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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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I'm on my period or so I think.I'm wiping blood,but on my liner there is streak and spotting of brown.My cycle is usually normal.What could this be?

I'm on my period or so I think.I'm wiping blood,but on my liner there is streak and spotting of brown.My cycle is usually normal.What could this be?

Several things: If you are on some forms of contraception this is normal. It can also be an implantation bleed and you could be pregnant.Some medicines, illnesses, or stress can do this. Start with a pregnancy test and if it is negative check with your doctor. ...Read more

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I am having my period its really different this time! I am 4 days into my period and my blood is still very brown at a normal flow? Please help

I am having my period  its really different this time! I am 4 days into my period and my blood is still very brown at a normal flow? Please help

Older blood: No worries. Your bleeding is taking a little longer to come out. That's why it's darker. If you're not soaking through a pad an hour it's not too much. ...Read more

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When i'm on my period, the blood that comes out is a dark red to a dark brown color and smells very bad. Is this normal?

When i'm on my period, the blood that comes out is a dark red to a dark brown color and smells very bad. Is this normal?

Likely no problem.: Along the course of your period every month, usually there are changes in the color, consistency, amount and odor of fluid passed. If the odor continues to be strong or is associated with burning or itching sensation, you might have a vaginal infection. Call your doctor in a couple of days if it has not resolved. Breathe deeply and know you are O.K.:). ...Read more

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I'm on my period but it's extremely light. It started off with brown blood that looked black and when I wipe it's red and brown. No clots. Tips?

I'm on my period but it's extremely light. It started off with brown blood that looked black and when I wipe it's red and brown. No clots. Tips?

Can be normal: Period blood can vary. Dark or brown discharge is typically older blood. This can occur if the lining of the uterus was not as thick when it sloughed off. Hormonal variations or problems along with birth control can cause this. If it continues to happen. then discuss with a gynecologist. ...Read more

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So my ovaries hurt while I'm on my period and sometimes a week or so after my period spots of brown stuff I'm guessing blood shows up when I wipe. What could this be?

So my ovaries hurt while I'm on my period and sometimes a week or so after my period spots of brown stuff  I'm guessing blood shows up when I wipe. What could this be?

Menstrual cramping: usually caused by female hormone fluctuations. If you are not allergic use Aleve (naproxen) or Advil for pain and cramping. The brown discharge is most likely old menstrual blood; however if you are having unprotected sex, I suggest a pelvic exam and culture of the discharge to rule out infection. ...Read more

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I got what seemed like my period then passed a huge flat tissue like thing, then was bleeding off and on and two days later my blood is brown.

I got what seemed like my period then passed a huge flat tissue like thing, then was bleeding off and on and two days later my blood is brown.

Uterine bleeding: HollyX877 ~ this is not an unusual symptom. The "tissue thing" you passed is more than likely the endometrial lining and it can occur after a period of prolonged no bleeding, then a HEAVY period and shedding a lush endo.lining! If the bleeding does not stop please see an OBGYN for help thanks. bleeding and spotting brown blood is not abnormal after period ...Read more

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I'm on my period i am getting bad cramps im not on heavy but I'm getting brownish red blood?

Many options: There are multiple options for painful periods. Hormonal treatments such as birth control pills, Progesterone treatments and the Mirena/Skyla iud are effective reversible treatments that will help many people. There is also a drug called Lysteda that contains no hormones which will help others. Many find Ibuprofen helpful. The color of menstrual blood is not typically important ...Read more

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I've been on Minastrin 24 birth control for 3 months. I'm on my period now, but it's dark brown and very stringy instead of normal blood. Why is this?

I've been on Minastrin 24 birth control for 3 months. I'm on my period now, but it's dark brown and very stringy instead of normal blood. Why is this?

Minastrin: as the iron in blood oxidizes the color goes from bright red to dark red to brown. Think about when you have a cut, the brown is the scab that covers the wound. Because your flow is lighter, the transit time through your vagina is longer and gives the blood a chance to oxidize and therefore become brown. ...Read more

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Menstrual Period (Definition)

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