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What's going on with my menstrual cycle?

By Anonymous July 9, 2012 - 1:12pm
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I'm a 24 year old with menstrual cycles that are between 26 and 38 days, most often 26 days. My period have always seemed to fit into the normal category in every way- medium flow that tapers into light, 4 days long, small blot clots once in a while.
Last month, my cycle began on time on June 8, but my period was nothing but clots, no liquid. The clots were all bigger than I'd ever seen, 1 the size of my palm. The next day was more normal, so I didn't give it much thought. Now this month, my period hasn't shown up. I have never once had a period later than 30 days (30 day cycles happen twice a year for some reason). My husband and I are careful with our birth control so pregnancy seems unlikely, but I took a pregnancy test on day 30 just in case. It was negative. Why is my cycle so messed up?

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Hello Anonymous,

You should see your gynecologist to rule out any possible conditions that are causing your abnormal period.

Uterine fibroids and hormonal changes are two problems that can cause abnormal clots to form in your menstrual flow.

Uterine fibroids are also called leiomyomas. These non-cancerous tumors form in the uterus. Fibroids do not always cause symptoms, but, some women notice greater than usual amounts of menstrual blood with more clots than in the past.

The menstrual cycle is under the control of a delicate balance of the hormones, progesterone and estrogen. When this balance is disturbed. it can lead to the development of an excessively thick uterine lining. This thickness can contribute to more bleeding than usual. It can also cause clots in the menstrual blood when the lining is shed.


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