It is not uncommon to spot clots in our period blood – sometimes small ones and sometimes really big ones. We notice that the period blood clots are more common when we have a particularly heavy bleeding session or when we have other disease conditions affecting some other parts of our body.
Should we be scared if we notice too many clots in menstrual blood? Not really. Most of these clots are caused due to minor problems or other problems like anaemia. If the number or the size of the clots is big, it is always good to get an examination. However, there are simple home remedies that work instantaneously, clearing up these clots most of the time, especially if they are small.
Why do we get clots during our period?
The causes for period blood clots vary from person to person and can be due to many different dysfunctions. Sometimes, these blood clots could be pointers for a bigger disease in our uterus or else-where in the body. These reasons for blood clots in your period were found to be most common.
- During particularly heavy periods, the coagulants that are present in the period blood which prevent clots will not be enough. This makes it possible for a lot of clots to appear in the blood.
- If you already have anaemia, the blood tends to form more clots every time you have a period. A lot of clots can therefore mean that it is an indicator to anaemia that has possibly been increased during your period.
- A hormonal imbalance could also be causing a whole lot of blood clots in your blood. Very little changes in hormones can lead to a large appearance of clots and sometimes large-sized clots.
- Problems in your uterus like uterine fibroids, endometriosis, tumors, pelvic disorders can also sometimes lead to clots along with heavy bleeding and other symptoms.
- After you have had a complicated pregnancy or a miscarriage, the chances of you getting period blood clots is a lot more. This does not need you to worry about it as it could be normal. You should probably consult your doctor if the clots are too big and the periods are painful.
How do we avoid getting these clots?
Once you have identified the cause behind the frequent recurrence of your period blood clots, its better to try and address the cause. For instance, if you have noticed that anaemia leads to blood clots for you, you should try and get your iron supplements before you get your period so that you avoid them.
There are many medications like NSAIDS (such as Aspirin) that can dissolve big blood clots as well as reduce heavy bleeding. Using natural remedies like the ones that we have listed out below also gives you an instantaneous relief from the clots.
Natural Remedies That Reduce Clots
Simple home treatments can reduce the size and the number of your blood clots substantially most of the time without you needing to opt for bigger and harsher medication. Some of these tried and tested remedies for menstrual blood clots are known to be of help. They are simple to make too, so give them a try for a quick reduction in the clots.
The idea is to dissolve the blood clots so that the blood is more of a fluid with less clots. Using a warm compress can help as the heat dissolves these clots by expanding them and makes them more fluid-like. Along with that, a warm compress also relaxes the muscles around the pelvis that cause the period cramps. Here’s how you make and use one.
Method 1 : (with a cloth)
- Take a hot pot and boil water in it.
- Take a clean cloth and dip it in the water.
- As the cloth is still warm (not too hot for the skin) apply it over the pelvic region and very gently press it.
- Continue doing this all over your abdomen (front as well as back) for a while.
Method 2 : (with a rubber compress)
- Take some water into a hot pot and boil it.
- Pour the water into the compress and close the mouth.
- Press it gently over your abdomen in the front and the back for a while.
Increased citrus fruits consumption
Vitamin C is known for its anti-coagulant properties. It means that it causes blood thinning. This is the property that helps us with dissolving the clots that form during periods. Consumption of Vitamin C can help dissolve the clots because of the fibrinogen that it has got. Eating a lot of Vitamin C rich fruits around the days of periods can therefore help prevent clots. Not only that, it also allows for the easy flow of blood thereby causing less spasms and therefore less pain. Here are the most common fruits that are rich in Vitamin C.
- Lemon – Drinking a lot of lemon juice during your periods can help reduce the clots and keep you blood flow smooth and easy.
- Oranges – Consuming a lot of oranges or drinking orange juice can be a great way to deal with the problem.
- Strawberries – Strawberries eaten raw in the form of many desserts you can make with them is a great way to avoid the clots because of all the Vitamin C present in them.
Ginger works in many ways in calming period and PMS symptoms. One of the reasons we use it against blood clots in our period is because of its blood thinning properties. It helps dissolve the clots and not form any new clots. Along with that, it works in easing out the menstrual cramps and menstrual bloating as well. Using ginger as a tea as we show you here is one great way to consume it.
- Peel the skin off ginger and cut a small portion of it into small pieces.
- Add it to boiling water and let the water turn golden yellow.
- Strain out this tea that is formed and add a few teaspoons of honey to it.
- Drink this ginger tea twice a day for avoiding clots in your period blood.
Pineapple is a fruit with a lot of Bromelain – a compound that causes the blood to thin down and thereby it can prevent the formation of clots in your period blood. If you are having a problem of delayed periods (perhaps because of the clots), it also recommended to eat a lot of pineapples as pineapples are known to induce periods by breaking down the walls of the uterus. They help in easy blood flow. Here are few ways in which you can use pineapple for the purpose.
- Eating raw pineapple
- Drinking the juice of pineapple
- Making a dessert or a shake out of the pineapple
We would however suggest that you limit the intake of pineapples to one or two a day at the maximum as it can cause heavy bleeding if used over the limits.
Chamomile tea is yet another menstrual remedy that works in many ways in dealing with the symptoms of periods as well as PMS. The tea can cause a relaxation of the muscles and reduce cramps. To reduce the clots in your period blood, the little amounts of Coumarin that is present in Chamomile can cause a certain amount of blood thinning. It thereby makes the blood flow easy. Here’s how we make the Chamomile tea in these super-easy steps.
- Take some water and bring it to boil.
- Add the dried Chamomile leaves in it and continue with the boiling.
- When the water turns golden yellow in colour, strain the tea out.
- Add some honey to it and drink the tea.
- Drinking this Chamomile tea twice a day should be good enough.
Papaya is a great food to eat during your menses because of its many effects against the period and PMS symptoms. It is known for its anti-coagulant effects which allow the clots in your period blood to dissolve. Along with that, it is rich in Vitamin C and iron which makes it deal with other menstrual problems like cramps and bloating. Here are some of the ways in which you can have your papayas to reduce the menstrual clots.
- Consuming the fruits as they are
- Making a juice out of them
- Cooking them into the many dishes and desserts that you can make with them.
Dark Chocolate is widely known for its blood thinning effects. Sometimes it is said to be as much as the blood thinning effects of Aspirin. It thereby prevents clots from forming and avoids blood clumping. This is the property of dark chocolate that helps us in reducing the occurrence of clots in menstrual blood. Along with that, dark chocolate also soothes the muscle spasms and reduces the cramps. It is rich in iron which makes it energize your body during the periods.
Although a bar of dark chocolate is good enough, here’s a shake that you can make with dark chocolate that makes for a great drink during periods.
- Take a bar of dark chocolate that is less in sugar content.
- Melt it and add it to a glass of milk that has also been heated.
- Drink this without adding any additional sugar content for alleviating clots in your period blood and healing other menstrual problems as well.
Liquorice is yet another herb that is known for its blood thinning effects. This makes it a great remedy for avoiding the formation of blood clots in your period blood thereby making the flow easy and pain-free. The root of Liquorice is used for these properties. Along with blood thinning, liquorice tea is also known for its anti-inflammatory effects which make it reduce the swelling and the bloating that comes along with periods. Here’s how you make the liquorice tea.
You will most likely find the Liquorice root powder in a herbal store near your location. Get a pure form of this powder.
- Take some water and bring it to boil.
- To the water, add the Liquorice powder and continue with the boiling.
- Once the water turns yellowish, strain the tea out.
- Add some honey or a few lemon drops to it and drink it.
Pumpkin seeds are yet another easily available natural anti-coagulant that helps us dissolve the blood clots, thereby making our period blood thin and clot-less. They are also capable of balancing out the hormones of our body and this reduces the excessive bleeding that is likely to happen in some people. But how we do we use pumpkin seeds as our food? We show you a few means in which you can eat pumpkin seeds.
- You can roast the pumpkin seeds – All you should do is separate the seeds out from the pumpkin, clean them and roast them. You can add salt and some spice powders to make a tasty snack out of it.
- You can boil them – When you boil the pumpkin seeds, they turn soft and fluffy. These can then be eaten directly or added to some other foods.
- Mixing them up with other foods – Add the pumpkin seeds to your dinner, breakfast, lunch or even dessert to have them render their benefits completely and eat them in more numbers.
Garlic is known for its anti-coagulant effects which is the reason that it has been prescribed as a part of regular diet for people with heart problems. It is therefore a good idea to include a lot of garlic in your diet before the onset and during the periods so that the number of clots can be considerably reduced and the blood flow is a lot easier.
It also keeps your digestive tract from getting bloated during your periods and keeps your cramps down along with dissolving clots. Here are a few ways in which you can use garlic for the purpose.
- Eating raw garlic is one way in which you can deal with the problem and yet a difficult one as you cannot eat too many raw garlic cloves at once.
- You can make a paste out of garlic cloves and use this as a flavoring agent in your foods. This is one way of increasing the consumption of garlic.
- Making a tea out of garlic is a great idea as well in making use of it for the purpose.
While using these remedies, you should remember not to take excess of them as they can cause side effects at times. Also, if you notice any negative changes in the bleeding (like an increase in bleeding or the cramps) after you try these remedies, you should consult an expert before you continue using them. However, most of these remedies are safe and effective when used in moderate doses on a regular basis.
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