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Do I have menorrhagia?

I am 12 years old and I think I gave menorrhagia. I've had my period for about 1 1/2 years now. It was never regulated and it was very light. Now in the beggining of this year, my period has been heavy. I didn't mind untill now. My period usually last 7 days. I got my period on July 23. Normal period that I usually get. Around around the 28th I''ve been having blood clots. Now, its been bad! Last night it was every hour that I had to change my pad and go to the bathroom to remove blood clots. I told my mom and she said its normal. It is about the length of my index finger and the wigth of two fingers. My mom doesn't want to bring me to the Dr's because we don't have health insurance and can't afford to go. I just want to know if everything is alright with me and if he could give me a medicine ir something. I don't use tanpons and I don't think I can because it would be clogging up in there until it exploded. Please help. I need to know. Thank You!
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363281 tn?1590104173
What you are experieincing is very normal, your body is still trying to adjust itself to all the changes it is going through, and haveing a rough period is not abnormal at all. The clots are normal too, they are just the lining of the uterus sloughing off and on some months there is more than others, most all women have this at times.

My favorite site, Web MD has this to say about clots and such, keep in mind however, that most of this is geared towards gals who are older and have had their period for a long time. Until your body fully adjusts, you can expect some changes and minor problems.


If your menstrual blood varies in color and consistency throughout your monthly period, it's very likely that it's perfectly normal. There are times, though, when changes in color, thickness, or clotting may indicate a menstrual blood problem.

You might feel embarrassed asking your doctor about menstrual blood problems. But it is important to talk with your doctor about any concerns you might have.

What's happening during a woman's period, and how long does a normal period last?
During your menstrual cycle, the lining of your uterus thickens to get ready for pregnancy. Then, during your period, your body sheds the uterus lining along with blood. The amount of blood and fluid lost is usually between 4 and 12 teaspoons each cycle.

The average menstrual cycle lasts 28 days. For some women, though, cycles can be as short as 21 days. For others, they can be as long as 35 days.

A normal period lasts between two and seven days. The average length of time for a period is three to five days.

Are clots and thicker menstrual blood unusual during a period?
Many women have clots in their menstrual blood from time to time. The clots may be bright red or dark in color. Often, these clots are shed on the heaviest days of bleeding. The presence of multiple clots in your flow may make your menstrual blood seem thick or denser than usual.

Your body typically releases anticoagulants to keep menstrual blood from clotting as it's being released. But when your period is heavy and blood is being rapidly expelled, there's not enough time for anticoagulants to work. That enables clots to form.

If you have excessive clotting or clots larger than a quarter, you should see a health care professional to rule out any conditions that might be causing an abnormal period.

Are darker colors and thicker flows normal in menstrual blood?
Sometimes you may notice that your menstrual blood becomes dark brown or almost black as you near the end of your period. This is a normal color change. It happens when the blood is older and not being expelled from the body quickly.

Temporary thick heavy flow isn't necessarily cause for concern. However, regular heavy periods justify a trip to the doctor to check your blood counts. Many women become accustomed to heavy periods, considering them to be normal. Over time, though, the excess monthly blood loss leads to anemia, potentially causing weakness or fatigue. If you ever feel something's not right with your period, see your health care provider.

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Ok, thank you. But I told you the size of the clots and you said that it is normal bit then towards the end you said that if it is smaller than a quarter, I should see a Dr. But I told you it was the length of my index finger and two fingers thick. So now I'm confused.
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If you have to change your pad more than one time in an hour then you NEED to go see a doctor. You could be hemorrhaging.
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I really think your fine and what you are experiencing is normal.  You are young and the older you get the heavier it gets.  I know it can be scary when your still learning about your body and seeing the clots are even worse, but I promise you are ok.  The clots are normally and I know you are worried about the size of it,  but from what I can remember I did the same thing and I was ok.  I assure you that your mom really knows what she is saying and I know at that at that age you don't want to always listen to your parents, but all of us girls had to start somewhere.  As for the having to change your pad a lot its normal to when your in the middle of your period it is usually heavier and it does require you to have to change it more often even if it is every hour. Good luck and try not to worrie about it to much.
1842569 tn?1320917441
Hey,

I'm 14, and I expericance the same problem you have. I have menorrhagia, really heavy periods not stopping, bleeding evrywhere. AND ALOT OF PAIN!!! :( - I am on the combined oral contraceptive that you can see a doctor about, it stops the pain and sometimes stops bleeding all together. If not the you could get an ultra-sound like me and if there is a problem you can be put on The Pill :3

Hope I've Helped x
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