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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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What can I do to make my period lighter? I am 48, no kids and no birth control pills.

What can I do to make my period lighter? I am 48, no kids and no birth control pills.

Heavy periods: There are multiple options for heavy periods. Hormonal treatments such as birth control pills, Progesterone treatments and the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud are effective reversible treatments that will help many people. There is also a drug called Lysteda that contains no hormones which will help others. If you are done having children discuss the option of an endometrial ablation. ...Read more

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Can skipping the last 3 pills of your birth control before the sugar pills make your period lighter?

Can skipping the last 3 pills of your birth control before the sugar pills make your period lighter?

Get a test: It can make your period lighter but if you're sexually active it can also mean you might be pregnant. Get a pregnancy test and check it out to be sure, since knowing early is important. ...Read more

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21 f on birth control, period started late, period lighter than normal, pain in my belly that's not normal, been tired a lot more lately. what wrong?

21 f on birth control, period started late, period lighter than normal, pain in my belly that's not normal, been tired a lot more lately. what wrong?

Suppression: I am focused on the fatigue. BCP can suppress testosterone in young women significantly enough to cause loss of energy, fatigue and loss of sex drive. BCP can suppress bleeding so that menses may be lighter. Belly pain may be unrelated and bowel related. Ultrasound would help rule out pelvic issues that may cause pain. ...Read more

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My period is extremely heavy and lasts about 10 days. i dont want to take birth control so what could i do to make it lighter and shorter?

My period is extremely heavy and lasts about 10 days. i dont want to take birth control so what could i do to make it lighter and shorter?

To start...: First if this just started and you have been sexually active the first step is to get a pregnancy test. If this has been done already and negative then you would need lab testing(blood work) to check hormones issues which might be causing this problem. It all depends on what the cause of the prolonged periods is in order to decide what is the right treatment. See GYN specialist for this. ...Read more

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Advice? Would your period get lighter each month you take birth control?

Advice? Would your period get lighter each month you take birth control?

Sometimes: A birth control pill will tend to make your period lighter, more regualar and less painful. Depending on your baseline bleeding a birth control pill could make your period lighter each month. Sometimes a pill can stop you from having a period at all. ...Read more

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If I just started birth control, is it normal to get a longer lighter period? Also I get brown stringy discharge

If I just started birth control, is it normal to get a longer lighter period? Also I get brown stringy discharge

Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually self corrects over time. If you are not satisfied or it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method. It is a common side effect and does not mean something is wrong or that the pill is not working. ...Read more

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On birth control, got period on time lighter than usual is it normal?

On birth control, got period on time lighter than usual is it normal?

Yes: Birth control pills control the timing of your period, and the flow is often lighter than usual. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

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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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more