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Old 04-07-2005, 05:54 AM   #1
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Pea-sized Blood Clot

First thing this morning in the bathroom, my wife wiped herself with a tissue and noticed a hint of blood. Using another tissue, she swiped inside her vagina, which removed a pea-sized blood clot with a little blood. A third tissue came out clean.

My wife is in her mid fifties and hasnít had a period in about four years. Is the blood clot something to be worried about? If this is normal, how often can this be expected to happen?

 
Old 04-07-2005, 07:18 AM   #2
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Re: Pea-sized Blood Clot

Since your wife has not had her period in a matter of years, I would be worried about the blood clot. I suggest she makes an appointment to have an annual pap smear, and mention the incident to her doctor. Good luck.

 
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Re: Pea-sized Blood Clot

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First thing this morning in the bathroom, my wife wiped herself with a tissue and noticed a hint of blood. Using another tissue, she swiped inside her vagina, which removed a pea-sized blood clot with a little blood. A third tissue came out clean.

My wife is in her mid fifties and hasnít had a period in about four years. Is the blood clot something to be worried about? If this is normal, how often can this be expected to happen?
Heartland ~ My first impression, without knowing anything more, is that this is nothing to be too concerned about. When women go through menopause, the tissues within the vagina often lose their moisture also becoming very thin. And so, with intimacy there may be some bleeding & often discomfort. Using a personal lubricant should alleviate this....HRT (hormone repalcement therapy) is another route, however, personally this may cause more problems than good. There are many here who's opinions on that may differ from mine but there are natural progesterone creams that may help. Anyway...my guess is that there was some bleeding which caused the clot....could have happened days ago even though it appeared fresh because it incubated....and this is perfectly normal. Of course if there are any other symptoms such as cramping, abdominal distention or tenderness I would suggest she see her gyn. Hope this eases a good friend's mind ....Goody

PS ~ How long has if been since her last Pap??? The previous poster brought up a good point and if your wife hasn't had an exam lately, like alot of us women put off, it would be good enough reason to schedule one In case you're wondering how often a Pap should be done, it should be done annually. Goody has them twice a year because of a precancerous Pap right after K. was born. So far so good

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Old 04-07-2005, 11:34 AM   #4
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Re: Pea-sized Blood Clot

Sparklegirl and Goody, thank you for your replies! My wifeís annual pap smear was last December and it was within normal limits. She has scheduled a doctorís appointment for tomorrow morning. She is not overly concerned about it and she said she doesnít have cramping, abdominal distention or tenderness. That means Iím not overly concerned now.

Goody, thank you for the supplemental information. I will have her read it so she is prepared to ask questions about the probable cause of the clot and how best to prevent future occurrences. It was very comforting to receive your optimistic opinion, especially since I know and respect your medical background.

 
Old 04-08-2005, 08:03 AM   #5
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My wifeís doctor, a male GP, talked to her for 5 minutes but didnít examine her. Apparently because of her ďrecentĒ pap test, she said he didnít seem too concerned once he discovered that she wasnít ďflowingĒ. He said it was most likely just a hormonal spike and not to worry unless she gets an active period.

Do most GPs handle these situations so nonchalantly?

 
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Do most GPs handle these situations so nonchalantly?
Most GP's are not equipped to do an internal exam because they know that most woment have their own GYN. So how the GP handled it is not out of norm. And since he knows your wife, as her primary physician, if he really felt it was something to be concerned about he would have suggested she make an appointment to see her GYN. Since he didn't I could only guess that he wasn't overly concerned about it. Of course as we all know, we are our best advocates in terms of health and our bodies and knowing when something is wrong and so if you or your wife feel uneasy about what's going on, by all means, make an appointment with her GYN. How does Mrs. H feel about all this??? Is she as concerned as you and feeling perhaps uneasy about it, cause if she is then my advice would be for her to go see her GYN, which I thought was who she was seeing first thing this morning.

Let me know what your feelings are....Goody

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Old 04-09-2005, 09:15 AM   #7
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Ö so if you or your wife feel uneasy about what's going on, by all means, make an appointment with her GYN. How does Mrs. H feel about all this??? Is she as concerned as you and feeling perhaps uneasy about it, cause if she is then my advice would be for her to go see her GYN, which I thought was who she was seeing first thing this morning. Let me know what your feelings are....
Goody, we moved shortly after our last child was born and my wife told me she hasnít been to a GYN since. Her GP includes a pap test in her annual physical and she said she hasnít felt the need to see a GYN since she says the GP will refer her to a GYN if need be.

She has seen this GP over 25 years and always seems to be very confident in him. If she is happy, Iím happy. (The last sentence seems strangely familiar. ) Of course, Iím concerned about her well being but I donít want to say anything to needlessly upset her. I think I should drop this with her unless you have a good reason not to. Remember she is a Leo, too, so it will be very difficult to change her mind. What do you advise for me to do?

 
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She has seen this GP over 25 years and always seems to be very confident in him. If she is happy, Iím happy. (The last sentence seems strangely familiar. ) Of course, Iím concerned about her well being but I donít want to say anything to needlessly upset her. I think I should drop this with her unless you have a good reason not to. Remember she is a Leo, too, so it will be very difficult to change her mind. What do you advise for me to do?
Personally, if your insurance includes coverage of a GYN, if there is any concern at all for either of you then I would see a GYN. You really wouldn't go to a GP for a heart problem or kidney problem.....you'd seek out the advice of a cardiologist or urologist. But then, Goody would be a hypocrite in the sense of my seeng my GP for my back problem...but that did come from the recommendations of a good neurosurgeon who treated me and told me that my GP could handle things until the time came that I loss bladder/bowel function or couldn't walk with the use of other medical treatment. So, I would drop it, and if her cycle returns or she has further symptoms that bother either one of you (eg: she brings up any other concern) then it would be a good time to suggest seeing a specialist to look further into it. That comes from a friend and fellow Leo .........Goody

 
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Re: Pea-sized Blood Clot

Last night, my wife had an odd look on her face as we went to bed. When I asked what was wrong, she said ďnothingĒ. Later she wiped herself with a tissue, examined it and showed it to me. It had a slight pinkish tinge. She said this has been happening off and on since she discovered the clot and that sometimes it is accompanied by slight cramping. As I gave her a hug, she whispered that she didnít want to have surgery.

How should we proceed without upsetting her further?

 
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Re: Pea-sized Blood Clot

Okay...now it seems that Mrs. H is concerned so I think the way to proceed is to gently bring up how you noticed her concern last night and that why should the two of you worry if you can avoid doing so by having this further checked out. Ask her to ask one of her friends/doctor for a good gyn and schedule an appointment. Reassure her that it doesn't necessarily mean surgery but her body is clearly indicating that this is something to be checked out, not ignored. If she puts up a fuss tell her that her doctor instructed her to do so and if you need to throw Goody in there as well, leave that as a last resort Keep me posted, friend ........Goody

 
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