Blood clots in your period flow can be very normal and simply a natural part of your menstruation. Many women pass period clots at some point during their menstrual lifetime. It is usually nothing to worry about and can be managed by using the right menstrual hygiene product that suits your flow.
A blood clot is a thick mass of menstrual blood that is expelled from your body when you menstruate. Clots are most common during the heaviest part of your flow which is usually the first few days. Blood Clots look like chunky, jelly-like blobs that vary in size and color.
During menstruation, the thick lining of your uterus breaks away. As you menstruate, anticoagulants are released that break down thick menstrual blood before it leaves your body. During a heavy flow, blood is expelled faster and the anticoagulants may not have enough time to break down the blood. That’s when the clots form.
Menstrual clots are common and usually need no further medical treatment. The best way to manage blood clots is to use a menstrual product that helps you monitor the consistency of your menstrual blood, for example, a menstrual cup. Tampons and pads absorb period flow but cannot absorb thick blood or menstrual blood clots. Menstrual cups are different, they collect your flow and menstrual clots as they leave your body naturally.
If you are passing many thick, large clots or bleeding heavily every month, it could be caused by a health issue. Visiting your doctor will help you rule out any further problems.