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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


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2 months ago i missed my period, had dark brown stretchy discharge with light cramping. The same has happened last and this month. On bc. Am i ok?

2 months ago i missed my period, had dark brown stretchy discharge with light cramping. The same has happened last and this month. On bc. Am i ok?

Birth control: Missing a period while on birth control can be common. It depends on what type of birth control you are using and the dosage/strenght. The longer you use hormonal birth control the less heavy your periods will be and with less cramping. Have always in mind that even on b/c you can still get pregnant. So if suspected perform a pregnancy test. If still with symtomps see your gyn for evaluation. ...Read more

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My period is 5 days late dark brown light bleeding stomache is very bloated. Left leg feels numb what could be wrong with me?

My period is 5 days late dark brown light bleeding stomache is very bloated. Left leg feels numb what could be wrong with me?

Hormonal imbalance: Menstrual irregularities are not uncommon and anovulatory cycle is a common cause. If you miss more than two periods it would be time to see your doctor. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time. You may consider implanted contraceptive or an IUD. Consult this site for more information on this topic. http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/menstruation/conditioninfo/Pages/causes.aspx Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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1st day of my period is dark brown and dry and clotty?

1st day of my period is dark brown and dry and clotty?

Probably normal: What you describe sounds normal. Many women have brownish flow initially which can also be quite light. As bleeding increases, the color usually turns red. ...Read more

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My period is dark brown and it started Monday and still is dark brown, what is wrong.

My period is dark brown and it started Monday and still is dark brown, what is wrong.

May be nothing: Slower flow or older blood can both have brown-ish appearance. If no new symptoms, then likely nothing to be concerned about. Can always call your Gyn for recommendation if concerned. ...Read more

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Period has been dark brown and light for 3 days then turned reddish and heavier, this has never happened to me am i spotting? Took a test is was neg.

Period has been dark brown and light for 3 days then turned reddish and heavier, this has never happened to me am i spotting? Took a test is was neg.

Normal: All colors of period, dark brown and light red are normal colors for bleeding from the period or menstrual cycle. Nothing is wrong with your body, solely dark blood is old blood. ...Read more

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My period is dark brown and like goo then it changed to bright red and has lasted 15 days so far is this normal?

My period is dark brown and like goo then it changed to bright red and has lasted 15 days so far  is this normal?

Not normal: Vaginal bleeding for 15 consecutive days is not normal. It is best to seek evaluation with gyn. There are many etiologies depending on a variety of factors - pregnant vs. Not pregnant, ovulatory vs. Not ovulatory, endocrine abnormalities of thyroid, prolactin, androgens, etc. Thus, best to seek gyn evaluation. ...Read more

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Every month the beginning of my period is dark brown/black, then around the last day it goes red again, why is this?

Every month the beginning of my period is dark brown/black, then around the last day it goes red again, why is this?

Oxidation: Blood breaks down through a chemical process called oxidation. The color of the blood depends on where in the process it is. Blood is blood and the color or consistency does not matter. ...Read more

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I have really bad cramps and my period is dark brown during the first day and light the last day. Why might this be?

Old menstrual: blood appears to be dark brown and coming out first. It is light the last day because flow is tapering off. ...Read more

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Spotting 1week after period ended, dark brown and light in early morning-turned heavy and dark red at night.Is it period again, spotting or bleeding?

Spotting 1week after period ended, dark brown and light in early morning-turned heavy and dark red at night.Is it period again, spotting or bleeding?

Likely spotting: Probably part of last period. It's a good idea to keep a menstrual calendar so that you'll be able to predict what is likely to happen with your periods. If bleeding worsens, pain in lower abdomen develops, wise to get professional opinion. ...Read more

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Have irregular period and had unprotected sex and I got dark brown and light pink spotting am I maybe pregnant ?

Have irregular period  and had  unprotected sex and I got dark brown and light pink spotting am I  maybe pregnant ?

Maybe pregnant: You could be pregnant but pregnancy test will not be positive for at least 10 days after you had sex. Are your trying to get pregnant? If so, start taking prenatal vitamins to decrease the risk of birth defects. ...Read more

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This morning i was spotting and now my period is dark brown and gooey. It also is very sticky. I'm also not on birth control. What can it be?

This morning i was spotting and now my period is dark brown and gooey. It also is very sticky. I'm also not on birth control. What can it be?

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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My mother has factorvblood coagulation disorder. I haven't gotten tested yet. My period is dark brown and clumpy/stringy. Can this be a sign I have it?

My mother has factorvblood coagulation disorder. I haven't gotten tested yet. My period is dark brown and clumpy/stringy. Can this be a sign I have it?

Hard to say: Factor v leiden as you mentioned is a clotting disorder making you more prone to them. This could be made worse with contraceptives. Seeing as your mother has it, i would advise testing. It is usually discovered after clots are formed in the deep vessels of the leg, lung, or perhaps even recurrent miscarriages that prompts investigation. ...Read more

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