Blood clots: Here’s why they occur during menstruation, remedies


The same goes for other menstrual symptoms such as cramps, blood clots, blood color or odor.

It is usual to experience abundant blood flow at the start of a menstrual cycle. Because of this, we’ve all occasionally had a leak through a pad or tampon or noticed blood clots during our period.

Passing blood clots throughout the monthly cycle is a common occurrence. But the passage of large blood clots accompanied by heavy bleeding can be a sign of a problem.

Although occasional blood clots are normal and don’t need to be treated, they sometimes indicate underlying conditions like anemia (iron deficiency).

Blood cells, tissue from the lining of the uterus, and blood proteins combine to form menstrual clots. They are part of the body’s defense mechanism to prevent excess blood from escaping.

Menstrual clots are relatively common during the first two days of the menstrual cycle when blood flow is usually abundant. However, this natural monthly cycle becomes cause for concern when you begin to pass large blood clots, as it may be a sign that something is not normal.

When to Worry

Several conditions can cause women to have heavy periods or abnormally large blood clots alongside heavy menstrual blood.

Some of the causes include:

  • Uterine polyps
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Thyroid disease
  • bleeding disorder
  • Cancer of the cervix or uterus

Finding out the cause of abnormal heavy periods will allow a doctor to plan treatment.

Additionally, an iron supplement may be recommended if you are losing too much blood or are at risk of anemia.


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