Whether you have your period every month or haven’t had it for years, it’s normal to question what your period consistency means. It can change from month to month so paying attention to its consistency can help you understand your body and what to look for.
Menstrual blood isn’t the same as your body’s blood. Some doctors say that it shouldn’t be too thick, and it shouldn’t be too thin, the consistency should be somewhere in between. (Think of Goldilocks and the temperature of her porridge!) However, that isn’t always the case. Period blood looks different for everyone and changes depending on where you are in your cycle.
Below we have a small guide on what the consistency of your period blood means!
During a heavier period, it is common to notice small blood clots in the toilet bowl or your underwear. It is particularly common when your period is of a darker colour as it has had time to build up, in comparison to a lighter and quicker flow of blood that would be a brighter red. However, if you notice larger blood clots that are a similar size to a golf ball or consistently around the size of a 5cent coin, it is important to consult your doctor. These larger clots could be a sign of a hormonal imbalance or miscarriage. If this sounds like something you’re experiencing, it is important to get it checked. Other reasons to thick and clumpy period flow can be:
Generally, a thinner watery texture is a sign of a lighter period, or it can mean you’re coming to the end of your cycle. However, if you notice something out of the ordinary, it is important to take the time to talk to your doctor. There are a few reasons as to why your period can be thinner and more watery:
If it feels abnormal for your body, it is always worth taking the time to talk to your doctor.
If your menstrual blood is seeming a little bit stringier and mucus-y, it could be mixed with fluid that comes from your cervix called cervical mucus. This mucus helps protect and direct sperm to the egg. If you are taking hormonal birth control, your cervical mucus generally thickens to effectively stop sperm from getting through to the cervix. All in all, stringy or mucus-y menstrual flow is generally no reason to be concerned. However, you know your body best and if there are any sudden changes or you are concerned, it is always best to speak to your doctor to make sure everything is ok.
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Medical Disclaimer: Articles are intended for informational purposes only and should not be used as the basis of patient treatment. Ask a medical professional if you have any health-related questions or concerns.
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