An answer to my earlier question

Earlier today, my question was, “Do the Internets have a play-by-play explanation as to what happens physically when squid pass?”

I was looking for a non-textbook, readable, understandable, palatable explanation for myself and others.

It’s not so easy to come by!!!

After several word combination searches failed to give me what I was looking for, I tried “how a clot passes through cervix” and was directed to WomensHealthLondon.org.uk.
This website states, “When menstrual bleeding is heavy, clotting can also occur. Losing large clots can be extremely upsetting and even painful if they are large because they can cause cramping as they pass through the cervix. There is a simple explanation as to why these large clots are formed. All blood contains a clotting factor. To enable menstrual blood to flow freely from the uterus (womb) and leave your body without clotting, the uterus produces an anti-clotting agent.”

Ok that’s a bit too dumbed down for me. What anti-clotting agent is produced?

I used to know this! argh!

I used the search terms “anti-clotting agent uterus” and it got me nowhere.

I looked back through my old diary – where I had reprinted part of a chapter out of Endometriosis: A Key To Healing Through Nutrition, and I found prostaglandins.

I’m pretty sure that’s the word I’m looking for, so I turned to wikipedia.

But Wikipedia doesn’t dumb it down enough for me when it says that prostaglandins “cause aggregation or disaggregation of platelets”.

So I googled “aggregation of platelets” and got my answer:

“Platelet aggregation: The clumping together of platelets in the blood. Platelet aggregation is part of the sequence of events leading to the formation of a thrombus (clot).”medterms.com

SO:
Prostaglandins in the uterus are what cause the clumping together of platelets in the blood, and this clumping is what leads to the formation of clots (which I lovingly call squid).

Now let’s go back to WomensHealthLondon.org.uk:

“But if the menstrual loss is heavy, it is possible that the anti-clotting agent will be used up before a period has finished, so that the remaining blood is likely to form clots.
…There are a number of diseases which can cause heavy bleeding…”
and Endometriosis is listed as one of them.

And then, going back to the Endometriosis: A Key To Healing Through Nutrition book, it says, “Large blood clots may be prevented when vitamins C and E are used together with evening primrose and fish oils as these all have estrogenic properties, and certain estrogens produce changes in blood clotting.”

I do have these vitamins and supplements in the house, but it is true that I do not take them daily. I forget. I have already started to correct this.

I then found a big ol’ discussion on a popular website for those of us with Endometriosis – endo-resolved.com – wherein she breaks down all one wants to know and more about prostaglandins. Happy reading!

Overall, I’m satisfied with the answers I found to my question, but I’d still like a play-by-play as to what happens physiologically in the uterus and cervix and vagina during the forming of and passing of clots.

The closest I came to that is a website called My Beautiful Cervix. It’s a VERY graphic, NSFW site detailing photos of a woman’s cervix through one month. It’s totally fascinating and informative! If you are interested, you can click here.

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