How to remove menstrual clots ?
Chinese medicine view Menstrual Blood Clots and fertility.
A healthy menstrual cycle underpins a woman’s fertility. It needs to be regular – An average menstrual cycle lasts around 28 days, be of sufficient volume – around 6-8 teaspoons of blood is considered normal – and a bright rich red colour. A healthy period is also one that is free from excessive blood clots.
Roughly 12 in every 100 women will experience heavy periods which is classified as when she loses more than 16 teaspoons of blood each menstruation – often accompanied by a number of other symptoms including large blood clots during the period. This symptom could signal an number of underlying conditions that could impair your fertility. If you are trying to conceive it is therefore important that you monitor your menstrual flow to see if you have clots. In this article we will explore the causes of menstrual clots in greater detail, provide a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective and some helpful advice about how to remove menstrual clots and stop heavy bleeding.
What should a healthy period feel like?
Your period consists of endometrial tissue, blood from small blood vessels that are damaged when the uterus sheds its lining, and mucus from the cervical glands. As blood contains anticoagulants that keep it from clotting your period should be liquid – this means that it is meant to be easy for your body to release. In addition uterine contractions help to ensure that the period’s flow is smooth and pain free – you should not notice any blood clots during your period.
Menstrual Clots in depth – why do we get blood clots during a period?
There is a difference between a normal menstrual clot and an abnormal one.
A normal menstrual clot is:
- Smaller than 1 inch and light red or orange in colour. This is not a true menstrual clot, it is actually a mixture of cervical mucus mixed with blood from your period
- Occasional, they are usually released at the start of your period and do not recur frequently.
Abnormal blood clot facts:
- Size: Abnormal blood clots are larger than an inch, thick and dark red – the colour of a kidney bean.
- Composition: They are made up of older coagulated blood that has remained in the uterine lining for a long time and is now being expelled, endometrial tissue and fibrin (fibrin is formed during the clotting of blood).
- Duration: These abnormal blood clots are expelled every month or almost monthly and they last throughout your period
- Other side effects: Abnormal blood clots are often accompanied by significant abdominal pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, faintness and fatigue
What causes blood clots in a menstrual period?
There are a number of underlying factors that can result in menstrual blood clots and excessive bleeding:
Uterine issues: These include benign growths in the uterus, wearing an IUD which can increase blood loss by up to 50% every period, and excessive growth in the lining of the womb.
Fibroids: These are non-cancerous growths that develop in or around the uterus.They are made up of muscle and fibrous tissue, and can vary in size. These inhibit the smooth passage of blood resulting in an increased chance of clots forming. 1 in 3 women with condition experience clotting, lower back pain and heavy or painful periods.
Endometriosis: Endometriosis is when the cells that line the inside of the uterus grow outside the uterus, such as on the ovaries or fallopian tubes. This condition may cause heavy periods and clotting painful sex and chronic pelvic pain.
Hormonal imbalances: It is essential that hormone levels are precisely balanced to maintain a healthy uterus. If the levels of specific hormones become unbalanced, many issues can occur, including heavy periods and clotting.
Stress: Stress has a huge effect on a woman’s menstrual cycle. Excess stress can extend the length of the menstrual cycle – meaning that blood has longer to coagulate, play havoc with your hormone levels – which means that your body does not function optimally, and also triggers extensive bleeding.
Q: How do TCM view blood clots during a period?
A: Blood Stasis
Clots in the menstrual blood are an indication that your energy or Qi is not flowing properly around the body – this is known as Qi Stagnation. One main cause of Qi stagnation is Stress which has a negative effect on our Liver. In TCM theory our Liver regulates the smooth circulation of Blood so when it becomes stressed as a result of overwork, too much exercise or overthinking it starts to malfunction resulting in Qi Stagnation.
Q: How do clots affect my fertility?
A: They reduce your fertility
Having blood clots in your period is a sign that you have Qi Stagnation. Qi Stagnation has a negative domino effect on your body’s ability to reproduce. Clots during a period impair fertility.
- As the Qi Stagnates it is less able to effectively move your Blood. Thus the Blood starts to stagnate. The stagnated blood slows down and becomes stuck and sticky – which manifests in blood clots – or Stasis of the Blood.
- Poor blood flow can affect your ovaries – if they are insufficiently nourished they will not produce good quality eggs – nor will they be able to release them effectively.
- Blood that stagnates is less able to circulate thus it cannot adequately nourish the uterus – which in turn cannot effectively perform its role of contracting to push out the old lining of the uterus – nor enable effective implantation let alone to sustain the growth of a healthy embryo.
- This has a negative impact on your fertility as if your blood isn’t flowing as smoothly as it should to and from your uterus, your uterine lining may not be healthy enough to support implantation and a growing embryo. If you experience heavy menstrual bleeding with clots, treatment is necessary.
Other causes of Blood Stasis – what else causes blood clots in a menstrual period?
In TCM Blood Stasis is viewed as the result of Cold Stagnation. Cold stagnation prevents the effective circulation of blood causing the blood to congeal and form clots. Eating excessive cold or raw food, living in a cold or damp environment, exposing your feet, abdomen and particularly your lower back to a cool environment can cause Cold Stagnation.
How to remove menstrual clots, resolve heavy menstrual bleeding and promote effective uterine function?
Acupuncture is excellent at helping to promote blood flow to the uterus and in doing helps to move Blood Stasis – There are a number of excellent research articles that demonstrate that acupuncture is helpful at promoting blood flow within and around the uterus. During an acupuncture treatment single use sterile needles will be expertly placed onto specific acupuncture points. Some of these may be located on the lower back, abdomen or even on the arms and legs. These points may be combined with a warming herb called Moxa which helps to energise the flow of Qi which in turn enables the Stagnant Blood to circulate more effectively. This treatment encourages easier, pain free and clot free periods. Acupuncture helps to remove blood clots during periods and is an effective treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding with clots.
Natural Chinese Herbal Treatments
Uterus Maintenance by GinSen are unique herbal blend supplements that help with fertility related issues. These natural supplements work to thicken the uterine lining for implantation and prepare the body for pregnancy. Expertly formulated to increase the chances of conceiving naturally or increasing the success rate while undergoing IVF. Uterus Maintenance can also be used to resolve menstrual discomforts.
Menstrual Maintenance is very helpful at regulating the menstrual cycle naturally. Ideal for irregular periods – absent periods, heavy/light period flow, period clotting and balancing hormones. It also promotes fertility by nourishing the female reproductive organs.
Bupleurum Root is a popular natural herb which is used widely in Chinese Medicine for its detoxification ability. It has anti-inflammatory properties and offers relief from symptoms including fatigue, indigestion, PMS, headaches and also boosts energy and promotes a positive stress free outlook.
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