If you see some lumps or blood clots during your period and wondered why these “lumps of blood” appear, do not be shocked! Menstrual blood clots are a normal thing to have in most situations. Here are some information about menstrual blood clots that you might want to know!
1. What exactly are menstrual blood clots?
Menstrual blood clots are thick coagulated blood that your body releases during your period. It is commonly found when a female is experiencing heavy flows.
2. Why do these menstrual blood clots appear?
As the thick menstrual lining of your uterus sheds away, anticoagulants are released to break down the lining into a more liquid form. When a female experiences heavy flow, the thick menstrual lining is removed too quickly for the anticoagulants to break down the blood. Hence, the lining comes out in a thicker form that results in menstrual blood clots.
3. Are menstrual blood clots signs of health problems?
Other than a symptom of heavy flow, blood clots can be a warning sign about your health too! You should be worrying about the blood clots if:
- the blood clots are significantly large in size,
- they occur when you are not on your period or during pregnancy and
- you experience severe cramps and pain at your abdomen when the blood clots are released.
4. So what does it mean when the blood clots seem unusual?
Here are some reasons why you may be experiencing unusual blood clot symptoms:
If you are pregnant, visit a doctor immediately if you notice blood clots, excessive bleeding or grey tissue as these may be signs of miscarriage. However, it is common to have light spotting or bleeding during pregnancy so do not be alarmed when you bleed during pregnancy.
2. Iron deficiency
It is proven that iron deficiency may result in clotting. Take a blood test to see if you are low in iron and take supplements only if it is required! Do ask your gynae for advice.
Endometriosis is a condition resulting from the appearance of endometrial tissue outside the uterus and causing pelvic pain, especially associated with menstruation. It is commonly diagnosed in females aged 40 and above. So if you are 40 and above and experience profuse, painful period cycles along with the release of blood clots, do get a check up as soon as possible.
Myoma is a benign tumor that develops inside or around the uterus. It results in the increase of the size of the womb and the endometrium area of your uterus. Symptoms of Myoma include:
- Profuse menstrual periods
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Abdominal pains during urination
- Difficulties in urinating
- Frequent urination
- Pelvic pains
5. How do I reduce the risk of having menstrual blood clots?
To minimize the possibility of having menstrual blood clots, here are a few methods that you can try!
- Keep yourself warm when you are having your period and avoid eating cold and raw food
- Eat foods that contain high salicylates (natural blood thinning chemicals) such as fruits (blueberries, grapes, oranges..) and nuts
- Reduce stress as it causes your uterus to tense up and prevents a smooth blood flow