5 Conditions And Factors That May Cause Blood Clots During A Woman's Period

Date November 29, 2017

Menstruation can change a lot from one month to another, and these changes affect consistency, color, and frequency. Another of those changes can be the appearance of blood clots. In fact, specialists say that a woman may experience blood clots during her period and it's not always dangerous. In fact, it's often perfectly normal.

But while it can be normal to have downturns of blood clots during the menstrual cycle, you must also keep in mind that certain diseases and disorders can be exhibited with this symptom. Today we'll tell you 5 possible reasons why you may be experiencing blood clots while on your period.

1. Perimenopause

Periods with a heavy presence of blood clots may be an indicator of perimenopause, the physical stage before menopause. Perimenopause makes progesterone production levels change. This hormone works together with estrogen to regulate the menstrual cycle and allows the uterine lining to release the necessary amount every month. During perimenopause, estrogen levels increase much more than usual and make the uterine lining release much more tissue. This causes a lot of blood clots in one's period.

2. Miscarriage

Some experts estimate that between 15 and 20% of pregnant women will miscarry before the twentieth week. But, other specialists say that this percentage is actually higher due to women not knowing they're pregnant who have a miscarriage without ever being aware of it. In other words, the blood clots present are a miscarried fetus.

However, don't panic. There are many hormonal imbalances which can cause blood clots during menstruation.

3. Uterine fibroids

Uterine fibroids are benign tumors which grow inside the uterus. But the fact that they're benign doesn't mean that you should ignore them since they can cause abdomen pain, bladder pressure, and periods with frequent blood clots.

4. Contraceptives

Every woman's body responds differently to birth control due to hormones (the contraceptive pill) or the non-hormonal mechanism of birth control (in the case of the copper intrauterine device). One of these changes can be a condition known as menorrhagia; its main symptom is periods with frequent blood clots which last longer than 7 days.

5. Hereditary anomalies

There are some hereditary diseases which make the human body prone to excess bleeding, such as Von Willebrand's disease. Those, who suffer from this disease, may have periods with a lot of blood clots, as well as other symptoms such as the appearance of bruising and nosebleeds or bleeding gums.

The fact that you may experience blood clots during your menstrual cycle doesn't mean that you have any of these diseases. It will all depend on your disease pattern and the symptoms accompanying the blood clotting during your period.

We recommend that, if you observe any radical changes in your menstrual cycle such as pain or excessive blood clots which you haven't experienced before, you should consult with your doctor so that you can perform all the relevant tests and checks of your reproductive health.

Source: Cosmopolitan, Bustle

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