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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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Having severe pain in lower left abdomen feels like there is a tennis ball sized mass causiing the pain. Happens only during menstration. What is it?

Having severe pain in lower left abdomen feels like there is a tennis ball sized mass causiing the pain. Happens only during menstration. What is it?

Endometriosis: I'm not a gynecologist, but noticed that no one has answered your question. Endometriosis would be a consideration. Ovarian cyst less likely but another possibility. Time to see your gynecologist. A pelvic ultrasound and/or ct scan could be helpful. ...Read more

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What is the cause of chronic lower abdomen distention, sometimes bigger before or during menstruation. Is it bladder or uterus, or something else?

What is the cause of chronic lower abdomen distention, sometimes bigger before or during menstruation. Is it bladder or uterus, or something else?

Needs evaluation: Lower abominal dissension has a lot of possible causes. This could be caused by the digestive system, uterus, ovaries and any other organ in the pelvis. You should see an Obgyn to start the evaluation. ...Read more

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I have had pain in my upper right abdomen during menstruation for the past 6 months. I had ultrasound of gallbladder and it was ok. What could it be?

I have had pain in my upper right abdomen during menstruation for the past 6 months. I had ultrasound of gallbladder and it was ok. What could it be?

Endometriosis?: You may have endometriosis, a condition where menstruation producing tissue is found in different parts and areas of the body. If you pain is always when you are having your period, there is a high chance this is endometriosis. The gold standard for diagnosing endometriosis is with laparoscopy (key-hole incisions) performed by a gynecologist in a hospital where the patient goes home the same day. ...Read more

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Red eyes during menstruation with headache/migraines, frequent urination, forgetfulness, bloated abdomen. Does it mean I have an estrogen deficiency?

Red eyes during menstruation with headache/migraines, frequent urination, forgetfulness, bloated abdomen. Does it mean I have an estrogen deficiency?

Menstrual migraine: Most women experience an increased frequency of migraine attacks around the time of menses. Managing menstrual migraine is difficult; most patients with menstrual migraine will not respond to traditional migraine therapy See an orofacial pain or headache specialist for a professional treatment. ...Read more

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Sharp pain on the upper right of my tummy during menstruation?

Sharp pain on the upper right of my tummy during menstruation?

Could be cramping: Many women experience period-related cramping and pain. Rt upper quadrant pain always raises the? Of gall bladder stones which are not related to your period Ibuprofen (such as midol or advil) is often helpful for menstrual pain. If your pain becomes severe or persistent, however, you might consider visiting the doctor to make sure there is not a more serious problem. ...Read more

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Painful bowel movements. Like brick being sent upwards; knocks wind out of me. Recently gave birth, also happens during menstruation. No hemorrhoids.

Painful bowel movements. Like brick being sent upwards; knocks wind out of me. Recently gave birth, also happens during menstruation. No hemorrhoids.

Scarring: There could be some scarring in the posterior cul-de-sac, the area between your vagina/uterus and the rectum/colon. That is, that when you have a bowel movement, it could be pulling on scar tissue. It's common to have pain in the area following giving birth, so hopefully this pain will dissipate with time. In the meantime, might consider using MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or generic equivalent to help ease movements ...Read more

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Very slight pain in lower left abdomen during 1st month of pregnancy. Plz help. Also give some tips about how baby grow healthy in 1st trimester??

Very slight pain in lower left abdomen during 1st month of pregnancy. Plz help. Also give some tips about how baby grow healthy in 1st trimester??

See a Provider: You need to find out if you have an ovarian cyst or an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy outside the uterus). See aProvider soon.
A healthy pregnancy needs good nutrition, rest, and a lack of harmful drugs including tobacco. Make sure you take your prenatal vitamins as the Folic acid is important in preventing miscarriage and birth defects. ...Read more

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Why is there a vibration feeling in my lower left abdomen during pregnancy? I am 24 weeks pregnant and this started over the weekend.

Why is there a vibration feeling in my lower left abdomen during pregnancy? I am 24 weeks pregnant and this started over the weekend.

Normal: Very normal you do not have to worry about that later on the vibration will be a movement and the baby will start punching and stretching
it is normal ...Read more

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Very slight pain sometime in lower left abdomen during 1month preg. Plz help suggest how baby grow properly and healthy?

Early pregnancy: Eat healthy with fruits, vegetables and recommended prenatal vitamins, drink plenty of fluid, exercise moderately if no contraindication for it, rest well sleep at least 7-8 hrs/day and keep up with OB appointments and follow their recommendations. ...Read more

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Good morning, what could be the cause of pain in the lower left quadrant for a female age 42. The patient experiences it mostly during menstruation.

Good morning, what could be the cause of pain in the lower left quadrant for a female age 42. The patient experiences it mostly during menstruation.

GYN Big three: The GYN big three causes of left lower quadrant pain are Endometriosis, Ovarian cyst/tumors and Uterine enlargement. I also did not include intestinal issues. All of these possibilities require a MD examination and detailed history. ...Read more

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After my period I spend two weeks in excruciating pain from my lower left abdomen. It wakes me up at night & comes back for 6 hrs during the day. Why?

After my period I spend two weeks in excruciating pain from my lower left abdomen. It wakes me up at night & comes back for 6 hrs during the day. Why?

See below: It seems like you visited your ob/gyn already and got examined and us done.
The long term of using Codeine would make you less and less sensitive to this medication, and therefore less helpful, and give you a dependency from it.
I think the second opinion would be a good choice here. ...Read more

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My period is 2 days late and during those two days I have felt pain in my lower left abdomen that radiates down to my left leg?

My period is 2 days late and during those two days I have felt pain in my lower left abdomen that radiates down to my left leg?

Evaluate pain soon: Pain like that needs to be checked out. There are some serious conditions that could cause pain. If you get lightheaded or dizzy when standing then go into the ER right away. Otherwise call to be seen tomorrow if the pain remains. ...Read more

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What is the cause of pain in the lower left quadrant of a female age 42. The pain occurs mostly during menstruation. Sometimes it occurs before menstruation, it stops when over the counter pain killers are used.?

What is the cause of pain in the lower left quadrant of a female age 42. The pain occurs mostly during menstruation. Sometimes it occurs before menstruation, it stops when over the counter pain killers are used.?

Varies: Multiple potential causes. Among the more common would likely be endometriosis, in which endometrial tissue is going in abnormal locations and often causes pain that is worse with menstruation. Other considerations might include polycystic ovary disease. Consider being seen for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Very light pain sometime in lower left abdomen. +ve preg test. Which food to avoid during 1 month. Please help?

Abdominal pain: If you are having significant pain in your abdomen in the early phases of pregnancy, you should see your doctor. Until the pregnancy is confirmed to be in your uterus by exam or by ultrasound, the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy, which requires treatment, must be considered. ...Read more

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I experience pain during sex especially on my lower left abdomen it's sooo pain and unbearable what could be that and what can I treat it with?

Pelvic pain: It is possible that you have a cyst on your left ovary or even a pelvic infection. Please have this evaluated by a doctor asap. ...Read more

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Lump in lower left abdomen? Tender when applying pressure and during intercourse. Sometimes feels rope-like, elongating to my pelvic bone. 23 year old

Lump in lower left abdomen? Tender when applying pressure and during intercourse. Sometimes feels rope-like, elongating to my pelvic bone. 23 year old

Needs to be checked: You have a palpable lump in lower left abdomen. From what you describe it can be anything. It may be in the abdominal wall or intra abdominal. You need to be evaluated with detailed history as to any other symptoms, history of any trauma etc and a physical exam, and if indicated on exam may need blood/urine test and imaging like ultrasound or cat scan. ...Read more

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