Here’s a fact for you, you know that women menstruate on an average for 42 years and 13 times a year, making that over 540 periods in a life time and here are the top 10 things you should definitely know about your menstrual blood that you loose in every period.
- Menstrual blood is not a normal blood, but has a different composition and constitute cells from the mucous lining of vagina, uterine tissue and bacteria of vaginal flora.
- The composition of menstrual blood varies from a woman to a woman and also cycle to cycle, the composition also changes with the age
- Menstrual blood is thicker than ordinary blood and the colour of the blood in the periods is bright red colour , similar to cranberry juice.
- Blood clots in menstrual blood flow is normal and can be simply a part of your normal menstruation.
- If blood flow in menstruation is very heavy and the clots are large and thick, then it is not normal
- The average amount of menstrual blood flow during periods is 35 ml ( about 2.4 tablespoons) with 10–80 ml (1–6 tablespoons of menstrual blood) considered typical.
- flow of more than 80 ml (or 16 soaked sanitary products) per menstrual period is considered menorrhagia (Very heavy blood flow)
- It’s a myth that very heavy blood flow happens only with women who have given birth, adolescent girls and women who are approaching menopause are usually are at high risk of menorrhagia
- Unless a woman has a blood related illness, the menstrual blood is harmless and no toxins are released in the blood flow.
- Amount of iron lost in menstruation fluid is very less for most of the women, but Heavy menstrual bleeding happening monthly can result in anemia.
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