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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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How long is the average incubation period for the flu?

...: The incubation period for the flu is between 1-4 days. This means that people can pass along the flu to others before they even know they are sick, as well spread the flu to others for 5-7 days after becoming sick. Washing your hands often and getting the flu vaccine are ways you can protect yourself from the flu. ...Read more

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Exposed to someone with the flu 4 days ago. How long is incubation period? Are we in the clear?

Exposed to someone with the flu 4 days ago. How long is incubation period? Are we in the clear?

A few days: The typical incubation period for influenza is 1-4 days (average: 2 days). Adults can be infectious from 1 day before onset of symptoms to 5-7 days after illness onset. Influenza is more infectious in children than adults. ...Read more

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Will the flu shot start your period?

Will the flu shot start your period?

No it will not: Flu vaccine has no effect on your periods and it will not start your periods. ...Read more

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Can the flu cause my period to be late?

Can the flu cause my period to be late?

Yes but: If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. Do this before you assume it's anything else ...Read more

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I am a week and three days late for my period. Had fever for two days and had the flu around the week of missed period. About four days after my last period I spotted for a week and in between those four days I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend. I t

I am a week and three days late for my period. Had fever for two days and had the flu around the week of missed period. About four days after my last period I spotted for a week and in between those four days I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend. I t

Relax: Physical illness can cause you to miss your period, followed by spotting. If it has been at least two weeks since you had unprotected sex, then a urine pregnancy test should be accurate. If it is negative, relax and see your clinician to start an effective method of contraception.

Take Care! ...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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Does a bad case of the flu make your period late?

Does a bad case of the flu make your period late?

That is possible.: 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 (polycystic ovary syndrome or asherman’s syndrome). #1 reason is pregnancy. ...Read more

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Why do I feel like I'm getting the flu a few days before my period. I am 40?

Why do I feel like I'm getting the flu a few days before my period. I am 40?

PMS probabally: Many women experience various symptoms 1-2 weeks before their period. Keep a diary of your symptoms and see your physician. ...Read more

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Any tips on how to feel better? I started my period and it feels like I got the flu at the same time?

Any tips on how to feel better? I started my period and it feels like I got the flu at the same time?

Anti-inflammatories: The pain of menstrual cramps and the body aches from flu can both be improved with over the counter anti-inflammatory medications such as advil, Motrin (ibuprofen) or aleve (naproxen). Don't take them if you're allergic to them, you might be pregnant, or if you have ulcers, and always eat with them. See your doctor if you develop fever or if the meds don't help. ...Read more

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I just got over the flu yesterday and got my period last night but it's brown with a little red. Is that normal?

I just got over the flu yesterday and got my period last night but it's brown with a little red. Is that normal?

Depends: On your normal cycle. Illness can affect your flow and you are describing old and new menstrual blood mixed with vaginal mucous; however, if sexually active, get a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Why do I feel like I have the flu when I get my period? Feel hot, Nauseous, And just generally unwell. Any way to combat the symptoms?

Why do I feel like I have the flu when I get my period? Feel hot, Nauseous, And just generally unwell. Any way to combat the symptoms?

Supportive treatment: Menstrual symptoms definitely include flu like symptoms. The symptoms may be due to leukotrienes released at the time of your period which are important in the body's inflamatory response.
Treatment is good living! Healthy food, liberal fluids and tylenol (acetaminophen) one or two four times a day until symptoms relieve. ...Read more

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What should I do to feel better if I have a urinary infection, my period and the flu?

What should I do to feel better if I have a urinary infection, my period and the flu?

Ouch!!: Urinary Tract infection needs to be treated with antibiotics (physician prescribes). If you have the Flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID’s. Rest A LOT! In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of > ...Read more

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Could heavy stress and illness, like the flu cause my period to be lighter? Never had sex before

Could heavy stress and illness, like the flu cause my period to be lighter? Never had sex before

Stress: Stress-physical or emotional-can cause changes in the menstrual cycle. Illness, weight change, emotional upsets are among the stressors. If you have had sex, get a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Whenever I have my period I get the flu? Why? Is the immunity becomes low during the menstruation?

Prob not flu: It is not likely you are getting the flu since influenza is a seasonal virus transmitted from one person to another. Maybe you are experiencing PMS or PMDD. Consider keeping a menstrual calendar of your symptoms and seeing an Obgyn to go over the results. There are options to manage PMS. ...Read more

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I was supppse to start my period 8 days ago, I got the the flu 3 days ago. Last month I had sex and the condom tore but we did not continue?

I was supppse to start my period 8 days ago, I got the the flu 3 days ago. Last month I had sex and the condom tore but we did not continue?

Yes it is possible: A torn condom that leaked even just a little can result in pregnancy. You may also be late for other reasons. Home pregnancy tests are cheep but are often falsely negative early in a pregnancy. I'd just try to get over your flu and test later. ...Read more

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I last had sex on 29/2/16 then had my period on 12/3/16for 5 days. I then had the flu starting the 17/3/16 I'm now 4 days late. Could I be pregnant?

I last had sex on 29/2/16 then had my period on 12/3/16for 5 days. I then had the flu starting the 17/3/16 I'm now 4 days late. Could I be pregnant?

Yes: Unplanned unprotected sex with missed period requires that pregnancy be ruled out. To give yourself some reassurance, take a home pregnancy test. it can provide much sought after relief.
Best wishes
Dr. M ...Read more

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I just got done peeing to see a tiny black worm swimming in my toilet? I'm a 16 year old female. I recently got over the flu and my period if that hel

I just got done peeing to see a tiny black worm swimming in my toilet? I'm a 16 year old female. I recently got over the flu and my period if that hel

Sharing the toilet: It's ok, but frightening, to share a toilet with a worm, as long as the worm was already there. However, if one believes the worm just came out of her body, she should try to capture the worm. A patient's primary care doctor can order a "worm ID" or "parasite ID" test, and the patient can drop the worm off at the lab that received the doctor's order. Hopefully, the worm was from somewhere else. ...Read more

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I had the flu yesterday and my period was 3 days late but got it last night while I was sleeping and its brown in color with very little red. Pregnant?

Probably not, but...: If worried, can test. A urine pregnancy test done correctly gives a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have happened). If done sooner, a positive result is likely real, but a negative result may be due to testing too soon, and therefore lead to a repeat test. Otherwise, if a woman gets her next NORMAL regular period, then she is not pregnant. ...Read more

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I am a week late for my period I had the flu a week prior for a whole week I have taken tons of pregnant test all negitive no cramp no tendernous!

I am a week late for my period I had the flu a week prior for a whole week I have taken tons of pregnant test all negitive no cramp no tendernous!

See your doctor: Several possibilities, including pregnancy problems such as a tubal/ectopic (out of place) pregnancy than could be serious. Might also be other problems such as hormonal imbalance (even polycystic ovarian syndrome--pcos). Best to check it out. ...Read more

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I have cramps, watery discharge, and frequent urination, no period for 2 months, and I'm starting to feel like I have the flu.?

I have cramps, watery discharge, and frequent urination, no period for 2 months, and I'm starting to feel like I have the flu.?

STD? PID? UTI?: These symptoms overlap between those expected for certain STDs (e.g. gonorrhea, chlamydia), pelvic inflammatory disease (PID, fallopian tube infection, usually a complication of STD), and urinary tract infection. Flu-like symptoms could mean infection is spreading internally. See a doctor ASAP; do it immediately if you have fever as well. ...Read more

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Two weeks before my period, having horrible back pain, vomitting, dizzy, and headaches could I be pregnant? Or the flu?

Two weeks before my period, having horrible back pain, vomitting, dizzy, and headaches could I be pregnant? Or the flu?

See below.: Usually if there is cramping related to pregnancy it is mild. Classic pregnancy symptoms don't occur until you actually miss your period. So, if you haven't missed your period - it isn't likely to be pregnancy. ...Read more

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I've been going through testing to see if I have breast cancer and I've been really stressed and just got over the flu. Could this cause a late period?

I've been going through testing to see if I have breast cancer and I've been really stressed and just got over the flu. Could this cause a late period?

Yes, stress can: Menses can be delayed if you are going through an intense period of stress. But the delay is no more than a few days. So if you do not have menses over a period longer than 2-3 weeks, you should seek consultation with a gynecologist to find the cause. ...Read more

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Menstrual Period (Definition)

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