When it comes to period talk, length and regularity are often the center of the conversation. But what about the consistency of your period? No, I’m not talking about the regularity of your period. I’m talking about the texture and thickness of the blood.
For some women, their normal period suddenly turns into a watery mess. What causes this change in consistency, and are there any treatment options available?
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What Is a Watery Period?
Watery period blood is exactly what it sounds like – blood that’s light in color and very fluid in consistency.
Women who experience this will often find that they soak their sanitary pads quickly, and in most cases, there are no clots in the blood. Leaking may also be a problem.
Simply put, the blood looks like it’s been diluted in water.
4 Causes for Watery Periods
What does watery period blood mean?
There are many things that can make your period thinner or lighter than usual. Some of those causes are nothing to be concerned about, while other causes require medical treatment.
1. Post-Pregnancy Periods
If you’ve recently given birth, your period may be unpredictable and “abnormal” for the first few months. It’s common for periods to be lighter, or more fluid than normal as your body recovers from the pregnancy and delivery.
Still, if your period is wonky after giving birth, talk to your doctor to make sure there’s no underlying medical condition to blame.
2. Lighter Period
In some cases, a watery period is nothing to be concerned about, and it may just be a lighter cycle for you.
Thin, bright red blood period blood is new blood that’s been properly prevented from clotting. Sometimes, fresh blood is so light and thin that when it mixes with cervical discharge, it can look like you’re having a watery period.
If you’ve just started menstruating, your cycle may just be lighter than normal. Every woman and every cycle is different.
If you’re asking yourself “why is my period watery?” pregnancy may not be the first answer that comes to mind. Isn’t your period supposed to stop when you’re pregnant?
Yes, but light spotting is common very early in a pregnancy.
Many women also experience clear vaginal discharge during pregnancy. If the discharge mixes with blood from spotting, it may seem like you’re having a watery period.
Spotting early on in a pregnancy can be caused by:
- Implantation – When the fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine wall.
- Irritation in the Cervix – Caused by a vaginal exam or sex.
A pregnancy test can confirm whether you’re having a watery period, or if your symptoms are a sign of early pregnancy.
If the bleeding continues for more than a day, it’s likely your period and not a pregnancy symptom. If you have confirmed a pregnancy and the bleeding continues, see your doctor right away to find the cause of the bleeding.
4. Labor Signs
If you’re pregnant and experiencing a watery period just days or weeks before your due date, it may be a sign that you’re about to go into labor.
Many women experience a short, watery period when the mucus plug comes out just before labor begins. In some cases, the mucus plug fluid can mix with amniotic fluid or leucorrhea, and give the appearance of a watery period.
This watery discharge will only last a few minutes or hours – not the full length of a typical period.
If you’re in the later stages of your pregnancy and you’re experiencing a thin, watery period, call your doctor to find out if your symptoms are a sign of labor.
When to See a Doctor
If you experience any of the following symptoms, see your doctor right away:
- Watery period with clots
- Clots that are larger than a quarter in size
- Severe pain
- You’re pregnant, and the bleeding continues for days
2 Treatment Options
So, your period is more watery than normal – now what? First, see your doctor to find out what’s causing the change in the blood’s consistency. Your doctor will be able to prescribe or recommend treatments to help restore your period to its normal consistency.
A watery period can be an early sign of pregnancy. If there’s a chance you might be pregnant, getting tested can help determine whether this is the cause.
Remember, pregnancy tests are only accurate after a missed period, so you may have to wait a day or two to get tested.
There are many at-home pregnancy tests available online and in drug stores. These tests check your urine for HCG, a hormone that is only present in the body during pregnancy. While not as accurate as a blood test, urine tests are the go-to method in both doctors’ offices and at-home testing environments.
There are three main types of tests:
- Strips: Testing strips are inexpensive, and most boxes include dozens of tests. Unlike a conventional test, strips are dipped into a cup of urine to check HCG levels. We like Easy@Home because the strips are easy to use and highly accurate.
- Early Tests: Conventional tests require you to wait until after your missed period to test, but early tests can detect HCG levels days before your missed period. First Response is one of the most trusted early pregnancy test brands.
- Conventional Tests: Of course, you’ll also find conventional pregnancy tests in most drug stores and online. Most kits come with three tests, and are available at affordable prices. We like Clearblue because the results are easy to read. Instead of lines, the results display as “pregnant” or “not pregnant.”
A hormone imbalance may cause a watery period. Along with conventional doctor-recommended treatments, consuming a healthy, balanced diet can help restore your body’s natural balance.
Here are a few tips:
- Eat healthy facts, like avocados, olive oil and coconut oil.
- Make sure you’re getting enough Omega-3 fatty acids.
- Improve your gut health with a probiotic and fermented foods.
- Stick with whole, natural foods, and ditch processed foods.
Along with changing your diet, regular exercise, reducing stress and getting enough sleep can help restore your body’s natural hormonal balance.