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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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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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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 ?!

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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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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Any explanation for why i get diarrhea everytime i'm on my period?

Any explanation for why i get diarrhea everytime i'm on my period?

Menstrual issues: You could have a mild case of IBS or other bowel issue. Also, both menstrual cramps (contractions) and diarrhea are associated with levels of prostaglandins. That's why we sometimes tell pregnant women wanting to deliver without induction to take castor oil to induce diarrhea. ...Read more

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


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more