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My period is weird.. big clots, no bleeding, no cramps.

By Anonymous August 3, 2011 - 8:12am
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I usually have heavy periods that make me go through many tampons a day, with lots of cramps and mood swings. I'm having none of that this time. I am only having large stringy clots of blood coming out. I'm worried it may be because of stress? or an accidental miscarriage? i was hoping someone could shine some light on this for me!

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Hi Anon,

If your period came at its expected time of the month, then this is your period. 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 first couple of days). 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 a health care professional to rule out any conditions that might be causing an abnormal period.


Hope this helps,


August 3, 2011 - 8:16am
(reply to Rosa Cabrera RN)

Thanks so much, it is at my normal time- i'm on birth control, i guess i was just worried because i dont always take it at the right time of the day, and i've never had a period like this; i dont even feel like im on my period.

August 3, 2011 - 8:27am
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