Consistency of period blood varies in every period of every women depending upon her age, maternity status, lifestyle and many other factors. Generally passing blood clots during periods is normal but the best thing is that you listen to your body and keep a record of any change in your routine period.
Formation of clots is a healthy sign of your overall health. So before we talk about whether passing blood clots is normal or not let us first see why they are formed in the first place.
What exactly are they?
Blood wherever it pools tends to clot. However, when it is expelled out of your body it is in a fluid form. The fluid form comes into being after the anti-coagulants released by the body break down the blood for its normal flow. In cases where the flow is faster; the body may start passing blood clots which is absolutely nothing to panic about.
Six reasons for passing blood clots
Iron deficiency anemia.
Iron deficiency anemia may cause clots to appear in period blood. This can be treated with iron supplements or by taking foods rich in iron. The diagnosis however should be left with the doctor. Avoid taking things in your hand and get your hemoglobin level checked first.
Deficiency essential vitamins and minerals
Vitamin C and K regulate the formation of clots. Any disturbance in the balance of these vitamins may trigger clotting.
Upsetting the uterus
After abortions or miscarriages clots are expected to appear. Some miscarriages occur without the knowledge of the women in the first trimester so if you find unusual yellowish mass (could be residual effect of a fertilized egg) get medical aid.
It occurs in women who are past 40 years of age. The disease accompanies heavy painful bloody along with clotted blood.
Large size of uterus
If a woman has been pregnant for a number of times; her uterus may have increased in its size which could also be a cause of heavy menstrual bleeding with clots.
If the mother is smoking or using drugs or even medicine which is prohibited in pregnancy it can cause uterine abnormalities in the baby.