Period blood clots: When they are normal and when to be concerned

Originally Published on 12/23/2020 Period blood clots | By Ashley Laderer,Lauren

Period blood clots the size of raisins are normal and common during a heavy flow.
But clotting may be a cause for concern if the clots are larger than a quarter or accompanied by heavy bleeding that forces you to change your pad or tampon more than once an hour.
Abnormal clotting can be a sign of fibroids, endometriosis, adenomyosis, or a miscarriage.
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People who menstruate have a lot to deal with when they’re on their periods, from cramps to worrying about leaking through pads and tampons.

Another concern can be period blood clots. These clots are made up of coagulated blood and tissue which are expelled from the uterus during menstruation. They are relatively common if you have heavy periods.

Here’s what you need to know about period blood clots, and when you should see a doctor about them.

Period blood clots can be normal

Period blood clots aren’t always a cause for alarm. In fact, it’s quite normal to experience period blood clots, says Sherry Ross, MD, OB/GYN and Women’s Health Expert at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California.

“Small clots the size of raisins are usually nothing to worry about and can happen during a heavy blood flow,” says Ross. | | | Next → |

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