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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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Is there anything that I can I do to regulate my period other than use birth control and medication?

Is there anything that I can I do to regulate my period other than use birth control and medication?

Weight?: If you are either significantly over- or under-weight, bringing your weight in to a middle range can help. Otherwise the answer depends on specifics 'why' your periods are out. ...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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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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What if i take birth control will it stop my periods or just make them lighter?

What if i take birth control will it stop my periods or just make them lighter?

Improved health: Anytime you work on improving your strength and your cardiovascular health, you will improve your overall health, help to prevent future injuries and health problems, and probably increase your life span as well. ...Read more

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Is there something i can do or take other than birth control to help out with my irregular periods...Please help?

Is there something i can do or take other than birth control to help out with my irregular periods...Please help?

Other than BC Pills?: Besides birth control pills, you might have success with hormone patches, a vaginal hormone ring, or a progesterone-containing iud. All of these products are designed for birth control, but all may help to regulate periods. There are many women who use birth control products for non-contraceptive purposes, such as decreased menstrual flow or pain, and menstrual regulation. Good luck. Lgromkomd. ...Read more

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Can I use the paragard iud with my birth control pills? I want to keep my period regulated. Also will it make one another less effective?

Can I use the paragard iud with my birth control pills? I want to keep my period regulated. Also will it make one another less effective?

Unusual but seems OK: The ParaGard IUD and the contraceptive pills prevent pregnancy by 2 different mechanisms which would seem to complement each other and give you double protection, plus lighter, less painful and perhaps more regular menses ...but at a higher over all cost. I do not believe there is any plausible evidence that this unusual combination should "make one another less effective". ...Read more

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Need to get on birth control but still no period. How to make my period come?

Need to get on birth control but still no period. How to make my period come?

If obese -weight : Oss may allow for period return. If you're inactive – try regular aerobic activity (at least 4 days/week). If severely underweight – ^in bmi may help to restore periods. If an endurance athlete – try cutting back on training. If you have polycystic ovary syndrome, metformin may help. Some birth control pills as well as meds like Progesterone or Provera (medroxyprogesterone) could be used under your gyn supervision. ...Read more

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How many birth control pills in a row do I have to miss to start my period?

How many birth control pills in a row do I have to miss to start my period?

Depends . . .: Active pills or placebo/sugar ones? You're supposed to bleed during placebo/sugar week. Answer also depends upon active week if biphasic or triphasic. Check out "What happens if I miss a dose?" at http://www.drugs.com/mtm/amethyst.html. Best to set reminder on your smartphone. Depending upon pill, you might be considered missing a pill if you're more than 3hrs late! Ask your pharmacist about yours ...Read more

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I would like to loose weight and also get my periods each month. I take birth control pills to get my periods.

I would like to loose weight and also get my periods each month. I take birth control pills to get my periods.

Healthy diet: My preference low carbohydrate, low fat, high protein,no processed food, no sugary or artificial sweetened beverages and exercise. Though various other calorie reducing diets are effective. 7 to 8 hours of sleep, relaxation and meditation ...Read more

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What other way/ways besides birth control, can I do to get my period to go back to normal?

What other way/ways besides birth control, can I do to get my period to go back to normal?

Why is it: abnormal? Many many things can contribute to irregular periods, you need to understand (with a doctor's help, of course) why your periods are not normal to know what kind so things will help. Generally this can be sorted out with a complete history and some lab work, good wishes. ...Read more

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Can I take birth control pills but not to control birth but for my hormonal imbalances? Like to have better skin etc.. Thanks

Can I take birth control pills but not to control birth but for my hormonal imbalances? Like to have better skin etc.. Thanks

Yes: Talk to your doctor about the pros and cons (nothing is entirely without risks or side effects), and they can prescribe for you if you decide this is right for you. If hormones aren't the right answer, there are other options for treating acne, unstable mood, cramps and other symptoms often relieved by birth control. ...Read more

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What to do if I have horrible acne during my periods but don't want to start birth control?

What to do if I have horrible acne during my periods but don't want to start birth control?

Options available: There are prescription topicals and oral medications that are not birth control, you can use to keep breakouts controlled. Typically combination treatment is needed. Your regular doctor can get you started on a regimen. ...Read more

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Can I use birth control at anytime or do I have to wait for my period to come ? I have never used birth control before and i want to see if it's ok to take birth control at anytime or do I really have to follow the instructions on the birth control ?

Can I use birth control at anytime or do I have to wait for my period to come ? I have never used birth control before and i want to see if it's ok to take birth control at anytime or do I really have to follow the instructions on the birth control ?

You decide: The pattern of starting at or just after menses is a pragmatic one.If for whatever reason you are pregnant and not aware then you are not exposing a new embryo to these hormones at a critical period in their development. Irregularity in cycles & point of ovulation can make this hard to predict, & many would encourage a backup form of BC for the first month until your body is accustomed to the pill ...Read more

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If I get nauseas and headaches on my birth control pills dos that mean I need more or less estrogen?

If I get nauseas and headaches on my birth control pills dos that mean I need more or less estrogen?

Difficult pharmacogn: Sometimes the dose-response relationship for hormones is not linear but complex - such as a horseshoe-shape, where side effects are associated with low and high doses, but not optimum doses. So no generalization for you is helpful, unfortunately. Dose titration experi-ments with your doctor's help should be able to clarify this. ...Read more

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Just got off the birth control pills. When ttc do you have to wait two periods and take prenatals pills? And if so what kind of prenatal brand?

Just got off the birth control pills. When ttc do you have to wait two periods and take prenatals pills? And if so what kind of prenatal brand?

You can start : Taking prenatal vitamins right away. Any that are pharmaceutical quality are fine. Your pharmacist can help you with that. ...Read more

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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