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"Chunky" period...
BarbaraManatee posted:
Lately, I've been having periods where instead of the discharge being liquid, I'm getting whole sections of what appears to be the lining. I will get some bleeding too, but when I do, it's really thick and dark in color. I'm really getting worried and wonder if this is in anyway normal. I'm on birth control (Nuva Ring) and have not had intercourse for nearly two months, although I've had a period like this while in a sexually active relationship (about 6 months ago). I've been having more intense cramps than I've ever had. I also get intense lower back pain and feel really bloated. The worst pain lasts for about 8-10 hours and I feel entirely unable to do anything, including sleep. I'm turning 28 later this month. This is my third period like this in the past 6 months, with the other three being typical for me. Any information or advice would be greatly appreciated.
georgiagail responded:
It's important to realize that menstruation is not just losing blood; it is the sloughing off of the uterine lining which is then passed out of the body. These pieces look like blood clots.

It's also not unusual to have a couple of normal menstrual periods (in terms of pain and cramping) and then have one that is more intense.

BarbaraManatee replied to georgiagail's response:
Thanks Gail, I do realize this. If it were just clots I wouldn't be worried. It is more like whole sections of uterine lining, several inches long and wide and at least and eighth of an inch thick. My understanding is that the lining 'liquefied' (for lack of a better term) and came out in the form of blood. The fact my period has changed from a really heavy blood flow with nothing more than back pain and bloating to this with really intense cramps and pain is what has me worried. Is there something causing my body to miss a step?
georgiagail replied to BarbaraManatee's response:
Save a sample and bring it to your gynecologist while discussing the increase in painful cramping.

Way back when I was still menstruating..and if there were long spaces between periods...I did find when they came the cramping was more intense and the lining in larger pieces. When I mentioned this to my gynecologist he explained that the irregular cycles allowed the lining to increase in size.

undefined responded:
What ever happened with this? I'm experiencing the same thing!!

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