Menstrual Cycle

Is Stringy Period Blood a Cause for Concern?

If you’ve never had stringy period blood during your cycle before, it can be confusing — or even scary — to see for the first time.

But blood that’s occasionally stringy, sticky, or clumpy is completely within the scope of what normal period blood can look like.

What determines the consistency of your period?

Stringy period blood typically isn’t a cause for concern. In most cases, a “stringy” or gel-like consistency is just a blood clot leaving your uterus. Blood clots that are small (about the size of a quarter) are normal.

Remember that your “period” refers to the first days of each menstrual cycle, when the lining of your uterus is discarded by your body. Period blood is a mixture of this discarded uterine lining, blood, and vaginal fluid.

The first day or two of your period tend to be the heaviest days of bleeding. These are also the days that you’ll most likely notice varying consistencies in the blood your body is releasing.

Stringy period blood

Long strands of blood with a sticky, fluid consistency can be highly concentrated with the uterine lining that your body is shedding. This stringy period blood is typically dark or bright red.

Clumpy period blood

As your period continues, you may notice blood that’s jelly-like or broken up into thick clumps. This is typically caused by blood clots that are passing through your body. This is normal during any part of your period.

However, you may be more likely to see this on later days of your period as your flow begins to slow down. These clots may be bright red, dark red, or brown.

Watery period blood

Toward the end of your cycle, your period blood may appear watery and thin. It also may grow darker in color as the blood begins to oxidize.

Period blood that’s bright red and watery can be fresh blood coming straight from your uterus. This may indicate an injury or a miscarriage.

Seek medical attention if you notice bright red, watery blood coming from your uterus, especially, if there’s a chance you might be pregnant.

If you’re consistently passing large blood clots during your period, you should speak to your primary doctor or your gynecologist.

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