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is diarrhea considered to be a symptom of getting your period?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Sometimes: The hormonal changes associated with the menstrual cycle have been associted with changes in bowel habits and are a common cause of irritable bowel type symptoms. These can often be controlled with medications and occasionaly with dietary modification and the use of probiotics.
Dr. Karen Jones
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Occasionally: When the period is coming a few women will get diarrhea. This is from a chemical the lining of the uterus makes, called prostaglandin. This chemical can cause diarrhea, nausea, and menstrual cramping.

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Why does my baby have diarrhea?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
It may be normal: Breastfed babies tend to have soft, yellow, mushy stools. Some breastfed babies' stools may appear like diarrhea. This may be entirely normal, especially if your baby is gaining weight well. Make sure your baby is making plenty of wet diapers with urine as that is a good sign of hydration. If in doubt, check with your pediatrician to be sure. Fever, blood or mucus in the stool would be abnormal.
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Should I be concerned about my baby's bright green diarrhea?

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Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: If you ask my wife, she'd answer differently, but no, bright green diarrhea is not going to cause any harm. Most diarrhea is viral, and the virus causes inflammation and change to the intestinal world. Normal bacteria there changes. It's that bacteria that changes the stool to different colors, so if you change the bacteria, you change the color. When the virus goes away, it changes back.
Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
General Practice 51 years experience
Fast transit time of the stool from the large bowel prevents to change the color of the stool from green to brown. Diarrhea is one of the causes of fast transit time. Dyes and chemicals in the foods or drinks can also change the color of the stool.
Dec 26, 2014
A member asked:

Can certain formulas cause diarrhea?

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Dr. Colton Bradshaw
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: If all babies were just alike there would be only one infant formula. Yet everyone knows that babies are born with differences; this can extend into tolerance or intolerance of infant formula. Perhaps the most common are cow milk protein allergy and lactose intolerance. While not exactly the same, symptoms of increased gasiness, colicky pain, and diarrhea are common hallmarks of these disorders.
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What does it mean if my baby has green diarrhea?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Nothing: The color of diarrhea is not important-- unless it's red with blood. Green means the gut is moving quickly, and you're seeing green bile. But that really doesn't mean anything special.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can it be normal to have some lumps of blood in your period?

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Dr. Prerana Sangani
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: The clumps are normal. Each period is the lining your endometrium that is shedding so sometimes it can be in the form of larger clots or lumps.

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