Period blood is a mysterious thing. Most women, even though they have been menstruating for a few days every month since the fifth grade, still think menstruation is a land yet to be explored.
It’s normal to have questions about your body and what happens to it during your period. We don’t know why, but our bodies become this puzzle piece we want to figure out in order to ease the pain we feel from our shedding uteruses.
Among those questions we need answers to is our period blood consistency – is it the same for every woman? Is it normal to have watery period blood?
We talked to Dr. Carlos S. Guevarra, M.D. OB GYN about menstruation and what each type of consistency means.
If Your Period Blood Is Clumpy
Clumpy and thick period blood usually is a normal consistency. Blood clots normally happen and it shouldn’t be anything to worry about.
“However, if these are huge blood clots, you might want to consult an OB,” Dr. Guevarra said. “This could be a sign of hormonal imbalance or cancerous growth inside the uterus.”
He added that period blood clots shouldn’t be larger than the size of a quarter. If you regularly see clumps bigger than this, go to your doctor for a precautionary check-up.
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If Your Period Blood Comes With Mucus
Does your period feel slippery than usual? This could mean the blood has been mixed with mucus from your cervix.
“It’s not a big deal to have mucus-y period blood. Your cervix produces this and its actually the body’s way of protecting any sperm that enters the uterus.”
However, if the mucus-y blood smells different (meaning, it doesn’t smell like blood), you might want to consult a physician.
If Your Period Blood Is Watery
Runny or watery period blood might be normal for some women – especially those who get really light menstruation. But if you see this for the first time, it might be a sign of something else.
“Many times, patients think pinkish blood or watery blood is just normal,” Guevarra said. “And most of the time, it is. But on some occasions, it’s a sign of a tumor growth in the fallopian tube or the ovaries.”
Menstruation is a difficult business and women should be proud to experience it every month. However, this entails a lot of precautions and being in-touch with your body in cases of disruptions and unusual signs in your monthly periods.