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Blood Clot (Definition)

A blood clot or thrombus is the final step of the coagulation cascade. It is a good thing when your body is trying to stop blood loss, however a blood clot can form in the veins after prolonged periods of immobility. This type of like ...Read more


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I had a heavy two-day period with blood clots and the following day brown spotting it was on time but not normal for me .should I pay more attention?

I had a heavy two-day period with blood clots and the following day brown spotting it was on time but not normal for me .should I pay more attention?

How?: Variations in the number of days and intensity of bleeding are not uncommon. I do not know of any way for you to pay more attention. If you are sexually active, practice safe sex and if you do not wish to be pregnant use contraception all the time, every time. If you bleed more than usual discuss getting tested for anemia, with your doctor. ...Read more

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Had period for 10 days then very light spotting with blood clots and red tissue sometimes for 4 days. What's wrong?

Had period for 10 days then very light spotting with blood clots and red tissue sometimes for 4 days. What's wrong?

Irregular periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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So I had a period 2 weeks ago, and last night I was spotting butwhen I just showered blood clots started coming out should I be concerned?

So I had a period 2 weeks ago, and last night I was spotting butwhen I just showered blood clots started coming out should I be concerned?

See below: There are a number of reasons for an unusual cycle or abnormal bleeding. Multiple factors can affect the normal hormonal control of your cycle, including emotional stress and rapid change in weight, severe illness, thyroid problems etc. etc.**A visit to your gynecologist is needed to be sure nothing more serious is causing your spotting. For helpful information go to: http://bit.ly/19cKee5 ...Read more

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Been on period since 1st april started normal but light then spotting brown blood now its heavy accompanied by slight cramps and big blood clots?

Been on period since 1st april started normal but light then spotting brown blood now its heavy accompanied by slight cramps and big blood clots?

Common problem : Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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Late cycle, but had brown spotting starting on tues w/clots. Yesterday & today blood/clots on my pads & when I wipe. Is this my period?

Late cycle, but had brown spotting starting on tues w/clots. Yesterday & today blood/clots on my pads & when I wipe. Is this my period?

Likely: It could be just a variation in your cycle. It is possible that you experienced spontaneous loss of an early pregnancy. About 25% of early pregnancies are lost, mostly due to chromosomal defects in the fetus. ...Read more

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I was suppose to get my period on Tue but instead I spotted with some blood clots now it's Fri spotting has been diminishing day by day. Neg Preg test?

I was suppose to get my period on Tue but instead I spotted with some blood clots now it's Fri spotting has been diminishing day by day. Neg Preg test?

You could repeat HPT: In a week. The main reason for light periods is a change in hormone levels. Causes for what seems to be a light period can include: implantation bleeding in early pregnancy, thyroid problems, eating disorders, excessive exercise, initial periods for a girl, use of an intrauterine device, oral contraceptives & perimenopause. ...Read more

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After being 4 days late&after spotting. My period came was really heavy today&was like a red goey substance with blood clots.also i have bad cramps?

After being 4 days late&after spotting. My period came was really heavy today&was like a red goey substance with blood clots.also i have bad cramps?

May be normal: It may be a normal variation on periods. If you are having unprotected sex, it is possible that you lost an early pregnancy. About 25% early pregnancies are lost spontaneously, mostly due to chromosomal defects in the fetus. ...Read more

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I recently had my period that lasted 7 days and a day after I'm experiencing spotting and cramping & that's lasting 8 days it's light with blood clots?

I recently had my period that lasted 7 days and a day after I'm experiencing spotting and cramping & that's lasting 8 days it's light with blood clots?

Bleeding: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections ; hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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Am on the pill + tegretol. Have 12 days til next period but have old blood spotting and brighter red blood clots too, not large. Just had colonoscopy?

Am on the pill + tegretol. Have 12 days til next period but have old blood spotting and brighter red blood clots too, not large. Just had colonoscopy?

Tegretol: Low platelets from tegretol due to bone marrow supression can occur (rarely). This can lead to bleeding. (I order CBC to check rbc WBC and platelet counts periodically on my patients who take tegretol) also there is an increased risk of birth control failure with tegretol use. Or the breakthrough bleeding may be totally unrelated. See your doctor and get examined. You might want to get a CBC too. ...Read more

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Are blood clots normal after stopping safyral? They started immediately after stopping safyral, and spotting in between periods with small blood clots

Are blood clots normal after stopping safyral? They started immediately after stopping safyral, and spotting in between periods with small blood clots

After safryl: Your periods sometimes are a little erratic after stopping a birth control pill. I would keep track of the bleeding on a calendar and as long as it is not excessively heavy then wait to see if or regulates after your next period. ...Read more

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I have irregular cycles most of the time I have spotting periods I've been passing blood clots no bigger then a quarter is normal and why?

I have irregular cycles most of the time I have spotting periods I've been passing blood clots no bigger then a quarter is normal and why?

Hormonal imbalance: Take oral iron with multivitamins to prevent iron deficiency anemia. Menstrual irregularities are not uncommon and anovulatory cycle is a common cause. If you miss more than two periods it would be time to see your doctor. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time. You may consider implanted contraceptive or an IUD.
Consult this site for more information on this topic.
http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/menstruation/conditioninfo/Pages/causes.aspx
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I have the mirena (levonorgestrel). I still have irregular periods. Some with huge blood clots, other times just spotting. Is my body rejecting the mirena (levonorgestrel)/?

I have the mirena (levonorgestrel). I still have irregular periods. Some with huge blood clots, other times just spotting. Is my body rejecting the mirena (levonorgestrel)/?

Unlikely...: When did you get the Mirena (levonorgestrel) placed? It is very common to have irregular bleeding (light or heavy) for 3-6 months after placement. Almost 70% of women will have very light periods or no bleeding at all 12 months after placement. If you had Mirena (levonorgestrel) placed >6 months ago and are still miserable, definitely discuss with your doctor! Good luck! ...Read more

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I am 14 days late I've come on spotting instead of normal period and have just passed a large blood clot what can this be? Many thanks

I am 14 days late I've come on spotting instead of normal period and have just passed a large blood clot what can this be? Many thanks

Preg test?: If neg preg test, then probably just a hormone imbalance. It will usually clear up in 3 or 4 cycles. If not, then see your doc for evaluation. ...Read more

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I had some spotting last week and today I randomly passed a small blood clot. What could this be from? My period is not due for another week.

I had some spotting last week and today I randomly passed a small blood clot. What could this be from? My period is not due for another week.

Mid-cycle bleeding: Is uncommon, also called ovulation bleeding. Change on hormone levels during mid-cycle may cause spotting or bleeding. It is not abnormal.
For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I haven't gotten my period I was suppose to get it march 21 but today I started spotting and had a little blood clot what's happening?

Irregular Periods: Young females have lots of irregular periods. Bleeding like this means that you are not likely pregnant or that if you were you are now losing it. Viable pregnancy stops vaginal bleeding. If you doubt this then please get a pregnancy test. If the periods do not normalize next month then you may want to consider seeing your family doctor. ...Read more

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I ended my period 2-4 days ago and today I pee'd out a blood clot and noticed later that I was spotting, dark blood, what could this be?

I ended my period 2-4 days ago and today I pee'd out a blood clot and noticed later that I was spotting, dark blood, what could this be?

Likely normal: Sometimes a period will last longer or come back a few days later — this is a normal variation. However, it could also be a sign of a cervical infection or other hormonal problems. So if it doesn't resolve on its own get checked. ...Read more

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I got spotting for one and half day before periods but I got 2 small blood clot too. Still, i didn't get periods. M i pregnt??

I got spotting for one and half day before periods but I got 2 small blood clot too. Still, i didn't get periods. M i pregnt??

Maybe not, but...: A urine pregnancy test, done correctly, gives a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), or 1 week after missing a period, or 1 week after getting a "weird" period. If done sooner, a positive result is likely real, but a negative result may be due to testing too soon, and thus lead to a repeat test. ...Read more

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I'm 41 yrs old & my periods for the past 2 months are very light spotting. This month is the same but with a large blood clot. Is this perimenopause?

I'm 41 yrs old & my periods for the past 2 months are very light spotting. This month is the same but with a large blood clot.  Is this perimenopause?

Unlikely: The average age of menopause is 51, so 41 would be very early to go through menopause. Hormones can wax and wane in the 40s though, and it's possible you're just experiencing some hormonal swings. Definition of menopause is no period for a year. Your having then, just lighter. Cannot explain blood clot but could also relate to hormones. See a gynecologist to discuss and possible ultrasound. ...Read more

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Passing large blood clots five days before period. Could this be an early miscarriage?

Passing large blood clots five days before period.  Could this be an early miscarriage?

It is possible: But u should see your gyn asap or a gyn as u need an exam, blood work to r/o preg and other hormones and to check your hb level, and a pelvic ultrasound to check the uterus and ovaries, and you may need an in office hysteroscopy to look at the endometrium and an endometrial biopsy and once your doc knows what the cause is then there are different treatment options. ...Read more

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Pain and cramping days before period on right side pelvic Area. Like sharp pain. Period started 3-5 days late and again sharp pain on right side with blood clots in period?

Pain and cramping days before period on right side pelvic Area. Like sharp pain. Period started 3-5 days late and again sharp pain on right side with blood clots in period?

Ultrasound: If you're having severe pain associated with periods and especially if it hurts more on one side than another then it likely means you should have an ultrasound done or at least a physical pelvic exam to look for any ovarian abnormalities, such as an endometriosis cyst. You should consider using birth control pills or an IUD to help regulate your period related pain. See a gynecologist! ...Read more

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S it normal to have blood clots during my period?

S it normal to have blood clots during my period?

Yes, but ...: During menstruation, it is normal to pass some smaller clots (say, dime sized). However, if you are bleeding profusely or passing large clots, you might consider visiting a doctor for an evaluation of your heavy menstruation. ...Read more

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Spotting (Definition)

Spotting (vaginal spotting) is a symptom in which a woman has light bleeding from the vagina between menstrual cycles. Spotting is usually very light and may be just a ...Read more