Originally Posted by momileigh
After thinking about it a bit more, I'm guessing they are saying clots can be an issue because they can be related to menorrhagia, or excessive flow. If you do have very heavy periods, that can be a sign of uterine abnormalities (such as, perhaps, divided uteri with extra endometrial area) or endometriosis. But if your periods are moderate, or a bit on the heavy side, but not excessive, a few clots are probably normal and of no consequence. Endometriosis is almost always accompanied by severe cramping which you probably already would have sought treatment for unless you have an unusually high tolerance to pain.
Well, what is considered a very heavy period? Mine are what I would consider fairly heavy, but I don't know if it's within normal range. They are on the long side of normal, too. Usually it goes: Day 1--Can be anything from spotty to heavy, Day 2-4--Heavy, Day 5--Medium, Day 6-7--Light or spotty. I usually have clots through day 4 or so.
Also, I have cramps every time. I have had some so severe that I was doubled over in pain moaning, but the majority of the time, it is not that bad. I'd say the really bad cramps happen 1-2 times per year. Usually, I just pop some pain meds and use a heating pad. This lasts for the first 2-3 days, and by day 3 or 4, it's pretty tolerable without any pain meds.
Sorry, that was kind of a novel!