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Doctor insights on: Alcohol And Heavy Menstrual Periods

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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 don't have consistent menstral flow. Ususlly I have to drink alcohol to trigger my period. Its been two weeks & I still don't hav d flow. Help pls?

See GYN: A gynecologist can help regulate your period, as it is not uncommon to have irregular cycles and flows. It is certainly not recommended to drink alcohol, especially in the case you were pregnant, to bring on your late period. Best wishes. Read more

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Can drinking alcohol cause a heavier period?

Can drinking alcohol cause a heavier period?

Thinning blood: Alcohol can thin the blood and could theoretically cause a heavier period and increased blood loss. Read more

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Menstrual periods are very heavy and thin like water?

Menstrual periods are very heavy and thin like water?

Menorrhagia: Menorrhagia is loss of > 80ml of blood or lasting > 7 days. In a 51 yo, causes, may be anovulatory cycles with prolonged estrogen production, endometrial or cervical cancer or polyp, atrophic vaginitis, coagulation disorders, cervical or vaginal trauma, foreign bodies, hypothyroidism, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometritis, tuberculosis, etc treatment depends on the cause. Consult obgyn. Thanks. Read more

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I am experiencing irregular menstrual periods, heavy, dark, and every other week for the last five weeks (3 on, 2 off).

I am experiencing irregular menstrual periods, heavy, dark, and every other week for the last five weeks (3 on, 2 off).

Polymenorrhea: The bleeding you describe may be related to pregnancy, which may be in your fallopian tubes, or even an incompletely spontaneously aborted pregnancy, part of which (placenta) could still be in the womb and causing the bleeding. Get a serum HCG test for pregnancy, and if negative, see your health provider immediately. Read more

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Hello dr my menstrual started early (23days) and spotted only few dops on first day and stopped. Before I use have heavly period because I m using iud.

Hello dr my menstrual started early (23days) and spotted only few dops on first day and stopped. Before I use have heavly period because I m using iud.

Cycle control: There are multiple options for heavy periods. Hormonal treatments such as birth control pills, Progesterone treatments and the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud are effective reversible treatments that will help many people. There is also a drug called Lysteda that contains no hormones which will help others. If you are done having children discuss the option of an endometrial ablation. Read more

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Why do I have heavy menstrual periods and twice a month?

Why do I have heavy menstrual periods and twice a month?

Likely hormonal.: You should have an exam and ultrasound. You should also have an endometrial biopsy to make sure no precancerous cells. Good luck. Read more

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My daughter is having unusually long heavy menstrual periods that last 12 days sometimes more. Is this normal? If not what can be done to prevent it?

My daughter is having unusually long heavy menstrual periods that last 12 days sometimes more. Is this normal? If not what can be done to prevent it?

No and yes: No not normal & yes an be prevented. She should have lab testing done. Thyroid disorder, coagulation studies, a liver panel & check for anemia would be a good start. It's possible it's just her hormones working themselves out. Birth control pills or cyclical Progesterone can shorten and lighten the flow. Using Ibuprofen 800mg 3x/day for up to 3 days w food can help too. Read more

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If blood reproduces itself then why is it that I am anemic because of my heavy menstrual periods?

If blood reproduces itself then why is it that I am anemic because of my heavy menstrual periods?

Yes: You do replace blood lost with menstrual periods. When you loose blood, you loose iron. Like your kitchen pantry, when you keep taking things out, your pantry becomes empty. Therefore, you need to replace the lost iron with diet and iron supplements. You should discuss this with your physician. Read more

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My past three menstrual periods have only lasted two days with a heavy flow, is this weird?

My past three menstrual periods have only lasted two days with a heavy flow, is this weird?

It's not unusual to: Have short heavy cycles. Do they hurt? I have a great idea. Go to your doc, get on the pill if sexually active. Then ask about topirimate for your migraines. At 50 mg it's great for some people but, though dose is low, can cause pregnancy issues. Make sure u r sleeping and not clinching teeth badly. This is bruxism, makes migraines worse. Perhaps a small amount of medicine for mood? Gd luc. Read more

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What to do with heavy menstrual periods caused by iud? I prefer not to use IUD with hormones

Get rid of the IUD: Or if you want to keep the iud you need to get an ultrasound to make sure nothing strange is going on, and then you can take a medicine called Lysteda that will slow down you period bleeding so see yoiur gyn to discuss with your gyn. Read more

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Dr. I m 22 and my menstrual periods start at the age of 13. my height is 5feet and 4 inches and my weight is 52.5 kg. I want to increase my height. P?

Dr. I m 22 and my menstrual periods start at the age of 13. my height is 5feet and 4 inches and my weight is 52.5 kg. I want to increase my height. P?

Since you have: Completed puberty, you will have no further growth of your long bones, sorry. The good news is that your Body Mass Index is normal, meaning your weight is perfect for your height. Read more

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I heard that heavy menstrual periods can cause anemia. Is there anything I can do to prevent the anemia?

I heard that heavy menstrual periods can cause anemia. Is there anything I can do to prevent the anemia?

Yes: Anemia can be treated with iron supplementation. The key though is to fix the underlying cause. Discuss treatment options for heavy periods with your obgyn. If you still want children then birth control pills can lighten the cycle. If you are done with pregnancies you may be a candidate for an in office endometrial ablation to lighten or stop your cycles. Read more

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If I have spotting the day before my menstrual cycle starts to be heavy does that count as the day my period begins?

If I have spotting the day before my menstrual cycle starts to be heavy does that count as the day my period begins?

Spotting: The spotting may be normal for you but most would consider the first day of heavy flow as day 1. Read more

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Can excessive stress 2 weeks prior to my period starting have caused my menstrual cycle to be heavier than usual this month?

Can excessive stress 2 weeks prior to my period starting have caused my menstrual cycle to be heavier than usual this month?

Yes: Yes, stress can change your menses significantly. However, if your menses is heavy for longer than 10 day sin a row or continues to be heavy in future cycles, see a obgyn Read more

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My menstrual cycle came 2 weeks early. I ended my period 2 weeks ago at the end of january, two weeks later it started again. It lasted four days. The first two days were light. Then it got really heavy and went back to normal and ended. I'm still bloated

My menstrual cycle came 2 weeks early. I ended my period 2 weeks ago at the end of january, two weeks later it started again. It lasted four days. The first two days were light. Then it got really heavy and went back to normal and ended. I'm still bloated

It: It may be that your hormones are off balance, which can happen from conditions such as stress or weight changes (weight too high or too low). If there is any chance that you are pregnant please take a test (some pregnancies can cause spotting or bleeding).

If you have pain, soaking more than a pad an hour, light-headedness, fainting or vomiting then you would have to be seen as an emergency. Read more

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Might a menstrual cup work for heavy periods?

Might a menstrual cup work for heavy periods?

No u need to: See your gyn for evaluation so u know the cause and then u can get the proper txment which at your age may be medication, endometrial ablation or robotic or laparoscopic hysterectomy. Read more

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