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Does Birth Control Help Reduce Menstrual Clots During Your Period?

Yes, if you have heavy periods and pass menstrual clots during your period, hormonal contraceptives can help.

One of the easiest ways to reduce the amount of bleeding and blood clot formation during your period is through birth control pills. Hormonal birth control pills can regulate a woman’s monthly cycle as well as result in lighter periods and reduced cramping. Many women use progestin-only birth control pills (also called the “mini-pill”) as this can reduce the intensity of bleeding and may even stop the period altogether.

If you experience clots during your period, it’s not necessarily cause for concern, but they can be annoying and messy. While menstrual clots are normal for some women, if you notice an increase in clots, in the length of your period, or in the volume of your menstrual flow, check with your healthcare provider to be sure your menstrual changes aren’t caused by an underlying health issue. These are some conditions associated with excessive menstrual bleeding:

  • Endometriosis, which is a painful condition associated with irregular cycles.
  • Fibroids, which are noncancerous growths that are often associated with heavy periods.
  • Hormonal imbalances, which can be due to hypothyroidism, menopause, and polycystic ovarian disease, and may affect the duration and intensity of the menstrual cycle, leading to abnormal clot formation.
  • Cancer of the cervix or uterus, which can result in the abnormal bleeding associated with blood clots. However, this bleeding tends to occur out of cycle.
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