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Is working out on your menstrual cycle bad for you?

Is working out on your menstrual cycle bad for you?

No: In general, it is ok to work out during your menstrual cycle. However if you are an elite athlete, if you are asking in the context of exercise induced amenorrhea (lack of monthly periods), you may want to talk to your ob/gyn. ...Read more

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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


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Incredibly bad menstrual cramps?

Dysmenorrhea: Try 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

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What to do if I have bad menstrual cramps..?

What to do:: 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

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Why does menstrual blood smell so bad?

Why does menstrual blood smell so bad?

It shouldn't be..: There is always some/slight odor to the menstrual blood, but foul odor suggests a possibility of infection--vaginitis/vaginosis. A retained tampon is often the course of very foul odor even without menstrual flow. If you have pain as well, then more severe infection such as endometritis/pelvic inflammatory disease etc..Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do you ever grow out of having really bad cramps or menstrual symptoms?

Do you ever grow out of having really bad cramps or menstrual symptoms?

Yes, it can: Can get better after childbirth or menopause. Sounds like you have dysmenorrhea. Just painful periods. You can take Ibuprofen 800 mg every 6 hours starting 24 hours before your period. Naproxen 500 mg every 8 hours also helps. Depending on your age oral contraceptive pills can lighten the period and ease the pain. Also, the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud can lessen the period and the pain. Talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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What cause black menstrual blood with odor. Really bad odor like something is dead?

What cause black menstrual blood with odor. Really bad odor like something is dead?

Oxidation: If you cut your finger cooking at first bleeding would be bright red. As the iron in blood oxidizes it becomes dark red then forms a brown scab as it oxidizes further. The same holds true for vaginal bleeding. The blood oxidizes during transit from the cervix to outside. It gets darker, then brownish black during this transit depending on how long it takes. It oxidizes. Hence, too, the odor. ...Read more

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My menstrual has always been heavy and last about 4 days along with bad cramps. It lasted 1 and a half days and now its off. Help!?

My menstrual has always been heavy and last about 4 days along with bad cramps. It lasted 1 and a half days and now its off. Help!?

Pregnancy Test: The first thing to do anytime your cycle is other than usual, check a pregnancy test. If that's negative, there are a lot of different possible causes for a slightly erratic cycle. ...Read more

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I have had 2 menstrual cycles in 3 years.Currently I've bled a month an still going. I am 20 years old. Is that bad and please explain.

I have had 2 menstrual cycles in 3 years.Currently I've bled a month an still going. I am 20 years old. Is that bad and please explain.

Anovulatory cycles: Two periods in 3 years and a period lasting 1 month sounds like anovulatory cycles which can have many causes such as thyroid disease, insulin resistance/diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome, adrenal disorders, and pituitary tumors. These can be very serious so you need to see your primary care provider or gynecologist to look into this. Best wishes. Hope this helps. ...Read more