12:01 pm - 04/18/2008

chunks of flesh?

I have my period and I just passed what was like.. a chunk of flesh, in my period.
I had a tampon in too, which was "soaked through" at the time, but I still don't know how it got out of there.
is this normal? has it ever happened to anyone else? by "chunk of flesh" I don't mean glob of blood, but a giant piece of skin-like material that was solid. in fact, it appeared to be white (what wasn't covered in blood). it was like... 1"
I know the uterus sheds its "lining" but if a layer of skin comes off every month isn't that a bit extreme?

I skipped my period last month with BC. could this have anything to do with it?
should I maybe not be using tampons this time around if chunks of stuff are stuck in there?

so yeah, am I dying? this has never happened before.
queensugar 18th-Apr-2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
Believe it or not, passing uterine lining chunks like this is pretty common -- and more often than not, normal. You're almost certainly not dying.

You might want to check out this post. Two VPers were awesome enough to take photos of their uterine lining chunks, and you might see a similarity between what they passed and yours.

Anecdotally, it seems to be more common in women on hormonal birth control, but also definitely happens to women who are not on HBC as well. It hasn't happened to me (yet!), but I know from VP that it's pretty darn common -- though I can totally understand why it would freak you out. :)
sparkleseahorse 18th-Apr-2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
this is exactly what it was. I'm glad someone was bold enough to take pics.
I know I'm not dying- that was an exaggeration. but it was a bit shocking nonetheless.
how big is a uterus anyway? apparently I've been thinking they're pretty big.
because at that link she describes that chunk as being "most" of it or that's how it came across to me anyway.
also, I did not feel this at all "coming out" like she described. nothing.
queensugar 18th-Apr-2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Uteruses in their normal, non-pregnant are actually pretty darn small. Yes, I'm surprised too.

I thought I had a pretty good handle on the human body, but I attended a Body Worlds exhibition (the exhibit where they display dissected and preserved human bodies), and when I got to a display featuring a uterus, I believe I shrieked "THAT'S IT?! HOW CAN SOMETHING SO SMALL CAUSE SO MUCH FREAKING PAIN?"

Evidently, the non-pregnant uterus is about the size of a lemon. I would have initially said a bit smaller than my fist, and I have tiny hands.
pocochina 18th-Apr-2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
Holy shit. That would have been exactly my reaction. What cool info!
_crystalmyth 19th-Apr-2008 07:30 am (UTC)
Where in the name of hell does all that blood come from then?! I'd swear on my mother's grave (and she's not even dead!) that I bleed more than a lemon's worth of blood.
queensugar 19th-Apr-2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, so do I. Don't ask me to explain the mystical physics of the uterus, but somehow it fits a world o' hurt and blood into a very, very tiny space.
kiteless 19th-Apr-2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
Yep, I wanted to take photos so people like you wouldn't feel so freaked out when it happened. In the one photo where I am kind of stretching the thing out, that is about the size of your uterus. It's pretty teeny without a tenant. IUDs are surprisingly tiny you!
teh_kel 18th-Apr-2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
oh man. the first time i dumped my diva
cup out..there were chunks in it!
it made me so scared. But apparently
its perfectly normal.
sparkleseahorse 18th-Apr-2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
I used to have a keeper. maybe I never looked close enough. but I don't remember anything like that.
cuteapple 18th-Apr-2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Yup, chunks are within the normal range. Such fun to be a girl!
splott 18th-Apr-2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
And yes, it could have to do with skipping your period last month. It'd be heavier this month.
sparkleseahorse 19th-Apr-2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
this is a silly question. but there is probably an easy answer for it.
my first reaction when I saw this.. chunk of flesh was that, it was like a giant piece of skin. if a giant piece of skin peeled off the outside of me, for example, that would probably be pretty bad. now I know the lining "sheds" but after it does, what happens?
this experience was really a good example of what I already know about what happens each month.
is your uterus like a lizard that sheds its skin? so, is what came out like, as if dead skin peeled off, but there is other skin under there?
kiteless 20th-Apr-2008 04:01 am (UTC)
Pretty much. The lining of the uterus sheds every month during your period. The rest of the time it spends building it back up. If you don't get pregnant, the lining isn't needed, so it gets broken down. Sometimes, it's just thicker than others and comes out in one big piece, especially if you've skipped a period.
michigan_loverz 20th-Apr-2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
It's happened to me more than I care to admit, I'm not on BC and the pain was just horrible! I forget sometimes how small our reproductive system must be because it just hurts to pass! Thank goodness for ibuprofen :)
Linh T. Oh god this just happened to me too. 5th-Jan-2014 08:50 am (UTC)
Yea this just happened to me for the first time and it freaked me out. I go to the bathroom to change my pad and there is this white large solid thing just sitting in the middle of my pad and I just stare at it thinking "DID THAT THING JUST COME OUT OF ME?!?!?! AM I DYING?!?!?!" This thing seriously looked like a bloody piece of fat. My response was, of coarse, to Google this phenomenon and now I'm here.

My nerves were calmed the second I start reading this post and the comments to it. I had just started using a hormonal contraceptive (specifically the patch) 3 weeks ago (so this is my "off" week) and had some painful cramps earlier in the day. I rarely ever get painful cramps normally and had never used this method of birth control before.

Is there any medical site that I can find this info on? This is the land of the internet and it never hurts to have some proof and citations (also provides me with more proof that I'm not dying).

I hope my post helped other girls out there!
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