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Do Some Women Get A Swollen Face Before Their Periods
Why do some women have excessive body and facial hair? I also will go months sometimes without a period.
Possible PCOS.: Some women suffer from a condition called pcos or polycystic ovarian syndrome which is a spectrum of issues from excessive body and facial hair to menstrual irregularity to truncal obesity and even Insulin resistance. Get checked out by your gynecologist so that tests can be run to ensure that medication is not called for. ...Read more
Why do some women who had acne in their teens never get it after they have an abortion or after a delivery?
Why do some women with PCOS get frequent heavy periods while others only get scanty ones if they ever do, and which is preferable of the two?
Preferable: Sorry but "preferable" doesn't have much control. ...Read more
I see women asking how to delay their periods for a week. What did women do before the age of hormone pills, if their periods came on wedding days?
Nothing: Menses are a normal female condition and often associated with painful cramps, which are normal also. Unfortunately, this phenomenon has been used, over the centuries, to stigmatize and shame women. I believe that disrespect and inattention that women often receive when they complain of any pain is associated with these cultural stigmatizations. ...Read more
Yes: In medical school, they taught us the risk factors for gall stones are "fat, female, fertile, and forty." that said, some women have gall bladders removed before they have a baby, and many women never have their gall bladders removed. ...Read more
Why do some women still get their periods even if they are pregnant? Like my friend's auntie for example.
Why do some women get pregnant when they have sex during infertile days or right after having their period?
Fertility: Remember sperm live for up to five days after ejaculation in the female. So, these days leading up to fertility can also cause pregnancy. The reality is that it all depends on the length of the cycle and when a woman truly ovulates. Ovulation and the five days can put fertility to be that week following the menstrual period in some women. ...Read more
Why do some women feel cramps before & during their periods while some don't? A detailed answer would be appreciated
Maybe not detailed!: Some women produce more prostaglandins and thomboxanes that causes cramping. Others do not. This is why nsaids like aleve (naproxen) will help. Neural factors, relating to the drop in estrogen immediately before a period, influence levels of serotonin, also a factor in cramping. This is why low dose ssris have benefit. So it is the differences in body chemistry that causes this disparity! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variety: Variety is the spice of life, they say. If i knew the answer to that question, i'd probably get a nobel prize. ...Read more
No: There is no relationship to the periods. ...Read more
I read that some excess hair on toes is a sign of PCoS. I have never missed a period, though they do move round from time to time. Is pcos likely ?
2-3 months: We consider cycles normal if they come roughly every month and aren't too heavy or crampy and no bleeding in between. Cycles in healthy women can be as close as 21 days and as infrequent as every 2-3 months. If you period is unusually late, you should consider pregnancy if that's a possibility and hormonal issues and be checked by a gyn. ...Read more
Possible theory: Estrogen levels are high in pregnancy and estrogen appears to inhibit a chemical called monoamine oxidase. Monoamine oxidase normally breaks down serotonin, Dopamine and norepinephrine. After delivery, estrogen levels rapidly decrease, increasing the activity of monoamine oxidase which in turn leads to more rapid breakdown of serotonin, etc. Postpartum depression is serious and needs treatment. ...Read more
Be prepared: I don't know statistics on the actual frequency, but the best plan is to make sure you are prepared. Ask your mom when she got her first period- you will likely start close to the same age. Keep some pads and an extra set of underwear and pants or a skirt at school. If you feel you are close to starting (a clear white discharge often appears about 6 months prior) wear pantiliners for protection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Body habitus...: There are a lot of reasons. The baby bump forms when there is not enough room in the abdomen for the pregnant uterus without expanding the belly. Some women are taller or less petite and have more space. Others have smaller babies. The combination of a small baby and a stoutly built women results in a small baby bump. The bump forms faster if you've been pregnant before. Best wishes! ...Read more
Why do you get hair (some are dark brown) between breast and on breast? Get more when closer to cycle . Is it bad if i tweeze and get them out ?
OK to tweeze: Hair growth on or around breasts is common, often hormonally related. You can tweeze if you want - no problem. ...Read more
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