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Is this just a late period?

By Anonymous September 3, 2012 - 3:24am
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My period was two weeks late and I experienced some light spotting and cramping. Was waiting till the 3 week mark to take a test and got what i thought was my period, except was very heavy which is unusual for me. I went to the toilet and a large clot of blood about the size of a lemon came away. I am confused as to what this is, and wonder if i should see a doctor?

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Hi Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER.  Many women have clots in their menstrual blood from time to time. The clots may be bright red or dark in color. Often, these clots are shed on the heaviest days of bleeding. The presence of multiple clots in your flow may make your menstrual blood seem thick or denser than usual.

Your body typically releases anticoagulants to keep menstrual blood from clotting as it's being released. But when your period is heavy and blood is being rapidly expelled, there's not enough time for anticoagulants to work. That enables clots to form.

If you have excessive clotting or clots larger than a quarter, you should see your health care provider to rule out any conditions that might be causing an abnormal period.

Here are some resources for you,

Menstrual Cycle



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