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Old 12-13-2002, 10:08 PM   #1
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Here's another wierd one. Is it normal to have really large clots during your period? My lower back hurts a bit because I've been on my feet all day, and suddenly these big clots-like I've never seen before- are just flowing out of me. I'd say they are approximately 1.5" long by .5" wide. I've never had something like this. Just wondering if I need to make any appointment with the GYN.

 
Old 12-14-2002, 03:51 AM   #2
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They can sometimes be a sign of something else...nothing to be too worried about. For example, I have an underactive thyroid and one of the symptoms, when my levels are off (low), is having a lot of those large clots during my period.
If you're worried, then definitely talk to your doctor...at least it will give you peice of mind.

 
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Clots in your period are totally normal, unless they're REALLLLY big... but, since you've never had them like that before, it might reassure you to see your doctor. I bet you're fine, though.

 
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My friend got her period 10 days late... and then when she got her period it was very clotty... so it was a miscarriage...

Most women pass clots the first few days... if they become painful I would go to the doctor

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Old 12-14-2002, 03:34 PM   #5
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First day or so of my period it's actually abnormal for me to NOT see clots.

Lots of blood flowing together will form a clot. If it didn't clot, you'd bleed a lot more and it would be a lot more painful.

 
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im on my period at the moment and normally i have a few clots but this time ALL it has been LITERALLY is clots. im a virgin so it's not a miscarriage but i am 3 weeks late, so im not worried about it and am just putting it down to being late. it is a little bit of a concern, however that it's all "solid" with absolutely no "liquid". perhaps it will improve :s
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i dunno about ur large clots. But smaller clots are normal... so my doctor has told me.

 
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I called my GYN about a similar problem. Those larger clots are normal for me, as well as smaller ones. I called him because I was in the bathtub & literally gave birth to one. It was about as big as my fist in all aspects. I thought I was dying & it looked like my internal organs were falling out or something--geez! Anyway, we did a study of my family history & it turns out that my mom's side has this & it's normal for me, because it's hereditary. My grandmother even used to have to be scraped occasionally. It's just a large buildup of tissue. (I have other problems with my period as well linked to the same thing & I have since I was 12, but that's a different topic & we're trying to determine if my hormones are off balance) So, it could be something or it could just be normal for you. Call your Dr. & ask. Couldn't hurt.

 
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the clots passing through are actually what causes cramps. the recommendation is usually to drink a lot of water to thin them out. hope it helps.

 
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I actually have the opposite problem, when I'm not clotting I have cramps bad enough to make me vomit & hallucinate, & sometimes I pass out. I hope for clots because otherwise the flow is rediculous. I can bleed through a super plus tampon & past an overnight pad together in 2 hours. Mine lasts for 7 days anymore. That also thrills me, I used to be worse & it lasted from 14-21 days.
I think that the "however many tablespoons lost" thing is something a man came up with.

 
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If you bleed that much you might want to go get tested for anemia or hypovolemia, which are both problems in your blood that can be caused by excessive bleeding.

 
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I do have the tests done, because I have an iron resistance. (I was severely anemic when I was 15) I'm fine now-thankfully, because I can go to the bathroom like normal people now-large quantities of iron is very binding. The doctors don't know what's wrong with me--because obviously that wasn't it--I told them that too. After 13 years, they're finally thinking I have something wrong with my hormone levels. (the speed of modern medicine--you gotta love it!) Because I'm on my period bleeding like that for 7 days straight, & lactating. I don't have children, nor have I ever been pregnant. When I get insurance, I have to go for extensive bloodwork & cranial scans.

The only definitive answers I've gotten are: Your bloodwork came out fine--you're not anemic anymore, & the big clots are normal, you have a family history of it. Other than that all my Dr's disagree with each other.
I just want what's wrong with me fixed--is that too much to ask? I just wanna cry sometimes.

 
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Hormone therapy might help you -- can you take the birth control pill? I used to have THE worst (cramps-wise) and THE heaviest periods until I started taking Alesse, and now my whole hormonal system has just calmed right down. My period lasts .. 3, 4 days tops, counting the spotting, as opposed to the full week or more it used to last.

It takes awhile for these effects to happen (I've been on Alesse for 2 years) but it's been such a gorgeous pill for me that I would recommend it to anybody who can take it.

 
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Sadly, I can't take the pill--or any type of BC like that. When I was on it, I think something happened with my body chemistry. I started REALLY showing symptoms of a mental illness & actually got homicidal, & I started it not long before I started having sex--that's when I started lactating. Since I've been off it, I haven't been the same. I'd gone back to self mutillating & eventually tried to commit suicide. My family Dr. listened to all that happened & looked through my past files. Then he told me as soon as I get insurance, see my GYN & have him order the tests right away. (I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder by my PSYCH. The meds help slightly, but not enough.) Anyway, fam Dr. said after reviewing my case, he suspects a hormone inballance causing most of my problems. If there's something wrong with my hypothalamus, there's a good chance that's what's causing my mental problems as well, & I show signs that could actually be the case, & it's been researched & published by the AMA in their journal that there is a corrolation. But, the tests are going to cost a minimum of $500K, so his advice is get insurance ASAP. Once I can find a job, I can do that. It's so overwhelming....but I HAVE to know. Once & for all I have to find out what's wrong with me & fix it. I'm tired of playing that "I don't know", "It's inconclusive" or "We didn't find anything yet" game with the Dr's. (

 
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Silverwillow, I hope your gyn or doc can help you....ouch!!!!

Ok, i finally get periods about every 33-45 days. But they last for 2-3 days, and not really heavy. My last was watery. But cramps from hell!
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