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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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My period was a week late and now it is dark brown and thick like tar. My stomach is very distended, too. Is the brown blood bad?

My period was a week late and now it is dark brown and thick like tar.  My stomach is very distended, too.  Is the brown blood bad?

No: The brown blood is not bad. The brown color means that it is old blood, usually from a slow lighter bleed/period. However, if the brown blood is occurring after a full normal flowing period, this pattern should be evaluated by a gynecologist. ...Read more

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Period was day39, usually 30-35. It was very heavy for 2 days, dark brown, thick the next, lighter the next. Why could cause this? No penetrative sex.

Period was day39, usually 30-35. It was very heavy for 2 days, dark brown, thick the next, lighter the next. Why could cause this? No penetrative sex.

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 (late, early, short, long) this is not usually a cause for concern. The cycles tend to regulate and get back to normal quickly. There are many options for cycle control. Birth control works really well and prevents unplanned pregnancy. ...Read more

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I'm due my period in three days, but today I had a very dark brown / almost black and thick discharge? We have been trying for a baby

I'm due my period in three days, but today I had a very dark brown / almost black and thick discharge? We have been trying for a baby

Early period: It sounds like your period may have just started a few days early which is not particularly abnormal. If you feel your discharge is abnormal consider scheduling a visit for testing. If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. ...Read more

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My periods are usually spot on. Period is a week early and it's starting off dark brown to black and extremely Thick. Some pink mucousey. TTC.

My periods are usually spot on. Period is a week early and it's starting off dark brown to black and extremely Thick. Some pink mucousey. TTC.

Common complaint: 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 Period (Definition)

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