Post # 1
Has anyone ever experienced this?
On Saturday I was suffering all day from cramps and took 2 advil. Then at night I felt a gush, which turned out to be a giant blood clot the size of a kiwi! and began bleeding heavily. It was pretty shocking. It was bright red and looked like the tissue of a kidney. At first I thought I had birthed my own kidney! Then within a half hour I had three more that were slightly larger than a golf ball and had heavy bleeding. After about an hour it slowed down.
I tend to have clots but they are always less than a quarter. My heart was pounding for a few minutes and felt kind of woozy. Sunday I felt okay and took it easy, but went for a 2 mile walk. Today I’m kind of lethargic, but got though the work day okay. I haven’t had any more clots that were larger than a dime.
I’m 29, not on any BC, I do have hypothyrodism that is treated. I’ve only had unprotected sex once ever in 8 years with my husband and that was 2 days before this happened. Could this be why?
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Post # 2
Oh girl, that is scary. I have normal clots, but nothing that big. Have you thought about getting checked out with a doc? It could be better then anything worse happening. Make sure you are keeping your iron up, and water intake. Both of those seem to go hand in hand with my late friend. If i drop on them, the cramps/clots get worse.
I know doc bills suck, but I’d schedule an appointment. Kiwi size is quite big.
Post # 3
I get blood clots all the time – some small some very large (it can be a little scary). My doctor has never been concerned, but if you want to talk with them you can certainly make an appointment or even call to talk with a nurse. I am VERY lethargic when my period is heavy or full of clots. You’re losing a lot of blood so it will feel dizzy, woozy, etc. I’d look into taking iron.
edit: unprotected sex has nothing to do with blood clots during your period.
Post # 4
IMO, that is a very large clot and I’d get checked out asap. I have gotten more clots since my Paragard insertion three years ago, but none evdb remotely that large. Take care of yourself!
Post # 5
avarose: I don’t think it’s related to the unprotected sex. I get fairly large clots sometimes- though never as large as a kiwi. That would worry me.
When I had a very heavy period a few months back I got really scared. I called a friend who is an OB/Gyn and he said if it happened a second time to go in or if I was feeling faint or dizzy or very tired as a result. One gush or clot without the other symptoms didn’t warrent a visit for him.
So…. you’re borderline from his standards. The size of the clot really worries me and the fact that there were more after is concerning. I’d probably go in just to be safe.
Post # 6
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I’d call my gyno ASAP. A clot that big isn’t normal. I’ve had ones smaller than a quarter or so, but nothing like that. If that isn’t the norm for you, I’d be calling.
Post # 7
I’d be calling too. I have hypothyroidism as well–when I’m swinging more hypo my periods are super heavy with more clots, and when my meds are optimal my periods are pretty light. Is there a chance your meds need adjusted?
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods
Have you ever been tested for endometriosis? This, along with infertility is often a symptom (among others). It is also commonly found in women who have other autoimmune idsorders, such as your hypothyroidism.
Post # 9
The only time I’ve ever heard of clots that big was after giving birth! I’m not so sure that’s normal- id get it checked out.
Post # 10
I would definitely get checked out. That doesn’t sound normal.
I do have heavy periods and get large clots (nothing ever quite that large, but up to a golf ball size every once in a while), but it is just a symptom of my bleeding disorder. I actually had to stay home from work on Friday because of how dizzy and lethargic I was from the heavy bleeding. A lot of people go undiagnosed (my mother went 45 years before being diagnosed with one!). Do you have any other bleeding issues that you can think of? Bloody noses for no apparent reason, heavy periods, gum bleeding when going to the dentist or brushing your teeth, and occasional bruising are all symptoms of a mild bleeding disorder.
If you do, it might be something to suggest to your doctor to check for (for some reason many don’t think of it, and I have even had to explain to them sometimes what it is). Just a suggestion, as many people don’t think to test for it. Whether or not this is the case, I absolutely think you need to see a doctor.
Post # 11
It sounds like you passed a decidual cast. Instead of the uterine lining breaking down and passing in small clots and menstrual blood, the lining breaks away and is expelled in just a few large pieces, sometime only in one. It’s rare but it happens. It is very painful and just not very nice.
Did you have a close look at it? Did it look anything like the shape of a uterus? It may be worth having a look at some pictures on Google to see if yours was anything alike. When was your last period? Sometimes they are more likely if it’s been a long time since you last had a period as the lining has built up thicker and thicker. Do you have any hormone related conditions such as PCOS? It can be a symptom of PCOS, in which case it’d be a good idea to contact your doctor. It may be worth a visit to your GP anyway, and I would certainly go if you ever pass another one.
I’ve had two myself and the pain was ridiculous. I was doubled over. I changed my contraception and it didn’t happen again. I hope it never will. I hope you don’t have another one, good luck with it.
Post # 12
AdkRCLove: Thank you, I’ll have it checked. I do tend to bruise easily or mysteriously.
Post # 13
BubblesandCupcakes: It definietly didn’t look like a uterus. In pictures I’ve seen a cast looks pale and thin. This was very thick and looked like a piece of kidney or collapsed lung. Really crazy. I always worry about infertility. I’ll call the dr. in the morning. It seems like I go to the dr. so often I’m afraid they will just see me as complaining.
Post # 14
avarose: You’re welcome. I didn’t want to scare you or come off as saying that you definitely have that, but it sounds very similar to what I go through which is why I suggested it. Here’s some info if you or anyone else is interested: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/von-willebrand-disease/basics/definition/con-20030195
I have Type 1, which is the most mild form, and the most common.
ETA: From the symptoms page:
“Signs and symptoms of an abnormally heavy period that may indicate von Willebrand disease include:
- The presence in your menstrual flow of blood clots greater than 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) in diameter
- The need to change your menstrual pad or tampon more often than hourly
- The need to use double sanitary protection to control menstrual flow
- Symptoms of anemia, including tiredness, fatigue or shortness of breath”
Edit 2: Another thing to keep in mind is that Advil (and any ibuprofen or naproxen for that matter) is a blood thinner. That could have potentially contributed to even heavier bleeding depending on the time between taking it and noticing heavy bleeding. Tylenol/Acetaminophen is the only safe pain killer when it comes to heavy bleeding episodes. So that is definitely something to be careful of in the future no matter what the cause of this was.
Post # 15
avarose: the thing is, I can’t see it being anything other than a decidual cast. A kidney or part of your lung just isn’t possible, but either of those descriptions are a resemblance. The pictures you’re seeing of casts are pale because they’ve been washed (how lovely) so that they’re easier to examine. They’re expelled with blood, so they can even be dark red. And they’re not thin, when the uterine passes a cast in one piece it’s because the lining is so thick.
They can even be a symptom of something like Von Willebrand Disease, which is what someone has mentioned to you. Don’t worry about speaking to or seeing your doctor. That’s what they’re there for.