What Happens During the Menstrual Cycle?
During the menstrual cycle, the lining of the uterus gets thicker and gets ready for pregnancy. During the period, the uterus lining and the blood is “eliminated” by the body.
The average amount of blood and fluid lost during this period is between 4 and 12 teaspoons. The menstrual cycle can last between 21 and 35 days. The average period is of 28 days.
A normal period lasts between 2 and 7 days, but the average period is between 3 and 5 days. Many women have clots in their blood once in a while. In the majority of the cases, the clots are either red or dark, and they are shed during the days when the flow is heavier.
The reason why clots appear is because during period, the body releases anticoagulants to prevent the blood from thickening.
However, when the flow is very heavy, it does not have enough time to prevent the coagulation, and some of the blood coagulates. In case clotting is excessive, then you should see a doctor.
At the end of the period, the blood might become dark brown, which is normal. This happens when the blood is older, and it is not expelled by the body as fast as it should.
You should not be concerned, if the blood has a darker color, or if the flow is thicker than usual. However, in case you lose too much blood, in time you could develop anemia, which could make you feel tired or fatigued.
What Can Lead to Thickness of the Blood?
There are certain problems which could cause changes in thickness and in color of the blood. It is important to talk about these problems with your doctor. Many hormonal changes will cause changes in blood and in thickness.
Hormonal changes can occur for various reasons, such as sudden changes in weight, menopause, or certain medications.
Miscarriage could also lead to a thickening of the blood. In case you are pregnant, make sure to check with the doctor in order to be certain that nothing is wrong. There are various ways in which the doctors can detect the menstrual problems. They can get blood works in order to find out
if you have anemia, or a different illness which causes the massive blood loss. They might also make a biopsy in order to see if there is something wrong with the uterus.
The MRI is very popular as well, because it can detect certain changes in the body, and it can detect fibroids, which are known for the fact that they interfere with the menstrual cycle.
In case you are fatigued, feel dizzy, and have other side effects, you should talk to your doctor.