today.