Why Is My Period Blood Watery?

Countless women who were once taken hostage by their symptomatic menstrual cycles caused by uterine fibroids have regained their freedom. Every woman is different and designed with her own unique characteristics, which include the details surrounding her menstrual cycle. Conditions such as her age, genetics, physical health, hormonal balance, and more can have an impact on the length, flow, symptoms, and other elements involved in her monthly experience.

Today we are going to talk a bit about irregular periods and answer a question we are sometimes asked, “Why is my period blood watery?” We will talk about some symptoms that may occur during your cycle that may signal the time to call in an expert.

What Is Normal?

Many gynecological issues that women encounter can be attributed to underlying conditions. They may suffer with symptoms for a long time before they seek help because they are unsure whether what they are dealing with is normal.

Some women have very light periods and do not have severe symptoms, while others fear leaving the house during their cycle because they might quickly soak through their feminine protection and end up in an embarrassing situation.

How do you know what is normal and what is not when it comes to your monthly cycle? Let’s face it, women may have the “gift of gab,” but most do not spend time talking and sharing about the details of their periods. Also, some conditions have a genetic link, so if your mother and your grandmother experienced the same set of symptoms, they may have considered them “normal,” even though they were not. This message is then passed to you either directly or indirectly, and you incorrectly believe that your excessive heavy bleeding and miserable pelvic pain every month are just part of being a woman. If you have a heavy period that is causing you to have to change your feminine protection more frequently than every 2 hours or are passing blood clots larger than about the size of a quarter, it is time to call the doctor to determine the cause.

Everyone’s experience can be vastly different, so there is a wide range of symptoms that could be categorized as “normal,” but your period may not present in a consistent way each month. You may have period blood that ranges from pink to dark red to brown, or pass clots, have light cramping, severe cramps, heavy bleeding, long periods, back pain, pelvic pain, etc. Some of these might be standard for you, but you should be aware that some chronic symptoms are not normal and could be a symptom that stems from something else.

Do You Know Your Baseline?

Recognizing an abnormal period begins with knowing what “your normal’ looks like. If your period has been consistently light, only lasting a few days, and suddenly you experience heavy bleeding that lasts several days longer than normal, or your period blood is watery and bright red, it may be nothing serious or a cause for concern. You should speak with your doctor to find out what is going on.

Why Is My Period Blood Watery And Heavy?

There could be many different reasons why your period blood is watery, heavy, or has undergone changes. Some of the things that can cause this symptom include:

Birth Control
Beginning to use hormonal birth control or changing the type of birth control you are using can cause your period to manifest in different ways. Some birth control methods can thin out the uterine lining, so when it sheds during your period, there is a smaller amount, and you may appear to have a more watery period than normal.
Decreased Estrogen Levels
You can have what appear to be lighter, pinker, and more watery periods if your estrogen levels are low. You might also experience fatigue, mood swings, headaches, etc. if your estrogen levels are lacking. This deficit could be a result of an eating disorder, too much exercising, a medical condition, etc.
Menopause
When you enter the period of perimenopause, the time when your body begins the transition to menopause, it is normal to experience changes in your menstrual cycle. This usually happens in response to your fluctuating estrogen levels and could be the reason you skip periods, have heavier periods, or have period blood that appears watery.
Gynecological Conditions
Many women’s health conditions are related to their reproductive system, and many share common symptoms. Conditions such as PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), endometriosis, adenomyosis, uterine fibroids, tumors in the fallopian tubes or ovaries, etc. can cause chronic changes to your menstrual cycle and could be the underlying cause of watery period blood.

What Should I Do If I Think Fibroids Are Causing Period Blood That Is Watery And Heavy?

If you are experiencing other symptoms that can be caused by fibroids and watery period blood, contact the Atlanta Fibroid Center. We can help you determine whether fibroids are the culprits behind your symptoms and discomfort.

If it is determined that fibroids or adenomyosis are the underlying cause of your menstrual issues, you may be a good candidate for a non-surgical procedure called UFE (uterine fibroid embolization).

UFE is done by an interventional radiologist (IR) in about an hour. During the procedure, the doctor targets and blocks the blood vessels that have been hijacked by these conditions in order for them to divert blood to keep themselves alive. Once they no longer have access to this blood source, their symptoms will begin to dissipate.

UFE should only be performed by interventional radiologists who have been specially trained, have vast experience, and have a proven track record. Doctors such as John C. Lipman and R. Mitchell Ermentrout have performed thousands of UFE procedures and are leaders in their field. Countless women who were once taken hostage by their symptomatic menstrual cycles caused by uterine fibroids have regained their freedom.

Set up an appointment today with the experts at the Atlanta Fibroid Center and start to enjoy life again!

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