What’s that?! Blood clots in your menstrual blood
You may be alarmed the first time you see clots in your menstrual blood, but as long as there are not too many of them they are nothing to worry about. However, if the blood clots cause discomfort, embarrassing situations or painful symptoms, it is time to take action.
A large number of clots during your period
It is not unusual to experience blood clots during your periods from time to time. However, if you regularly have large blood clots the size of a 10p piece (or larger), it is worth visiting your GP to get check out. You may be suffering from menorrhagia (heavy periods). This is a recognised medical problem that affects 1 in 5 women in the UK. It can have a major impact on those suffering with it with symptoms in addition to heavy bleeding including, anaemia, bleeding between periods and fatigue to name a few.
Various factors can cause clots in your menstrual blood:
Blood clots caused by menopausal changes
It is common for women to experience all kinds of changes to their periods around the time of their menopause. This can vary from a shorter cycle to prolonged, heavy periods with severe pain and blood clots. Read about how the change of life affects your periods.
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) disrupts the body’s hormone balance and can therefore cause heavy periods. These heavy periods may be accompanied by blood clots.
Fibroids or polyps
Fibroids (also known as myomas) can cause blood clots during menstruation. The cause of fibroids is not known, but hormone production is known to play a part. They usually occur later in life with women who are overweight or of Afro-Caribbean descent at higher risk of developing them. Read about why some women develop fibroids and others do not here.
Normal periods and blood clots
Whether or not you can establish a clear cause, a high number of large blood clots during your periods is not normal. If you are concerned about blood clots during your period, it is advisable to make an appointment with your GP. Prepare yourself by filling in this questionnaire and bring a print to your appointment.