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Doctor insights on: Menstrual Period

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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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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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Why is my period later than normal and why is my menstrual cycle so sporadic?

Why is my period later than normal and why is my menstrual cycle so sporadic?

See a Doctor: There maybe some hormonal imbalance going on which some lab tests can help determine. Also, stress and any changes in diet or lifestyle can affect menstrual cycles. There is something called polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos) that can lead to sporadic menses. See an obgyn so that they can run labs, possible imaging, and take a thorough history and physical to help figure this out. ...Read more

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My menstrual cycle is so unpredictable I never know when to expect it. It is never monthly and once I didn't get my period for 6 months is this normal?

My menstrual cycle is so unpredictable I never know when to expect it. It is never monthly and once I didn't get my period for 6 months is this normal?

Doctor can evaluate: There are many causes for irregular menstruation. One common one is polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos), a hormonal imbalance along with cysts in the ovaries. Though most irregular menstruation is not acutely dangerous, any woman who does not menstruate monthly should consider seeing her pcp or an ob/gyn for evaluation. ...Read more

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Does the menstrual cycle begin the day a womens period starts?

Yes: That is the definition. The day your period starts is the start of the menstrual cycle. ...Read more

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Why would it be that my period is really dark on the first two days of my menstrual cycle?

Why would it be that my period is really dark on the first two days of my menstrual cycle?

Dark blood: Dark, thick blood can be older blood (mixed in with tissue) that is being sloughed. ...Read more

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Between which days makes a whole menstrual cycle? Ex: First day of period to the next first day.

Between which days makes a whole menstrual cycle? Ex: First day of period to the next first day.

That is correct: A menstrual cycle is from the first day of a menstrual period (first day of spotting or bleeding, of the menstrual period) up to, but not including, the first day of the next menstrual period. ...Read more

Menstruation (Definition)

Menstruation is also known as Menses. Menstruation is the regular cyclical shedding of uterine (womb) lining associated with bleeding. Begins at puberty (menarche) and continus during a woman's fertile years until menopause. Cycles usually average 28 days, but can vary from ...Read more


Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

Menstrual refers to monthly or lunar cycle-the approx length of the human ovulatory or egg making cycle ...Read more