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Non Birth Control Menses
I'm not on any birth control methods right now but my menses have been coming on for a twice per month fo is there something that I need to be worried?
Not normal: Are you sure you're not pregnant? If not, then take a pregnancy test. Abnormal bleeding can be from all sorts of things: infections, medications, stress, travel, changes in your weight, uterine polyps, fibroids, to name a few. Any woman over 35 who has extra bleeding (between periods) or cycles shorter than 21 days should see a doctor for an evaluation. ...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
Is birth control the only way to lighten a menstrual cycle? Or is there a less severe way to lighten menses? I am looking for advice on alternatives.
Yes but. ..: Mostly for a couple of cycles. A pregnancy test should done since pregnancy is a more common cause for missing your period. ...Read more
I've had no menses. Will this lower my fertility or is this anovulation okay since it is due to my birth control?
I'm on my 2nd birth control pill pack and my menses came 7 days early last month and 12 days early this month?
Time: It usually takes time for your pill to get your cycles completely regular. Wait a few more months! ...Read more
Several solutions: First, you should use an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) like ibuprofen or naproxen, which you can get over the counter. I think naproxen (Aleve) works better and it's longer lasting. Second, if that's not enough, you can talk to your doctor about getting a prescription for stronger pain medication, like hydrocodone. Finally, consider a change in your birth control pill. See your doc! ...Read more
If birth control mimics the menses period, would the cervical mucus/cervical position change as well? Not so much as position but the mucus?
No: The pill artificially creates a cycle and doesn't mimic the natural hormones and both mucus and position are different on the pill. ...Read more
I like to use cycle beads not birth control. My period is spot on regular. But when beads say ok to sex I'm so tired because of onset menses. Advice?
On continuous birth control pill to get period only 4x a year. Consequences for not allowing menses those 4x a year? Iforget when I am due for period.
Menses 4x per Year: The bcp sometimes stops all menstrual flow. The bleeding when you are taking bcp is not really important from a health perspective. The bcp ensures that you are not at risk constant estrogen stim of lining & thus cancer. The hormones of the bcp prevent the complications of low hormones like weak bones. The bcp also provides contraception is that is important. Social issues only like forget menses. ...Read more
Started new Birth control pill, first day of menses. Still bleeding/spotting for remaining of the month.
It may...: Take up to 3 months to get your cycle regular. Be patient....I know that is easy for me to say.... ...Read more
Prolactinoma? Have 28yr old daughter post 10 yr birth control.6 mos no menses. Blood wk indicates prolactin @57 Other poss. Causes?
Prolactin elevation: A prolactin of 57 is elevated, and can disrupt menstrual cycles, but does not necessarily mean a pituitary tumor. There are many other causes of mildly high prolactin, including many medications, nipple/chest wall stimulation and hypothyroidism. If it is a prolactinoma, it is likely a very small one. Best to see an Endocrinologist. ...Read more
I have irregular menstruations (after every 3 months or so), can I plan a pregnancy if I am taking birth control pills to regulate my menses?
Depends.: If you are having menses every 3 months because you are on birth control - then once you stop the bc, if your menses are monthly/regular, then you can plan & try to conceive. If your menses are irregular when not taking birth control (esp if you are having them every 3 mos w/o bc) then it will be very hard to know if/when you are ovulating and harder to try to conceive. Probaly not ovulating if so. ...Read more
17, trans, ftm. Don't want kids. Menses and fertility=major distress. Conservative mom=no birth control & can't dress as male. Tips 2 manage menses?
See a physician: You need a physician to help with the hormonal control of menses. We have safe low dose BCP and injectable hormones to help reduce or eliminate bleeding. No treatment is fool proof however and continuous communication and trials with a physician may be required. Good luck. ...Read more
I'm afraid to take birth control pills just to treat ny irregular periods & heavy menses. What are the other options to treat this complications?
Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD: Most of the time irregular bleeding is due to hormones - which could be lack of ovulation or erratic ovulation. Birth control pills work very well for this. Other options include the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud. Heavy periods can come from polyps or fibroids is the uterus, but you are likely too young for that. Speak with your doctor about your fears regarding bcp, to see if they are applicable to you. ...Read more
Are hormone/birth control pills (ex:Sprintec) able to control petit mal seizures especially for someone that has increased seizures during menses?
Work with Neuro:
Birth control pills do not control petit mal seizures.
Anti epileptic drugs control seizures. (AED)
All women taking AEDs of childbearing years should be taking Folic acid. AED medications can induce hepatic enzymes that increase the metabolism of oral contraceptives. I advise your friend to go back to the Neurologist and work on a treatment plan tailored for her particular case. It is dangerous for seizures to remain untreated. ...Read more
Trying to decide on birth control option for heavy menses causing anemia. Does Mirena (levonorgestrel) carry the same risk of thrombosis as oral contraceptives?
Both choices - good: Mirena (levonorgestrel) - the Progestin only IUD would be a very good choice. I recommend it's usage to my patients with heavy vaginal bleeding. Of course the OCP is a method tried and true for those needing cycle control. The Mirena (levonorgestrel), from the literature does not carry the risk of thrombosis of OCPs but at your age either would be a safe choice with low occurrence of thrombosis. ...Read more
I just got my period 6 months ago after not getting one for 2 years due to birth control. My periods are non existent or late recently. Today, I’m 8 days early for my period and it’s only been 21 days since my last period. Why am I so early for my pe?
Need more info: Are you still on birth control? If off, how long have you been off? 2 years? If menses are still irregular after 2 years off birth control then I would recommend seeing a obgyn for further evaluation. If still using birth control then this could be a side effect of the birth control ...Read more
I have been on birth control 13 months and rarely skip a pill. Sometimes I take it a few hours off of schedule. My boyfriend and I used the pull-out method once. 47 hours later I took a generic form of plan B. My periods are usually regular but now it's l
Normal to change: Plan B contains a big dose of progesterone, so it would not be unusual that after taking Plan B that spotting would occur and may interfere with the next cycle or two. If you keep taking your regular BCP's regularly, things should stabilize in a month or two. If you are consistent with your BCP, you should not have to take Plan B in addition, unless you were on antibiotics, ...Read more
Yes: Your periods on the birth control pill are artificially brought on by discontinuing the pill for a short time each month. If there is little build up of the lining of your uterus the rest of the month, there will be little or no bleeding. This is more likely to happen when you have been on the pill for a while. No bleeding does not mean things are "backing up". ...Read more
Need more info: What do you mean by early? Having a period while still on active pills and not the pills on the fourth week? And how long have you been on it? If you just started taking it you could have irregular bleeding for a while. And even if you have been on it for months or years you could have a break through bleed outside of your periods. Both are considered normal. Make sure you aren‘t pregnant, however ...Read more
Heavier menses flow: Your periods will have a heavier mentrual flow and amount, as well as possible cramping. ...Read more
Yes, very likely.: Birth control pills will usually make your period lighter, more predicable and less painful. Most women will have less cramps. This is a very common reason to recommend birth control to a patient. ...Read more
Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more
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