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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?

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

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Im having a really bad smell coming from my menstrual blood . I regularly change the pad and wash but the blood still smells . What could be the cause?

Im having a really bad smell coming from my menstrual blood . I regularly change the pad and wash but the blood still smells . What could be the cause?

Sounds like BV: Sounds more like bacterial vaginosis. This is an overgrowth of normal vaginal bacterial and leads to a fishy odor. It is treatable with antibiotics. Schedule a visit for confirmation, testing and treatment. ...Read more

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Should i go to emergancy room for this? I have been menstrual bleeding for months now and the last two days it has been really bad, I have been bleeding threw overnight pads and tampons that hold the most, every 1 to 2 hours and sometimes going threw my c

Should i go to emergancy room for this? I have been menstrual bleeding for months now and the last two days it has been really bad, I have been bleeding threw overnight pads and tampons that hold the most, every 1 to 2 hours and sometimes going threw my c

Make : Make an appointment to see your doctor urgently. If you can not get in, go to an urgent care or an emergency room. If the bleeding is accompanied by dizziness, weakness and fatigue you may be losing too much blood and be suffering from anemia. It is crucial you get assessed. Your doctors treatment plan may include hormone therapy (such as the birth control pill) to help regulate your cycle. Also, in extreme cases, some doctors have reocmmended a Mirena (levonorgestrel) intrauterine device, as the hormone in this device is known to remedy heavy bleeding. ...Read more

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Why do I cramp so bad during my menstrual?

Pelvic girdle laxity: One reason loose ligaments of pelvis. Women with joint hypermobility syndrome (jhs) have. If can touch thumb back & down to your wrist & with locked knees touch both palms to the floor, you likely have this variant of ligament (gristle in lay terms) tautness. Jhs found predominantly in women. As children could back bridge & put feet behind neck. Jhs makes for easy childbirth & painful periods. ...Read more

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Bad headaches during menstrual cycles. What can this be?

Bad headaches during menstrual cycles. What can this be?

Menstrual migraine: Compared to other migraine attacks, menstrual migraines are more severe and last longer, and are more resistant to standard acute and prophylactic management. Associated symptoms of menstrual migraine include depression or irritability, fatigue, bloating and breast tenderness. Rec. see orofacial pain or headache specialist, . ...Read more

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How do I relieve bad menstrual cramps?.

How do I relieve bad menstrual cramps?.

NSAIDs: Over the counter medicines called nsaids, like Ibuprofen (brand name - Motrin or advil) or naprosyn (brand name aleve) are very effective. If cramps are still interfering with your daily activities, you may want to consider birth control pills or a Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud. If you are still not getting relief, then you should have an us to make sure you don't have fibroids, endometriosis, or adenomyosis. ...Read more

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Pain relievers no longer working for my menstrual cramps?

Pain relievers no longer working for my menstrual cramps?

See doctor: See your doctor and discuss this. There are many reasons including tolerance and disease progression. ...Read more

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Hi I had my menstrual two weeks ago and now I'm bleeding again and I have bad cramps? What does this mean

Hi I had my menstrual two weeks ago and now I'm bleeding again and I have bad cramps? What does this mean

Intermenstrual bleed: It is not uncommon for women with normal menstrual cycles to have an episode of either bleeding between cycles, missed period, or heavier period than normal. These episodes are due to sudden hormonal changes, possibly due to recent illness, stress, weight changes, certain meds, living with other menstruating women, or pregnancy. If ur at risk for pregnancy get tested. If recurs, get evaluated. ...Read more

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The past two months my menstrual cycle changed, from being about 30-32 days long to 20-21days long? Is this bad?

The past two months my menstrual cycle changed, from being about 30-32 days long to 20-21days long? Is this bad?

Probably not: Most women have cycles that remain about the same, but the cycles can change over time. The normal cycle length varies from about 21 to about 36 days - it sounds like you are within that range so you probably do not need to worry. ...Read more

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