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Do migraines and heavy periods have any connection?

Do migraines and heavy periods have any connection?

Possible: Both menstrual migraine and menstrually related migraines do occur and not unique to find success from meds used as preventatives such as topirimate or depakote. A triptans Frova (frovatriptan) can both stop and prevent ha's. Discuss these approaches with your doctor. ...Read more

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Hypermenorrhea (Definition)

Hypermenorrhea is menstrual flow that is heavy. About 1 in 20 women have heavy flow. If you need to change a pad or tampon every 2 hours or more or have gushing or soak into your clothes frequently you have hypermenorrhea. See a doctor. ...Read more


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I don't think my migraines are hormonal I have Mirena (levonorgestrel) no probs for years. Could anything else cause increase in severity/frequency suddenly?

I don't think my migraines are hormonal I have Mirena (levonorgestrel) no probs for years. Could anything else cause increase in severity/frequency suddenly?

YES: Many things can contribute to worsening or new headaches. Since you say the increase was sudden, you definitely need to be seen soon to rule out more serious causes and perhaps change your medicine. ...Read more

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I haven't needed any pads too light small cramps I do have a history of pcos and horemone problems don't know what to think of my irregular period?

Regulate: F you are having irregular periods, you need cycle regulation. With PCOS, you don't ovulate, so you don't make progesterone. Progesterone protects the lining of the uterus from cancer. With PCOS, your risk is increased, you need hormone regulation. The easiest way is with OCPs. If you are a smoker, OCPs are contraindicated after 35 yrs old, so you can be given cyclic progestin. ...Read more

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Am having heavy periods and am passing clots. Severe back pain.Diagnosed with PCOS. Will there be any other problem?

Am having heavy periods and am passing clots. Severe back pain.Diagnosed with PCOS. Will there be any other problem?

YES.: The most immediate problem associated with heavy vaginal bleeding is iron-deficiency anemia. If not done already, a blood count, iron levels and thyroid hormone should be checked. Women with PCOS have a higher than average risk of Type II diabetes, infertility and certain metabolic problems. For more information, check out >mayoclinic.org/diseasesandconditions ...Read more

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I am experiencing clotting, bleeding, cramping, and headaches between periods. I have an IUD and have had this before. Can you offer any advice?

I am experiencing clotting, bleeding, cramping, and headaches between periods. I have an IUD and have had this before. Can you offer any advice?

IUCD and bleeding: IUCD can cause intermenstrual bleeding and cramping . You can try mefenamic acid. if that doesn't help you can go on the contraceptive pill. swabs should be done to rule out infection. Please see your GP . ...Read more

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I have periods that last 3 weeks with heavy bleeding. Severe pain during intercourse and ovarian cysts. Any ideas? I can't take hormones.

I have periods that last 3 weeks with heavy bleeding. Severe pain during intercourse and ovarian cysts. Any ideas? I can't take hormones.

Need to see your doc: Periods longer than a week need evaluation by your gynecologist, as well as pain during intercourse. Could be a female gynecologic disorder. ...Read more

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What to do if I have constant pelvic pain with bleeding everyday not heavy just light.?

See the gyn: that is not normal and you need to have an examination and some lab test for anemia, thyroid problems and hormone levels. See GYN ASAP! ...Read more

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Do I have pmdd? I have periods of tiredness, yet insomnia, severe pain, and headaches, loneliness, anxiety, no energy, and difficulty going to school and work before my period. I get depressed. But I do not have depression on a daily basis other than then

Do I have pmdd? I have periods of tiredness, yet insomnia, severe pain, and headaches, loneliness, anxiety, no energy, and difficulty going to school and work before my period. I get depressed. But I do not have depression on a daily basis other than then

Possibly: Your description sounds like PMDD is possible. However, there are other menstrual & endocrine conditions that could also cause these symptoms, but require different treatment. I would speak with your gynecologist or primary care doc about your symptoms. Keeping a mood diary for a month or two, documenting when you have your symptoms and your period, would also help get the right diagnosis ...Read more

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What to do if I'm 20, I rarely ever have periods and now I have anxiety (among other problems). help?

What to do if I'm 20, I rarely ever have periods and now I have anxiety (among other problems). help?

Stress management...: There are some simple stress management techniques that you can learn quickly, but i would also encourage you to get into psychotherapy & start talking about what is making you anxious. Depending on why U R not getting your period you should also see your primary care physician to make sure there is nothing wrong physically. Let me know if you need additional help. ...Read more

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Been bleeding for 25 days I have pcod headaches vomiting cramps heavy flow no insurance not sire what to do?

Been bleeding for 25 days I have pcod headaches  vomiting cramps heavy flow no insurance not sire what to do?

Get insurance now.: Pcos is a chronic condition and requires follow up with a gyn or primary care doctor over the course of months if not years. You have a hormonal imbalance that has multiple contributing factors. In the short term, you can control your heavy bleeding with birth control pills, but you should be evaluated to see what the source of your pcos is, possibly diet/weight/exercise. ...Read more

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Can diverticulitis have any cause to do with severe menstral cramps and missed periods?

Can diverticulitis have any cause to do with severe menstral cramps and missed periods?

An acute bout: of diverticulitis could lead to menstrual irregularities like a missed period but isn't likely to be a significant cause of more severe menstrual cramps; it could lead to severe abdominal pain independent of your menstrual cycle ...Read more

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Due to weight I dont have regular periods- for past 3 months getting light vaginal bleeding most days, no other problems, what could this mean?

Due to weight I dont have regular periods- for past 3 months getting light vaginal bleeding most days, no other problems, what could this mean?

Periods & weight: Patients who are markedly obese will have period irregularities including what you are experiencing. Moreover, the risk of endometrial hyperplasia and cancer is increased without weight reduction or the use of progesterone Rx to counteract the excess estrogen produced in the peripheral fat. Go see a GYN MD for evaluation and Rx until a serious weight reduction program is instituted. ...Read more

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I can't absorb iron with no obvious reason. I have had upper, middle, and lower endoscope, no heavy periods and tested for celiac..All negative..Help?

I can't absorb iron with no obvious reason.  I have had upper, middle, and lower endoscope, no heavy periods and tested for celiac..All negative..Help?

Other considerations: Should be your medications and their interactions with fe absorption. One class which is coming under scrutiny for its interference with micronutrient absorption is proton pump inhibitors. ...Read more

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Hi, I have terrible cramps and headache during my periods or pms. It's too bad I can't eat or do light work. What can I do to change this?

Hi, I have terrible cramps and headache during my periods or pms. It's too bad I can't eat or do light work. What can I do to change this?

Reduce symptoms: Dysmenorrhea Tx: NSAID’s, SSRI’s, hormone meds, OTC meds containing diuretics, warm bath, heating pad, exercise & acupuncture are excellent for dysmenorrhea. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol & salt. Get GYN eval to R/O underlying pathology. Consider omega- 3 fatty acids, magnesium (supplementation or through diet) or Black Cohosh with dr ok. Sipping Chamomile can dissipate pain. ...Read more

Dr. Bryan Treacy
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Heavy Bleeding (Definition)

Usually described by physicians as having to change a pad more than every 1-2 hours, passing large clots, change from your previous pattern, needing overnight protection, ...Read more


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Migraine (Definition)

A type of headache that is associated with throbbing localized pain and usually causes light ...Read more