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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 should I prepare my daughter for her first period?

How should I prepare my daughter for her first period?

Talk/read: Talk openly with her about what to expect. The american girl book about puberty is also an excellent resource. ...Read more

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Weird discharge during daughter's first period. Should i be worried?

Weird discharge during daughter's first period. Should i be worried?

Depends: It is hard to give you a clear answer without knowing what color her discharge is or the amount of it. I would talk to her doctor about your concerns. ...Read more

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How long does spotting occur before a first period in a pubertal teen?

How long does spotting occur before a first period in a pubertal teen?

Hard to say: Even teens are individuals, with individual patterns. If really concerned, chat with her pediatrician. Do you 2 have tea & chat often? That's nice. ...Read more

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What do I do to prepare my daughter for her first period in case it happens at school?

What do I do to prepare my daughter for her first period in case it happens at school?

Chat: You know, the talk you wished your mom had with you. And comfort her. And let her choose what will make her most comfortable. End with that loving hug you have in you. I'm proud of you. Oh, answer all her questions in a motherly way. You know, girl to girl;no fancy big obscuring terms. Now, off with you. ...Read more

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My 15 year old daughter had her first period 3 months ago and hasn't had one since. Should i be concerned?

My 15 year old daughter had her first period 3 months ago and hasn't had one since. Should i be concerned?

Common finding: During the first year after menses, ovulation is not occurring on a regular basis and delays up to 90 days or so are not uncommon. Once ovulation becomes more regular after the first yr, cycles are more predictable.If the girl is a bit overweight and has more body hair than expected, you may be dealing with polycystic ovaries that often yield irregular cycles. A visit with your doc can help. ...Read more

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My 12 year old daughter got her first period about 2 months ago and has not had one since, is this normal?

My 12 year old daughter got her first period about 2 months ago and has not had one since, is this normal?

Depends on variables: For the first year or so after starting, girls may not ovulate & if so, their cycles my be irregular. After a year or so, a pattern develops, but this may vary from the monthly pattern most describe. There are other variables but these are the ones you need to discuss with your doc. ...Read more

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Autistic 14 y o daughter had her first period ever last month has not had one this month thus far. Is this normal?

Autistic 14 y o daughter had her first period ever last month  has not had one this month thus far. Is this normal?

Can be normal: Missed cycles when a girl enters menarche is nothing to be worried about. Some girls take a while to lock in to a groove when they get started. If there's any chance she could've been sexually active then, you'll need to get a pregnancy test on her. If that's not the case just be patient. She's either late or just missing 1 cycle to get rolling. If misses again then, consider getting her seen. ...Read more

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My daughter got her first period 1/1/16. She was 12 and 11 months old. She had her second period 2/5/16. Nothing since then.

My daughter got her first period  1/1/16. She was 12 and 11 months old. She had her second period 2/5/16. Nothing since then.

It happens: Women seldom ovulate during their first year of menses and that leaves estrogen to drive the pattern.Irregularity is common with variations from 2 wks to 90 days in some. When there is a delay, the next cycle is often heavier. When it goes past 90 days some suggest an evaluation to verify the system and work on a treatment that could bring more predictability. ...Read more

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I had an abortion and have seen my first period but now 16 days later I'm spotting .. is this the beginning of my second period ?? ..

I had an abortion and have seen my first period but now 16 days later I'm spotting .. is this the beginning of my second period ?? ..

Maybe: It's difficult to say. Maybe the first period was really just spotting after the abortion and this is your real period. Sometimes it can take a few cycles after abortion/miscarriage for regular cycle to occur. So long as using birth control if you don't want to be pregnant you should be okay. Give your body time to heal and adjust. If after 2-3 months still irregular then see a doctor. ...Read more

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Spotting (Definition)

Spotting (vaginal spotting) is a symptom in which a woman has light bleeding from the vagina between menstrual cycles. Spotting is usually very light and may be just a ...Read more