Many women experience clots during periods but the meaning of the menstrual clots can vary and in some cases can be more serious than others.
The formation of clots in any location, is our body’s way of taking care of us and attempting to control any bleeding. It is scientifically an amazing and technical process that our body carries out naturally without us even being aware. In a location such as the knee or elbow, when we suffer a scrape, the healing process leads to the formation of a scab. However, inside the uterus the process leads to the formation of a clot. The occurrence of clots during periods is due menstrual blood accumulating faster than the body can get rid of it. This inevitably leads to the blood pooling or being kept inside the uterus for long enough for it to clot. An indication of how quickly blood is leaving the body is how red it appears to be. The redder it is the faster it has been expelled and the blacker it is the longer it has been kept inside the body.
Some women experience clots during periods on a fairly regular basis and in most cases, it is absolutely normal and nothing to worry about. There are some physical factors that are thought to determine whether or not a woman will experience clots during periods. These include:
A significant change in the colour of menstrual blood, suggesting a change in the amount of duration of the clotting could be a sign of an underlying cause such as:
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