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Why do I get diarrhea during my period and when I am spotting? Started Depo-Provera shot 3 months ago and ever since I have been spotting almost every day.

Why do I get diarrhea during my period and when I am spotting? Started Depo-Provera shot 3 months ago and ever since I have been spotting almost every day.

Spotting from depo: One of the very common side effects from Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) is irregular bleeding and spotting. People get the most irregular bleeding in the first several times they get the injection. But usually the longer people take the Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) the more likely the bleeding will all stop. One of the chemicals the uterus makes with a period is prostaglandins, and they can cause loose stools. ...Read more

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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37 weeks pregnant and having period like cramping and loose stools. This is my 3rd pregnancy?

37 weeks pregnant and having period like cramping and loose stools.  This is my 3rd pregnancy?

Go to Hospital: When you are having loose stools and cramping in pregnancy, it is important to make sure that your baby is Ok and that you are not dilating. Watch for baby movements and go right away to the hospital birthing center. All will be well. It is better to be safe. ...Read more

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Ive had my period and i just came off , i recieved cramps and loose stools with slight stomach ache. What do you think is going on?

Ive had my period and i just came off , i recieved cramps and loose stools with slight stomach ache. What do you think is going on?

Cramps: if the cramps and loose stools came while on your cycle then this from a hormone called prostaglandin and is normal. ibuprofen is and anti-prostaglandin and will help with the next cycle. ...Read more

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Gurgling stomach, lower ab pain, loose stools, weight loss... Still getting period, on the pill, negative pregnancy tests... Lower back pain... help!

Gurgling stomach, lower ab pain, loose stools, weight loss... Still getting period, on the pill, negative pregnancy tests... Lower back pain... help!

Duration?: Hi. Are these symptoms new or chronic? If acute, you may just have a GI bug that will clear itself within days. If chronic, you need to consider things like inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, etc. Any mucous and/or blood in stool? If it's chronic, or doesn't resolve promptly, please see your doc. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have horrible cramps during my period to where i just lay in bed in a fetal position all day. I get diahrrea, nausiated, and a little depressed.

I have horrible cramps during my period to where i just lay in bed in a fetal position all day. I get diahrrea, nausiated, and a little depressed.

Endometriosis: You may have endometriosis that causes the pain. Still, severe dysmenorrhea may cause the release of a lot of prostaglandins (pain causing products) that cause the diarrhea and nausea you describe. Patients with premenstrual dysphoric disorder also report similar symptoms. Any of these can be treated medically so you should contact your physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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Period lasted 10 days april 18 didn't get it during May still haven't recvieved it today June 3rd 14 I also have diarrhea and 2 neg pregnant test wats wrong?

Period lasted 10 days april 18 didn't get it during May still haven't recvieved it today June 3rd 14 I also have diarrhea and 2 neg pregnant test wats wrong?

Irregular periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections ; hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test . There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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Woke up sunday and have had diarrhea since. feel better during evening but mornings I'm back n forth 2 bathroom n sleeping alot. Should i get seen?

Woke up sunday and have had diarrhea since. feel better during evening but mornings I'm back n forth 2 bathroom n sleeping alot.  Should i get seen?

Probably: If the diarrhea has been going on for more than three days and you're not feeling a lot better, I would go in to be seen. It may be a bacterial infection that needs to be treated with antibiotics. Try to stay hydrated with water and get in to be seen as soon as you can. ...Read more

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Whenever I got on vacation I get diarrhea before we go and during the first day or so?

Whenever I got on vacation I get diarrhea before we go and during the first day or so?

Diarrhea : It sounds like you are having diarrhea from stress based on the pattern you described. It does not sound worrisome to me. ...Read more

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How to deal with the diarrhea and constipation I get during my periods?

How to deal with the diarrhea and constipation I get during my periods?

Regulate Bowels: Try to keep your bowels regulated all the time and you will be less bothered by a change during your menstrual cycle. Eat plenty of fiber enriched food and stay well hydrated. And be aware that any irregularity will pass. ...Read more

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If whilst on pill I have sex without condom and day after I have diarrhea/vomiting can I get pregnant? And so better to always use condom with pill?

If whilst on pill I have sex without condom and day after I have diarrhea/vomiting can I get pregnant? And so better to always use condom with pill?

Pregnancy: highly unlikely to be pregnant please see your primary care as you may have gastroenteritis that is causing your symptoms. Use of condoms is always a good idea ...Read more

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Why do I get diarrhoea when im on my period?

Why do I get diarrhoea when im on my period?

Prostaglandins: Chemicals called prostaglandins are released by the uterus during menstruation, they cause the cramping, but can also affect the colon which is located very nearby - & cause loose stools or diarrhea. ...Read more

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Hi ! i started my period sunday/monday and started to get diarrhoea on monday ?! what does this mean ?!

Hi ! i started my period sunday/monday and started to get diarrhoea on monday ?! what does this mean ?!

Not related : Your diarrhea is not related to your periods and may be due to stomach virus or another gastrointestinal infection.Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration and if it persists or gets worse or associated with fever or vomiting you should consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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Menstrual Period (Definition)

Menstrual period is a medical term for the monthly bleeding ...Read more