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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

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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Managing Menstrual Cramps (Checklist)

Track your periods
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Rate your pain
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Tell your gyn what works for your pain
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Try taking NSAIDs the day before your period starts, if you can take them
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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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My gf has a 25-30 menstrual cycle period lasting 5 days when is she likely to ovulate ?

My gf has a 25-30 menstrual cycle period lasting 5 days when is she likely to ovulate ?

Mittelschmerz: There is no good specific answer to that. The female must learn when she is ovulating and this is usually something they feel. Ovulation is usually just shy of half way through their cycle. Mittelschmerz is the name of the feeling of ovulation. ...Read more

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What period of the month does the haemoglobin level drop with a normal menstrual cycle?

What period of the month does the haemoglobin level drop with a normal menstrual cycle?

Unclear question: Hemoglobin level drops a little bit each month with the loss of blood during the period. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I don't have a 28 menstrual cycle. My period usually lasts 8-9 days. Around what date would i ovulate? Thanks

I don't have a 28 menstrual cycle. My period usually lasts 8-9 days. Around what date would i ovulate? Thanks

Need to know: How many days your cycle is. You will ovulate 14 days before the first day of your period. ...Read more

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If I have spotting the day before my menstrual cycle starts to be heavy does that count as the day my period begins?

If I have spotting the day before my menstrual cycle starts to be heavy does that count as the day my period begins?

Spotting: The spotting may be normal for you but most would consider the first day of heavy flow as day 1. ...Read more

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