ZocdocAnswersWhat does it mean if you have blood clots during your period?

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What does it mean if you have blood clots during your period?

What does it mean if you have blood clots during your period?

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Menstrual flow can vary over the course the cycle and also from cycle to cycle and I recommend that you discuss this question with a doctor. It is normal to have blood clots and some days of heavier bleeding. Blood clots can be bright red or dark, and are often shed on the days of heaviest bleeding. Periods can often change during the first couple years, so if you are young and have only recently started getting your period, it is normal for them to become heavier over time. However, some heavy bleeding can be abnormal and is called menorrhagia. Menorrhagia is menstrual bleeding that last longer than 7 days; bleeding that is so heavy that you need to change pads or tampons every two hours; or bleeding with blood clots larger than the size of a quarter. If you have bleeding of this kind it is important to see a doctor. Causes of this kind of bleeding include uterine fibroids, miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy, cancer of the uterus or cervix, or certain types of birth control (paraguard IUD). It can also be caused by hormonal problems or a bleeding disorder such as Von Willebrand's disease. If you have too much bleeding, it can make you anemic which can cause you to be easily fatigued or winded. It is important to see a doctor to diagnose these different conditions, so if you think that your period meets the description of menorrhagia above I would strongly recommend you see a doctor. It can feel embarrassing to discuss this question with a doctor, but doctors are used to dealing with this topic, and it is important .

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