Life’s full of lumps and bumps. Goosebumps. Speedbumps. Lovely lady lumps.
But if you’ve ever peered inside your pants while on your period and panicked about lumps that look distinctly less lovely, take a deep breath. This is perfectly natural.
So they’re not… clots?
Well, er, actually they are. *BUT* they’re not the type of clots you hear about on Grey’s Anatomy or Casualty. These are completely harmless clots.
So what are they?
OK, let’s rewind a minute.
Every month, as your progesterone levels rise, it causes the lining of your uterus to grow thick with extra blood and tissue, making it cosy and cushiony in case a pregnancy occurs.
- They’re clots of tissue rather than blood, which generally means there’s nothing to worry about.
- If you notice particularly large clots, you might want to have a chat with your GP just to make sure everything is tip-top-shape.
In the case of a no-show, your progesterone and oestrogen levels start to fall and the lining of your womb comes away. The blood exits your body through your vagina and, because life is unfair sometimes, probably makes its way onto your favourite knickers.
So, the clots?
The clots are clots. But they’re clots of tissue rather than blood, which generally means there’s nothing to worry about. If you notice particularly large clots, you might want to have a chat with your GP just to make sure everything is tip-top shape.
But next time the red unicorn comes for a visit and you’re worried that your life is about to become the next episode of Casualty, breathe. They’re just your monthly lady lumps.
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