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Menstrual (Definition)

Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more


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I have what I thought it was my period, very light menstrual cycle that at points is very light pink. It has been 11 days, I get sharp pains in lower abdomina . Area. I've been irregular the past 6months. I've made an aappointment at the obgyn and won't h

I have what I thought it was my period, very light menstrual cycle that at points is very light pink. It has been 11 days, I get sharp pains in lower abdomina . Area. I've been irregular the past 6months. I've made an aappointment at the obgyn and won't h

Pelvic pain: Pelvic pain is complex as there are several organs in the pelvis. The ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, bladder, appendix, intestines, colon and rectum can all be the source. Pelvic pain requires and examination to help organize the evaluation. When you see your obgyn you can also discuss your irregular menstrual cycle. ...Read more

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Low left back pain radiates to abdomen w dizziness. Occasional SOB, frequent tachy, very light menstrual cycle, no pregnancy. What could be the cause?

Low left back pain radiates to abdomen w dizziness. Occasional SOB, frequent tachy, very light menstrual cycle, no pregnancy. What could be the cause?

Kidney or ectopic or: Pain u describe could be kidney infection( if along with fever and urinary discomfort), or kidney stone... in young woman always thing possible tubal pregnancy. Your symptoms are concerning enough to seek emergency evaluation. ...Read more

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I always get light headed during my menstrual cycle, my period isn't heavy but could it be iron deficiency?

I always get light headed during my menstrual cycle, my period isn't heavy but could it be iron deficiency?

No, rather your BP: You need first to check your blood pressure, which may still not be the cause, if that is really affecting you, better see your doctor during your periods for better evaluation, best wishes ...Read more

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Missed period and now spotting very light pink discharge. My menstrual cycle is very regular, 27 day cycle. Never missed a period before. Pregnant?

Missed period and now spotting very light pink discharge. My menstrual cycle is very regular, 27 day cycle. Never missed a period before. Pregnant?

Hard to guess: It can be hard to tell if a woman is pregnant because some of the symptoms seen in early pregnancy can also happen in non-pregnant women. A urine pregnancy test gives a reliable result if done correctly. One can test about 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred) or 1 week after having a "weird" period. An Ob-Gyn doctor can evaluate if persistent or worrisome symptoms. ...Read more

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What's the cause of extended menstrual cycles?

What's the cause of extended menstrual cycles?

Depends: It is not uncommon to have an abnormal period once. Stress strenuous exercise, medical problem like diabetes or thyroid condition are a few reasons one might have repeated episodes of abnormal menses. See your md, if appropriate do a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Does weight have any effect on menstrual cycles?

Does weight have any effect on menstrual cycles?

Definitely: Being over weight - OR underweight - is one of the most common reasons for irregular menstrual cycles in women. That said, the more over or underweight the woman is the more likely it will cause a problem. Being within 10-15 pounds is probably not going to cause any disruptions. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is there anything i can do to help regulate my menstrual cycles?

Is there anything i can do to help regulate my menstrual cycles?

OCP: Birth control pills will help but we have to find out what is causing this. see your pcp or g.yn for evaluation ...Read more

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Is it normal to have menstrual cycles that are over 45 days long?

Is it normal to have menstrual cycles that are over 45 days long?

MENSTRUAL CYCLE: Hi! The menstrual cycle, which is counted from the first day of one period to the first day of the next, isn't the same for every woman. Menstrual flow might occur every 21 to 35 days and last two to seven days. To find out what's normal for you, start keeping a record of your menstrual cycle on a calendar and ask your health provider what to expect.
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My friend wants to know if having a fishy menstrual cycles normal?

Not normal: Fishy smell with menstrual cycles should be investigated. Be sure to change your pads more often and if this does not solve this issue, then please see your doctor for evaluation and tests to rule out any infections. If you are sexually active, remember to practice safe sex (use condoms). Take care. ...Read more

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Why did I have two menstrual cycles in one month ? , the fourth & twenty ninth

May be normal: menstrual flow every 21-35 days apart is normal. So if you started on the 4th and then again on the 29th=25 days apart which is ok. Women have fluctuations in their bleeding pattern every once in a while. ...Read more

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Why did I have two menstrual cycles in one month 18 days apart ? This is the first it happen

Why did I have two menstrual cycles in one month 18 days apart ? This is the first it happen

Depends: It is not uncommon to have an abnormal period once. Stress strenuous exercise, medical problem like diabetes or thyroid condition are a few reasons one might have repeated episodes of abnormal menses. See your md, if appropriate do a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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The recent few menstrual cycles are really painful and sometimes not bearable. What can I do?

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Heat and pain killer: Use heating pad and non steroidal anti inflammatory meds. if still in lots of pain see an obgyn . After proper history and exam may be an ultrasound might be indicated. Oral contraceptives can be prescribed in some cases. ...Read more

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Do menstrual cycles tend to shorten or lengthen with age, or does it depend on the individual?

Menstrual cycles: As a woman ages, the ovaries take more stimulation by the pituitary to produce an egg for fertilization. Typically a cycle can vary between 26 and 34 days in length and still be "normal". As a woman reaches 30 and above, PMS tends to be more severe, and so does the amount of bleeding if not on oral bc. Stress of any kind can delay menses, and cause irregularities in anyone. ...Read more

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Blue Light Therapy (Definition)

What is blue light therapy? Dermatologists have used blue light in their offices since 2002 to clear acne breakouts quickly and effectively by eliminating the bacteria that cause them. Blue light treatment is a non-uv light therapy, which is gentle on skin and does not cause long-term harmful health effects. Why blue? It penetrates water ...Read more


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Menstrual Cycle Changes (Definition)

Menstrual cycle changes occur throughout a womens lifespan. In most women when they start there periods at 9 or 10 they are often very irregular and heavy. As the woman matures the cycle tends to shorten to a few days and becomes regular every 29-32 days. The periods in the perimenopausal period tend to be irregular and heavy similar ...Read more