I know it is gross, but it is totally normal. My periods were like that all of the time. I do not know what causes it, but do not worry. I hope things get better for you. Kasie
All of that is "normal" - for endometriosis, that is. It appears your body is cleansing itself of the excess endometrial tissue. Clotting is a clear sign of excess estrogen, as that is what causes the thickened, clotted menses. I know that somewhere in the recesses of my mind the medical terminology (the what and why) for the "mucus" like discharge exists, but it has been a long day and at the moment I simply do not recall.
Things should get better. The process - when it works properly - involves the excess tissues being discharged from the body but not being replaced...so your periods should become more normal as the treatment progresses.
Wow...what a great explanation! Interesting. I always like learning the "why" and the "how."
You know, I always had some of that clotting (nasty) stuff the first 1-2 days of my regular periods. Excess estrogen, huh.... Maybe that's why I got the big chest and why the women in my family seem get pregnant by looking at a male :D
(I'm so not a girlie girl though... I prefer jeans and sweating outside to the makeup and dresses)
As long as the icky mucous goo is normal, I'll stop worrying that my body's going to spontanously self-destruct or something :)
Well, thank you, but upon re-reading my response I see that I should have more clearly defined the "excess estrogen" as the situation is not always excess estrogen per se. It can also be unopposed estrogen, due to an insufficiency of progesterone to 'balance' the estrogen. But the effect is essentially the same whether the body is producing too much estrogen or not enough progesterone: heavy periods with clotting, strong PMS symptoms, abdominal discomfort, etc.