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butterfly12
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I searched and couldn't find any topics similar to what I needed, and I apologize if I overlooked one that did.

I started my period yesterday (of course, right on time for finals! Goodness I love being a girl) and it seems very, well, watery I suppose would be the word. There's not just blood coming down, it's soaking my sanitary napkin. I didn't think that I had any accidents or anything like that. Is this normal? I mean, I know nothing exactly is normal because everyone is different, but do you think I should see my doctor?
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logic_grrl
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Sometimes menstrual blood will be more "watery" and gush out in a more dramatic way than at other times. Actually, menstrual "blood" isn't just blood like the blood in your veins - there's all sorts of other stuff (like mucus) that can be in there too. So this can happen.

However, if your period suddenly changes in a dramatic way (e.g. becomes much heavier), or if you're anxious about it and want a check-up, then seeing a doctor is always a good idea.


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Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but I remember someone telling me a while ago, I think it was my doctor, that taking asprin or drinking alcohol or anything else that thins your blood can make your period seem watery. Is this true or did whoever tell me that wrong? Thanks
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Aspirin is a blood thinner. It prevents clotting by making the platelets and proteins less able to stick together. This is why adults take aspirin to prevent heart attacks and strokes -- with thinned blood, there is less likelihood of a clot getting stuck in a bad place.

So if you were taking aspirin (not ibuprofen, not acetominophen) then it is in deed possible that your menstrual blood could appear more watery.

As for alcohol, i don't know. *shrug*

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Wow, that's really kind of interesting.

It turns out that yes, I have been taking aspirin regularly, as well as an anti-biotic for a horrible sinus infection. I'm not usually big on using pain relievers....that's me, tough as nails!

Thank you for sharing what you know. I suppose it's a blessing in disguise, I mean, what girl would complain about a light period?

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