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Are blood clots during periods normal?

I pass huge blood clots during my period. My menstrual flow is heavy but I am worried that something is not right. Are these clots normal?

It is perfectly normal to pass some blood clots during your period, especially during the heaviest days of your period. This may not happen each time you have your period but it is a common occurrence. These blood clots contain tissue from the uterus lining.

These clots can be experienced whether one has heavy or light periods.

As part of your menstrual cycle, the uterus sheds its lining and thus the clots are a normal part of your period and not always something to be concerned about.


If you notice abnormally large clots, this could be a cause for concern and you should talk to your healthcare provider.

Also, how heavy are your periods? If you have to change your pad or tampon every 1-2 hours, you need to see a doctor for medical advice.

This is because, in some cases, these clots can be caused by various factors including thyroid conditions, fibroids, certain birth control methods, medications, miscarriage, cervical or uterine cancers, endometriosis, and PCOs.

It is also recommended that you track your period monthly so that you can take not unusual patterns in your flow. This will also be very helpful for your doctor.

Do you have any questions or would like to share your experience? Talk to us in the comments section.

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