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Why are There Blood Clots in My Period?

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Updated May 21, 2008

Question: Why are There Blood Clots in My Period?
Answer: While it is often frightening when you discover blood clots in your menstrual flow, there is usually no need to worry. Clots of blood and tissue are a normal part of menstruation. These clots may be bright red, dark red, brown, or even black. Many women and girls experience blood clots in their periods. These clots and clumps of tissue are just part of the normal shedding of the endometrium during menstruation. Although it's quite normal to have blood clots in your menstrual blood, if you have blood clots and are experiencing excessive bleeding, consult with your physician as soon as possible.
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