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Hi! I had my Paraguard inserted in April and I've been having some trouble this menstrual cycle. My period is a dark brown color and has a strong odor?

Hi! I had my Paraguard inserted in April and I've been having some trouble this menstrual cycle. My period is a dark brown color and has a strong odor?

Do not worry: dark brown blood does not mean any abnormality slow bleeding and blood staying in vagina before coming out makes it dark odor is usually from urine staying causing wetness washing after urination can eliminate that problem to rule out vaginal infection ...Read more

Menstruation (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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Why am i experiencing lower back pain 2 days after my menstrual cycle? My period was also lighter than normal. And started of as a dark brown flow

Why am i experiencing lower back pain 2 days after my menstrual cycle? My period was also lighter than normal. And started of as a dark brown flow

Referred pain: At your age, and from your symptoms, the pain is probably related to your period. The body refers the pain from an internal organ to the musculoskeletal system. Just like when a heart attack victim has arm or jaw pain. If it persists, talk to your ob/gyn. ...Read more

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Why would it be that my period is really dark on the first two days of my menstrual cycle?

Why would it be that my period is really dark on the first two days of my menstrual cycle?

Dark blood: Dark, thick blood can be older blood (mixed in with tissue) that is being sloughed. ...Read more

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What to do if I have brown spotting on 1st day of menstrual cycle but after that no period?

It varies: There is great variation in the amount of bleeding experienced by women when they are having their periods. If 1 day of spotting is typical for you, then that's great for you (and not necessarily abnormal). If you are concerned, see your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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I'm 20 years old. My menstrual cycle lasts b/w 35 to 45 days. My last period was very light. Now 2 weeks later I've brown spotting. Is it normal?

I'm 20 years old. My menstrual cycle lasts b/w 35 to 45 days. My last period was very light. Now 2 weeks later I've brown spotting. Is it normal?

Probably just fine: Most women will occasionally experience irregular cycles, unscheduled spotting/ bleeding, and/ or heavier/ lighter flows. One's cycle, at times, can be affected by medications, stress, weight, other hormone issues ( thyroid , for ex. ), cysts, pregnancy - to name a few. If your pattern persists, consider discussing it with your Dr. . Consider taking an otc urine pregnancy test. Good luck. ...Read more

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Taking marvelon for 2+ years without any changes in menstrual cycle. For the past four months my period consisted of brown blood only. 5 Neg HPT?

Taking marvelon for 2+ years without any changes in menstrual cycle. For the past four months my period consisted of brown blood only. 5 Neg HPT?

Probably ok: I assume you are asking about why your periods have changed. After OCPs have been consumed for a while, many people will experience decreased bleeding due to less uterine endometrium (lining tissue) being formed during the rest of the cycle. This change is caused by the OCP. Pregnancy, hypothyroidism, menopause and polycystic ovaries are other common causes for this change. ...Read more

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Menstrual Cycle, discharged a clump of some kind of fleshy looking very dark red enough to fill the palm of my hand tubal lig. June, this is 2 period?

Menstrual Cycle, discharged a clump of some kind of fleshy looking very dark red enough to fill the palm of my hand tubal lig. June, this is 2 period?

Old clot, no worry: If during a period, some of the discharge is not passed, it will begin to form fibrin in the clot, which looks more like other body tissues at first glance. It also holds the clot together, so when it passes from the uterus, it is larger and holds together more than fresher clots. Floating the clot in water and teasing it apart will separate the stringy white fibrin from the blood. ...Read more

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I'm 5 days due my menstrual cycle.Cramps but no periods yet.I did home pregnancy test today. 1 dark pink 1 faint pink line appeared. Am i pregnant?

Trust the test: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctor's office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...Read more

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Why is a menstrual cycle called a period?

Why is a menstrual cycle called a period?

Occurs monthly: Colloquialisms are odd. Since menses occur about every 28 days in human females, there is a periodicity to them. It's an older term meaning regularly occurring. So one gets a period means its that time of the month for the periodic shedding of endometrial tissue absent a fetal implantation. ...Read more

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


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