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Menstruation (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 used to have a very regular menstrual cycle. But that changed. I no longer have regular periods. I will go up to 3months w/out one? Im only 19?

 I used to have a very regular menstrual cycle. But that changed. I no longer have regular periods. I will go up to 3months w/out one? Im only 19?

Irregular periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test . There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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Menstrual cycle normally 28 days even after childbirth in june it went back to normal however for the last 3 months my cycle has been up to 35 days long and periods slightly shorter, why could this b?

Menstrual cycle normally 28 days even after childbirth in june it went back to normal however for the last 3 months my cycle has been up to 35 days long  and periods slightly shorter, why could this b?

Good question!: Could be many things, dysfunctional bleeding needs to be evaluated. Hormones, incomplete shedding of the lining of the uterus, ectopic pregnancy, fibroids, overgrowth of the lining... The list is quite long, and you should be seen. Good luck! ...Read more

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My menstrual cycle hasn't come for 3 months. It's never been normal, but not this bad. Plus, I have heavy and long periods and cramps. What's wrong?

My menstrual cycle hasn't come for 3 months. It's never been normal, but not this bad. Plus, I have heavy and long periods and cramps. What's wrong?

Irregular periods: You have dysfunctional uterine bleeding most likely. May need to check some hormone level and start medications to regulate this. See your physician to start the process. ...Read more

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I have a very long menstrual cycle and short periods, is this a problem when I want to get pregnant?

I have a very long menstrual cycle and short periods, is this a problem when I want to get pregnant?

Yes: It may indicate an underlying problem with the ovaries or the hormones produced. It may actually indicate that the ovaries are not producing as many eggs which in turn leads to lower hormone values. Or it may represent something else entirely. But better to have evaluated now to know exactly what is going on and how it could affect fertility. ...Read more

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Why is a menstrual cycle called a period?

Why is a menstrual cycle called a period?

Occurs monthly: Colloquialisms are odd. Since menses occur about every 28 days in human females, there is a periodicity to them. It's an older term meaning regularly occurring. So one gets a period means its that time of the month for the periodic shedding of endometrial tissue absent a fetal implantation. ...Read more

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My period keeps coming every 11 days after the last menstrual cycle?

My period keeps coming every 11 days after the last menstrual  cycle?

Too often: This frequency is too often and may cause eventual anemia and other medical issues to occur. See the gyn specialist and have your irregular periods evaluated and treated, best wishes. ...Read more

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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


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