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All About Girls Periods
They are!: The trouble is that they have intercourse on the spur of the moment. Generally speaking, it goes back to lack of home and school discipline that seems to be steadily lapsing. ...Read more
Depends on age: It may take up to 18 months after the first period for menstruation to become regular. In order for a girl or woman to have a period, a complex series of hormone signals has to take place. It can take the body time to get all of those signals "in sync, " so it may be many months before the period becomes regular. ...Read more
Irregular periods: Periods are very sensitive to many factors: weight gain/loss, vigorous physical activity (gymnasts, ballerinas), hormonal imbalance, missed birth control pill, emotional/physical stress, just to name a few. They can always consult with pcp/gyn concerning their periods & get options for trying to normalize them. Of course, pregnancy is another possibility. ...Read more
Why do so many women have menstrual symptoms. Why hasn't millions of years perfected menstruation?
Varies, average 12yo: The start of cycles is called menarche.Girls experience menarche at different ages. Factors such as race, stress, diet, genetics and weight (bmi) are all factors involved. The average age of menarche is about 12.5 years in the usa. If no cycle beyond 16 years of age, the delay is referred to as primary amenorrhea.This requires an evaluation of anatomy as well as hormonal blood tests. ...Read more
I've read many stories of women who had normal periods throughout their entire pregnancy. How common is it to have normal periods during pregnancy?
Not normal: I've been an obstetrician for over 10 years and i've never had a patient tell me they had normal periods during your pregnancy. I've heard people talk about it as a phenomenon but i think it's a misnomer. The uterine lining cannot shed during the pregnancy. Women can have bleeding in pregnancy... But not a cycle. ...Read more
Many, not all: Many girls and women have cravings for certain foods (chocolate) or certain tastes such as salty or sweet. Some don't experience any cravings at all. ...Read more
My wife got irregular periods by taking pills to avoid periods for some reason.Her periods are as follows:10/6/13, 29/7/13, 2/10/13, most fertile day?
Irregular bleeding: Irregular bleeding can be a product of any number of issues. Depending upon what medications someone is taking to influence their menses, it may or not be affecting their ovulation. Without additional details about the nature of such medications, it is difficult to predict if or when ovulation is occurring. ...Read more
Yes: It is very common for young girls to have irregular menstrual cycles at first, this can last a few years until the hormonal axis that controls these cycles straighten out in your teens. You can still get pregnant so contraception is important if sexually active, even if periods are not regular! ...Read more
My periods are irregular, 1 month i have periods cycle of 33 days, other month 43 days, am i ovulating after this irregular periods each month, please?
Normal: Some teenagers have irregular and unpredictable periods because some don't ovulate regularly. On months where there is no ovulation, there may be no period at all. Typically, ovulation (or the release of an egg from the ovary) becomes more regular and so do the periods as she gets older but some women require cycle regulation with meds like birth control pills. ...Read more
M 28 years old unmarried female.My menstrual cycle is of 28 days.This time my periods are late by 11 days.Otherwise regular.What should I do?
Delayed period: If you are concerned about possibly being pregnant, then get a home pregnancy test kit from your pharmacy and follow the directions. These home tests are very accurate when done correctly, and doing the test following a missed is the best time. No need to wait and wonder. ...Read more
To avoid a label: Some people feel that a woman that has had more than 1 sexual partner is sexually promiscuous, aka a "slut". Furthermore, some people think that a sexually inexperienced woman would make a better sexual partner due to a tighter vagina. These are myths or cultural biases that have nothing to do with reality. But perceptions and opinions don't change easily. So some women hide the number. ...Read more
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