Not only do women face specific risk factors for blood clots (use of estrogen for birth control or the treatment of menopause, and pregnancy and childbirth), we also face specific concerns, or issues, after blood clots. For me, these issues are related to two topics: menstruation and self-esteem.
Anticoagulants, or blood thinners are they are commonly called, can cause some, but not all, women to experience a heavier than normal monthly menstrual cycle. This can be devastating to deal with, but there are options to help you manage it. Some women may choose to take progestin-only birth control, or have a surgical procedure if they are no longer planning to have children, to reduce or eliminate bleeding. Most importantly, women should talk to their doctors about their cycles, and what options they have.
Dealing with a heavy or extended menstrual cycle can no doubt be damaging to our self-esteem as women, but in addition to that, blood clots create several other issues that impact how we feel as women. Recovering from a serious physical illness can be damaging because we feel less than beautiful, less than helpful, and less than able to give care and support to our families, friends, co-workers, or even ourselves. I struggled greatly with self-esteem after my blood clots, and healing the way I felt about myself was not an easy obstacle to overcome.
Women’s health and blood clots is something that I have become passionate about since my blood clots. If you are suffering – either with your menstrual cycle or self-esteem – you do not have to suffer alone. Here are my resources to help you address women’s issues and blood clots.
Menstruation and Blood Clots
- Menstrual Cycles and Anticoagulants: What’s Normal?
- How a menstrual cup helped me manage a heavy period
- Visit my shop to purchase a DivaCup menstrual cup
- How much bleeding is too much bleeding (and when to seek medical help)
More Information and Resources
- Women and Blood Clots (a suite of resources for women created by the National Blood Clot Alliance)