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Menstrual Blood Clots

Menstrual blood clots occur during a woman's period and are very common. While most women experience occasional menstrual blood clots, some women have severe issues with passing excessively large blood clots. To learn more about menstrual blood clots and available treatments for them, take a look below at the questions that have been answered by the Experts.

What causes large blood clots and cramping when it’s not time for a period?

Uterine fibroids are generally seen as a common cause of abnormal bleeding. These are found in the uterus and are typically benign masses of muscular tissue. An exam by a doctor or an ultrasound can usually detect the presence of fibroids. When uterine fibroids are small, heavy periods are usually present. As the fibroids grow, the periods become heavier and more irregular and are accompanied by pain. Birth control tends to relieve many of the symptoms associated with fibroids. However, as time goes on, fibroids could begin to create more issues as the woman reaches menopause.

Another possible issue that may cause blood clots and cramping would be a condition known as Adenomyosis. This condition occurs when the uterine glands are unnaturally located in the muscle tissue of the uterus. Both issues will eventually require surgery in order to control the bleeding.

What causes a woman who is 45 years of age to pass large blood clots during a period?

Generally, a woman aged 45 years and older who is experiencing large blood clots during a period could be undergoing hormonal changes in the body. The main cause for this is generally a lack of ovulation. Without ovulation, the uterus cannot slough off the uterine lining which results in a buildup. The buildup will usually cause heavy periods with large blood clots. In many cases, progesterone pills will treat the issue and help the woman's period to return to a normal state. They can also stop the formation of pre-cancerous changes that could arise from hormonal issues. Another possibility is the growth of fibroids which usually creates a heavy flow during every period accompanied by large blood clots. If this isn’t the case, hormonal changes is most likely the cause. At this stage, it is advisable to see a doctor to determine the exact cause of the problem.

Is it normal to have blood clots during a period?

In most cases, passing blood clots during a period is considered normal. However, it is always important for a woman to be aware of her period patterns. By knowing how her periods are, a woman will usually be able to detect sudden changes in the flow of blood and the amount of clotting. There are some cases where unexplained clotting may be a sign of an early miscarriage if the woman is trying to get pregnant. Another possibility could be the onset of endometriosis if the periods become heavier every month accompanied by severe cramps. Basically, while clotting is considered normal, any major changes in the menstrual cycle should be brought to the attention of a doctor at the earliest to diagnose any possible conditions and treat them on time.

Is it normal to have clots the size of 50 cent pieces?

Generally, when a woman passes clots during a period, it is simply a sign of heavy flow. In most cases, if the woman's periods are lighter, the clots will diminish and disappear. While many women deal with heavy blood flow and blood clots, if the clots become more apparent or the blood flow becomes heavier, birth control may help relieve this problem. Some women may also require iron supplements when experiencing continually heavy periods. At this stage, it would be advisable to see a doctor to properly evaluate the condition and get it treated if need be.

Blood clots are a normal occurrence with a monthly period. However, many women suffer from excessive blood clots that may require medication. If you have questions or concerns regarding menstrual blood clots, ask an Expert for medical clarity and information on how to best treat them based on the facts of your case.
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