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Menstrual Cycle Flow Chart
Yes, that is normal: Occasionally teenagers will have a light flow of blood midcycle. These are due to hormonal surges. There is nothing to worry about. ...Read more
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
Why would I start my menstrual cycle on time with regular flow for one day and then the following day just stop? No spotting, nothing
What your normal?: When patients have abnormal periods I always want to know what their normal pattern is. If most periods are normal then one abnormal one (late, early, short, long) is not usually a cause for concern. The cycles tend to regulate and get back to normal quickly. If there is concern for pregnancy check a test. ...Read more
I am facing irregular menstrual cycle, I got it on 1 may 2013 and suddenly from 15 days continue very little flow. What is it? Something serious?
See a doctor: I recommend seeing a doctor so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more
Hello, during the last approx 6 months my menstrual cycle is irregular and less blood flows. Can I know what are the causes please? I am 20yrs old
Depends on irregular: It depends on how you define irregular. If your periods vary a couple of days each month, that is totally normal. Ovulation and menstruation depend on estrogen and progesterone and those hormone levels can change every month, especially when your young. Diet can also effect cycle timing, if you are not eating properly malnutrition can also cause irregular. Extreme exercise can also cause irreg ...Read more
Yes: If there are no reasons why you can't take birth control pills (smoker, a history of blood clots, etc), some pills can actually stop you from having periods. Many birth control pills may be taken in a way (by skipping the last week of inactive pills) to delay a period. If your current cycle is extremely heavy, very high doses of either estrogen or birth control pills can usually stop it. ...Read more
My Menstrual cycle usually last for 4 days with a medium flow in the first half an then becoming light in the second, why did only last one day light?
Depends: Are you on hormonal birth control? If so then the bleed you have between cycles may continue to get lighter and lighter. Yif you are on the pill or patch or ring, that " bleed " one has between cycles is actually not a period", you don't actually menstruate since you don't ovulate, but do have bleeding if the progesterone component is stopped. ...Read more
My menstrual cycle is always regular. Every 28 days for 3 days. Last month it was 2 days late and this month it came 10 days early. It is a normal flow?
Pregnancy/Normal: The first thing that needs to be ruled out if AT ALL possible is pregnancy. If it is a possibility do a home pregnancy test. This could be a pregnancy or a "chemical pregnancy". The other thing is that at 23 this is a common occurrence. If the flow was normal and this was a one time thing no worries. If your next period is abnormal this needs to be checked. Good luck and don't worry. ...Read more
Hi, I have been on my menstrual cycle for the past 3 weeks, I have experienced the heavy flows as normal, but now I still get those little spills. What can I do? Should I be worried?
No: But it can cause various negative behaviours. ...Read more
Yes and no: Short-term yes; long-term no as long as remaining ovary is normal. ...Read more
Do I count regular flow as the first day of my menstrual cycle or do I count the day I start spotting as the first day?
Spotting: Keep a menstrual calendar & count any spotting as day 1 of your cycle. Chart amount of bleeding, days, & any associated cramps, pain, or mood changes. These will help if trying to establish ovulation or if determining if premenstrual hormone changes are affecting your health. Take care. ...Read more
Last month I had small clots of blood for 10 days during my menstrual cycle instead of regular flow and in 15 days I see clots again for 10 days now.?
See a Doctor: It can be several things, from hormonal to cysts, to abnormal pregnancies. ...Read more
I've haven't had much of a menstrual cycle for the last 15 years because of an IUD. A few days ago I began having a cycle with a very large amount of brown, stringy stuff. There is no odor and no other symptoms such as itching. Although the flow is quite
I am 56 and am having a light menstrual cycle. I am on the third day and need only a pad to take care of my flow. I have been exceptionally tired. I have no other physical symptoms to describe. I have not been having menstrual cycles for at least two yea
Postmenopausal: Postmenopausal bleeding should always be assessed by a doctor. A doctor will perform a pap smear and pelvic examination and may do a blood test to check hormone levels. The vaginal bleeding could be attributed to (but not limited to) a hormonal change, the presence of cervical polyps, vaginitis or endometrial cancer. ...Read more
Do I count the brownish spotting at the end of my menstrual cycle as day 5 or I count the last day that I had with regular blood flow as my last day?
Days of period: If it looks like old blood (all brown), then that means the actual bleeding stopped a day or so prior to that. If there's any bright blood, then you're still on your period it's not a super exact science, so being off by a day or two doesn't make a difference for most things. For pregnancy, we care more about what day your last period started. ...Read more
My daughter is12.its her 3rd menstrual cycle. She had little flow in 1st cycle, 2nd came early but flow was normal & 3rd came delayed and just for 1day?
Common: During the first 6m to 1yr a young woman may not release eggs with her cycles, which plays a part in setting the timing & regularity. Estrogen is the main hormone that builds the membranes in the womb that break down for menses, & it can produce a variable pattern early. Over time most will begin to release eggs and set a pattern. ...Read more
I have noticed a foul odor when removing my tampon this menstrual cycle. I don't notice it if I just use a pad. My flow is also a lot less than normal. The only other fact is that I have two sexual partners, one I have had for 12 year and the second fo
BV: Could vaginosis or std. See your gyn for proper assessment and treatment. ...Read more
My menstrual cycle has been everyother month, now I have had it twice where I bleed for more than 2 weeks with heavy flow why?
Not ovulating: It sounds as though you are not ovulating regularly. Its okay and not dangerous to have menses every other month, unless you are trying to get pregnant, in which case you might need help to ovulate regularly. If you have heavy flow and frequent menses, this can lead to anemia so you might want to consider going on birth control pills or nuvaring. You should consult a gynecologist for this. ...Read more
Hello doctor, I have some problem during menses. From past one month my menstrual cycle got disturbed and the flow of blood is completely negligble.
Hi! I just started my birth control pills on day one of my menstrual cycle, the flow is light today. Will it remain light for the remainder of the wk?
OCPs: It usually takes at least 3 cycles to determine what they will end up being on the pills. Usually OCPs make your periods lighter and shorter in length. ...Read more
Menstrual Cycle. No heavy flow, actually very little flow, instead I have very large clots. Almost unbearable cramps that feels like stabbing. Help?
For about 4 years I have been having extreme mood swings during my menstrual cycle, as well as bad acne, heavy flow lasting 7-10 days and pain.?
Mood periods: All of these symptoms could respond to oral contraceptives or other medication. Visit your doctor to discuss. ...Read more
See you MD: There are many different reasons for a change in menstrual cycle including ovulation. Your md will ask about your history. Age, medical conditions like thyroid disease and diabetes, life stress, strenuous exercise, and eating disorders are a few things which can affect the menses. A blood pregnancy test may be considered. ...Read more
Can a menstrual period last 2 days only? My periods used to be short but 1.5 to 2 days seems extreme. The flow is regular.
Normal: Normal periods can last from 1-2 days to 7 or more. ...Read more
I'm 3 days into my menstrual period, first 2 days were spotting but dark brown. 3rd day is medium flow but still dark brown. Why?
Let me explain:
This is simply blood from the lining of your womb that has been present for a day or two before being passed and so which looks darker than the usual fresher blood.
This may come and go, but unless you get any other new symptoms linked to your period – in which case tell your doctor – then I would leave things alone here. ...Read more
I have a prob in my menstruation cycle. Before my menstrual is 3-4 days and heavy flow, last 2mo. It was 1 day - 2 days and its spot. Is it normal?
Menstrual cycle: The length, amount and volume of menstrual blood flow varies from cycle to cycle. Small variances seem normal, large ones not so normal. Sporadically failing to ovulate is also normal. The 'abnormal' cycle you describe May have been one in which you did not ovulate. This is assuming that pregnancy is not an option here. ...Read more
I use 2 have a menstrual period that last max 4 days heavy flow. Now I spot couple weeks then heavy bleed a week... Should I b concerned?
Age? First time to happen? It is not normal from your question. Go see a gyne who can do a complete peliv exam and go from there but don procrastinate. Make an appt. With your gyne md> take care.
Drbelga. ...Read more
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