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Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


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I'm 31 years old, and my husband is 33. I am overweight being 5'10" and 285 lbs, but my husband and I having proactively been TTC for 4 months now. Despite my weight, since I've had a menstrual cycle, it has never skipped a beat (average cycle 28 days).

I'm 31 years old, and my husband is 33.  I am overweight being 5'10" and 285 lbs, but my husband and I having proactively been TTC for 4 months now.  Despite my weight, since I've had a menstrual cycle, it has never skipped a beat (average cycle 28 days).

Anovulation?: Just because periods are occurring monthly, ovulation is not guaranteed. Your first step is to determine presumptive ovulation with a Basal Body Temperature chart or Ovulation Predictor kit. If no success by one year for conception consider seeing a Fertility MD for both of you. (GYN for you Urologist or FP for him). Ovulation can be severely inhibited by your obesity. ...Read more

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What can be the problem when my back is aching and I haven't lift anything heavy or on my menstrual cycle. Im not over weight, I weight 117 ?

What can be the problem when my back is aching and I haven't lift anything heavy or on my menstrual cycle. Im not over weight, I weight 117 ?

Idopathic back pain: In cases where there are no direct precipitants (eg. Trauma or excessive lifting), then the common causes are poor posture, especially if you are seated a lot of a chair/sofa without back support; or drive a lot without back support, or have a mattress that is too soft. ...Read more

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I'm 25, overweight but otherwise no health issues except I haven't had menstrual period in over a year. Sister was same way at my age. Normal?

I'm 25, overweight but otherwise no health issues except I haven't had menstrual period in over a year. Sister was same way at my age. Normal?

Maybe normal for you: Missing periods - amenorrhea - can be "normal" for some. Not everyone has a period every 28 days and, for some, that is "their normal." there is a condition called pcos (polycystic ovarian syndrome) that is associated with obesity and can lead to amenorrhea or irregular periods. It may be a good idea to see your doctor to make sure everything is normal. They may want to get an ultrasound and labs. ...Read more

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Can mono affect your menstrual cycle?

Can mono affect your menstrual cycle?

Yes it can: Virtually al type of infections have the potential to "mess-up" your cycle, but often minor/short-lived occurence. Mild mono is not likely to do that, similar to the common cold you get, but significant mono/or any illness can throw your cycle off. Many medications do so as well. Rapid wt loss/gain, extrenuous/prolonged exercise can do so as well. Consult doc if persistent. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could chia seeds affect your menstrual cycle?

Could chia seeds affect your menstrual cycle?

Have seen no studies: supporting this. Possible side effects from Chia include ^ gas (flatus), bloating & constipation (w inadequate hydration). Because of Omega 3 fatty acids, use of aspirin or blood thinners could be problematic. People w bleeding disorders or who may be undergoing surgery should d/w their providers. 1 study showed diastolic blood pressure can drop w Chia. ...Read more

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Losing your virginity affect your menstrual cycle?

Losing your virginity affect your menstrual cycle?

No: Engaging in sex does not affect one's menstrual cycles with the exception of getting pregnant. If one is concerned about irregular menses, recommend seeking evaluation with 1' gyn. ...Read more

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Can taking resveratrol affect your menstrual cycle?

Can taking resveratrol affect your menstrual cycle?

No: It shouldn't. It's a supplement, and also found in wines. However, you're on BCP, so not sure what issue you may be having with resveratrol. Please elaborate, and we can help you. ...Read more

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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