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What does very dark red blood in menstrual cycle mean?

What does very dark red blood in menstrual cycle mean?

Color of blood: The color of the blood from a menstrual cycle has to do with its components. A cycle is the lining of the uterus sloughing off because it is not being used to house an embryo (combination of an egg and sperm). Every month your body prepares itself to be pregnant and when it is not the uterus expels the unused material, which is your period. ...Read more

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Menstrual (Definition)

Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more

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How long does my menstrual suppose to last after having a baby 6days ago? It's still bright red and some small blood clots.

How long does my menstrual suppose to last after having a baby 6days ago? It's still bright red and some small blood clots.

Up to 6 weeks: You will be bleeding for a while although it should be gradually decreasing. If you try to do too much and get overtired in particular you may notice increased bleeding, in which case you simply need to get more rest. If it still seems excessive to you then see your doctor. ...Read more

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Managing Menstrual Cramps (Checklist)

Track your periods
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Rate your pain
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Tell your gyn what works for your pain
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Try taking NSAIDs the day before your period starts, if you can take them
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Severe Menstrual cramps, bright pink to dark red blood but not much discharge. Do have clots. Period due 8 of Nov. Period or Implantation?

Severe Menstrual cramps, bright pink to dark red blood but not much discharge. Do have clots. Period due 8 of Nov. Period or Implantation?

Sounds like a: period. Bleeding doesn't usually occur with implantation and when it does - the amount of blood is minuscule. Take care. ...Read more

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Managing Menstrual Cramps (Checklist)

Try non steroidal anti inflammatory medications (ex Ibuprofen)
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Consider birth control options to suppress the menstrual cycle
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Consider a hormone-free medication like Lysteda when period starts
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Ask your Obgyn if you might have endometriosis
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My menstrual blood is changing colors from light red and then dark or even a brownish color, why?

My menstrual blood is changing colors from  light red and then dark or even a brownish color, why?

Periods: Bright red blood is usually fresh bleeding. With the color changing to dark and then brownish this indicates old blood. ...Read more

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My menstrual blood is light red and slimy. Why?

Not certain: But menstrual color is not normally clinically significant. ...Read more

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Managing Menstrual Cramps (Checklist)

Use ibuprofen as needed
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Start ibuprofen 1 day prior to onset of menstruation
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Drink plenty of water
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Call your doctor if home treatment isn't helping
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Why am i having pink and red koolaid colored blood for my menstrual cycle?

Why am i having pink and red koolaid colored blood for my menstrual cycle?

Old blood : The color of the blood in your menstrual cycle is not useful or relevant. It reflects how long the blood has been sitting inside your uterus or at the back of your vagina. Red is new. Brown or black blood is older and the blood products have started to break down. Menstrual blood color is not something you need to pay attention to. If your cycles are heavy consider birth control for regulation. ...Read more

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