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Could having the stomach flu 2 weeks ago and a cold right now cause my period to be late? Sexually active but I use protection Also have been stressed

Could having the stomach flu 2 weeks ago and a cold right now cause my period to be late? Sexually active but I use protection Also have been stressed

Possible, but...: I bet it's not very likely. If not 100% certain about the protection, a pregnancy test is a good idea; if negative it's most likely late or missed ovulation. Good wishes to you. ...Read more

Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


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Really bad tummy cramps but not on my period? Maybe stomach flu?

Really bad tummy cramps but not on my period?  Maybe stomach flu?

Stomach flu symptoms: Gastroenteritis symptoms may include: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps/pain, headaches, muscular aches ; pains as well as fever (low grade). Bloody stools are not usually associated with gastroenteritis. ...Read more

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I had the stomach flu 7/3-7/6 on 7/4 my period came on time but light only 4 days (reg. 7 days) Did the illness have anything to do with length/flow?

I had the stomach flu 7/3-7/6 on 7/4 my period came on time but light only 4 days (reg. 7 days) Did the illness have anything to do with length/flow?

Could be: We do not usually draw any conclusions when the menstrual cycle is just a few days shorter than usual especially during the middle of a major illness. Track your cycles over the next 3-4 months. If you are not satisfied with your cycle control then considering seeing an obgyn to discuss options for cycle regulation ...Read more

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Could my period give me stomach flu like symptoms?

Could my period give me stomach flu like symptoms?

Sx's yes, but not: necessarily Flu like sxs. Symptoms can include pelvic/ abdominal cramping, nausea, bloating, weight gain, moodiness, irritability, pain & swelling of breasts, feeling tired, insomnia, headaches, ^ acne, food cravings, ^ appetite, swelling of hands & feet, dizziness, thinking less clearly, urinary sxs & exacerbation of chronic conditions. ...Read more

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I'm on BC so my periods are usually regular. But I had a really nasty stomach flu the last 2 days and today my period started over a week early. Why?

I'm on BC so my periods are usually regular. But I had a really nasty stomach flu the last 2 days and today my period started over a week early. Why?

Your hormones are in: .. flux because of your infection, so hang on for the ride. Irregular periods and spotting could mean you may have some hormonal imbalance that could be affected by many different factors including infection, change in dietary habits, weather or exercise. Please see a healthcare provider if this pattern persists beyond 2-3 months. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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I have the stomach flu for 3 days and i just came off my period and im highly anemic what can do to help bring my iron up?

Iron rich foods: It's best to get this evaluated by your doctor - as in 'how low' are your numbers, and therefore 'what goals' can you set to recover? I would want to see your Iron Panel and a Complete Blood Count (CBC) in your case. Iron supplements can be taken-- over the counter even. Or you can increase iron with certain foods - red meats, beans, spinach/dark green veggies, raisins, DARK chocolate, etc. ...Read more

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Had an ablation on Sept 18. I do for my period now. But instead I got the stomach flu for over 36 hours. Nobody around me is sick. Could it be rela (carisoprodol)?

Had an ablation on Sept 18. I  do for my period now. But instead I got the stomach flu for over 36 hours. Nobody around me is sick. Could it be rela (carisoprodol)?

See below: The only tie-in would be if you caught it from one of the hospital personnel. On the other hand, stomach flu should subside in less than a week. If it doesn't you should call your physician. While a bacterial infection is a theoretical complication of an ablation, it is highly unlikely ...Read more

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I have had the flu virus, pneumonia, strep throat, and now the stomach flu all within a two month period. Should I be worried that I cant get rid of t?

I have had the flu virus, pneumonia, strep throat, and now the stomach flu all within a two month period. Should I be worried that I cant get rid of t?

More history: Is this a new development? If you have had bouts of pneumonia or sinusitis regularly in the past, you need to have an immune evaluation (allergist). Otherwise you need to just wait and see if this is a recurrent pattern. The stomach "flu" may or may not related to your immune system however. ...Read more

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2 month late period for first time.No stress or STD. Had stomach flu like symptoms. Neg. urine test. Full boobs adom. Pressure.What could be wrong?

2 month late period for first time.No stress or STD. Had stomach flu like symptoms. Neg. urine test. Full boobs adom. Pressure.What could be wrong?

Late period: Reasons for missed/late periods: low body weight, obesity, marked weight ^ or v, over-exercise, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, ^ stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control) or medical problems (i.e. PCOS). #1 reason is pregnancy. ...Read more

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How long after having the stomach flu are you no longer contagious?

How long after having the stomach flu are you no longer contagious?

Varies: The oral secretions of a patient are not considered contagious after the fever has disappeared. The virus can be shed in the stool for another 4-6 wks. ...Read more

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What types of foods are safe/unsafe while having the stomach flu?

What types of foods are safe/unsafe while having the stomach flu?

Stomach Flu: Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip often to prevent dehydration. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with "stomach flu" viruses. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter Pedialyte or other ...Read more


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more