Stringy period blood: What does it mean?

Let’s imagine the following situation: You’re on your period and about to empty your menstrual cup. As you’re removing it, you spot something out of the ordinary: Stringy period blood. If you’ve never had this before, it can be quite confusing and maybe even a little scary. But there’s really no need to worry! Just take a deep breath and relax. Having stringy period blood is actually super normal and happens to most women at some point in their lives.

But what does stringy period blood mean?

As we’ve already mentioned, stringy period blood is quite normal for any period and shouldn’t be a major cause for concern. But why is your period blood stringy in the first place? Most of the time, it’s just blood that’s been sat in your uterus for a little while before leaving your body. And as the blood sits in your uterus without moving, it oxidises. That’s also why stringy period blood will generally appear dark red or brown in colour.

And, if we think about it, what else does blood do when it’s not moving? Exactly, it clots! So, in other words: Stringy period blood is nothing more than type of blood clot (which is also very normal for your period).

In summary

Stringy period blood is just a normal part of any period, even if you’ve never experienced it before! So, if all of a sudden you spot some stringy bits during your period, don’t panic. If you notice some greater changes to your monthly bleed, however, it’s best to have a chat with your GP.

If you want to know more about what means what when it comes to your period, check out our super comprehensive period blood guide.

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