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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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What would cause, anal leakage during heavymenstrual period, and loose stools? Is it my period, or is it something worse? I've had this for 3 days now

What would cause, anal leakage during heavymenstrual period, and loose stools? Is it my period, or is it something worse? I've had this for 3 days now

Diarrhea/menses: These are not likely related, but two different conditions. If the diarrhea continues unabated go and see your PCP and have this evaluated. ...Read more

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I've 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?

I've 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?!

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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Trying to get pregnant, my period was supposed to come this week instead I had a brown discharge I put a pad but nothing was there, nausea & diarreah.

Trying to get pregnant, my period was supposed to come this week instead I had a brown discharge I put a pad but nothing was there, nausea & diarreah.

Pregnancy test.: Probably time to check a pregnancy test. The brownish discharge may be implantation related. At least check a urine pregnancy test. ...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

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For about a week now I been having diarrhea and I am starting to get extreme headaches. I am also late on my period. What could cause this?

For about a week now I been having diarrhea and I am starting to get extreme headaches. I am also late on my period. What could cause this?

First, pregnancy tes: If you missed your period, the first thing is always, check a pregnancy test. Pregnancy can cause these symptoms. ...Read more

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I have diarrhea it started three days ago and now I'm on my period what caused this problem and how do I get rid of it? I have diarrhea it started three days ago and now I'm on my period what caused this problem and how do I get rid of it?

I have diarrhea it started three days ago and now I'm on my period what caused this problem and how do I get rid of it? I have diarrhea it started three days ago and now I'm on my period what caused this problem and how do I get rid of it?

Diarrhea: Diarrhea can be caused by food that is spoiled, by a virus, or by a bacteria. Try to stay well hydrated and eat foods such as bananas, soft nonspicy foods, or rice to calm your stomach. Avoid dairy, fruit, and vegetables, or greasy foods. You can try an over the counter diarrhea medication; ask your pharmacist for a recommendation. If you have increased diarrhea, any blood, mucous, or tissue in the stool; if you have been on antibiotics in the past month or so, or if you have fever or abdominal pain then you would have to be seen immediately. ...Read more

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My period comes on every 3 weeks for 3 days. I get severe cramps, headaches, and diarrhea.

My period comes on every 3 weeks for 3 days. I get severe cramps, headaches, and diarrhea.

Ob-Gyn can evaluate: Menstrual cycles are usually 28 days, but a few women have normal 21-day cycles. However, severe cramps are not normal, so an ob-gyn doctor can evaluate to see what the problem is, and to see why there is also diarrhea and headaches. Severe menstrual pain may be endometriosis, which causes some bleeding inside the abdomen during a woman's periods, and needs medical treatment. ...Read more

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I'm 34. I always get diarrhea on the first day of my period. Any thoughts what could cause it? I do not have endometriosis by ultrasound.

Yes: Periods are controlled by the lower part of the brain and you have ibs that is caused by an unwanted message to the bowel. Ibs is often a part of pms and the commonest cause by far is poor diet, especially sugar. ...Read more

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I regularly get very intense cramps and diarrhea at the start of my period every month. What can I do to minimize the cramping and diarrhea?

I regularly get very intense cramps and diarrhea at the start of my period every month. What can I do to minimize the cramping and diarrhea?

Period cramps: The best 1st option is high dose ibuprofen. The sooner you take it, the better it works so don't wait for things to get worse. Dose is 800mg every 8 hours for up to 3 days. Take with food or it can upset your stomach. Do not take if you have a history of gastritis or stomach ulcers or were otherwise told not to take ibuprofen. If this doesn't work, seek help. It will probably help the diarrhea too ...Read more

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I have my period and I usually get nauseous sometimes lightheaded and diarrhea what can I do to help these symptoms?

I have my period and I usually get nauseous sometimes lightheaded and diarrhea what can I do to help these symptoms?

Pelvic stability: Lightheadedness, diarrhea, & nauseousness at menses suggests autonomic nervous system hyperactivity. My own idiosyncratic theory is parasympathetic excitation aroused by pelvic girdle instability secondary to relaxin hormone secretion; cause of loose pelvic girdle joints. Near-term, try spanx or sacroiliac joint belt. For long term yoga might increase stability & pelvic muscle tone; hopefully. ...Read more

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I am to get my period tomorrow and I have cramps, but I also have diarrhea. My husband and I are trying to have a baby. Do you think im pregnant?

Check: Diarrhea isn't a symptom of pregnancy. Please take a pregnancy test to find out. If negative tomorrow and you still don't get your period, then recheck in a few days. ...Read more

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I had sex 5 days ago and I was supposed to get my period yesterday but I didnt. I had diarrhea yesterday and I have slight cramps. Could I be pregnant.?

I had sex 5 days ago and I was supposed to get my period yesterday but I didnt. I had diarrhea yesterday and I have slight cramps. Could I be pregnant.?

Too early to tell: The earliest a pregnancy test becomes positive is about 7 days after conception. Also, conception may occur several days after you had sex, so you are much too early too tell if you are pregnant from sex 5 days ago. ...Read more

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I'm due for my period on Monday. I don't usually get any PMS symptoms but all this week I have had diarrhea, light pink spotting, mild cramping, lower?

I'm due for my period on Monday. I don't usually get any PMS symptoms but all this week I have had diarrhea, light pink spotting, mild cramping, lower?

Observation: Diarrhea with cramping and lower back pain most likely have nothing to to with period. But intermediate illness may postpone your period. Just observe what happens next and go to the doctor if problems persist. ...Read more

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Everytime my period comes I vomit and get diarrhea do I need to take birth control tablets to control this?

Everytime my period comes I vomit and get diarrhea do I need to take birth control tablets to control this?

Endometriosis?: It is possible that you have endometriosis causing diarrhea. Before talking about treatment you need a diagnosis. See your gyn. ...Read more

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I had protected sex and he ejaculated inside of me with the condom on... I'm supposed to get my period either today or in two days and my breasts have gotten tender and I have minor diarrhea?

I had protected sex and he ejaculated inside of me with the condom on... I'm supposed to get my period either today or in two days and my breasts have gotten tender and I have minor diarrhea?

Doubt pregnancy: Most likely you will have your period when due. The chance of getting pregnant with one episode of intercourse correctly using a condom isn't zero but it isn't very high. If you miss your period get a pregnancy test. If more intercourse is in your future, you might consider a more effective method such as an implant, injection, pill, etc. Condoms are still best at preventing STDs. ...Read more

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After I eat anything I get super bloated right away, then upset stomach and diarrhea. Mostly at dinner time. I'm on my period 2nd day. Start 3 days ago?

After I eat anything I get super bloated right away, then upset stomach and diarrhea. Mostly at dinner time. I'm on my period 2nd day. Start 3 days ago?

Diarrea post prandia: DanielleH~ this may be due to a condition called "post prandial dumping" and in a young woman it could be termed "idiopathic", in that no specific reason is obvious. Having said that its thought to be caused by eating big meals fast, and that delivers LARGE sugar load to small intestine. And the 3 conds above. See your doc and eat smaller meals, with less carbs and this shd help thx ...Read more

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I'm regular on my period had unprotected sex a day after my fertile days 4 days after that I'm experiencing diarrhea morning sickness and stomach ache also some moly discharge this was a week and a half ago im supossed to get my period in 4 days can I be

I'm regular on my period had unprotected sex a day after my fertile days 4 days after that I'm experiencing diarrhea morning sickness and stomach ache also some moly discharge this was a week and a half ago im supossed to get my period in 4 days can I be

Pregnant?: Your chance of not being pregnant is higher than your being pregnant. You had sex a day after your fertile days. After 24 hours surivival of an egg diminishes by each passing hours. Take a pregnancy test if you miss your period. ...Read more

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Is there any way to prevent having diarrhoea during my period?

Is there any way to prevent having diarrhoea during my period?

Loperamide: Try this medicine. Over the counter. 2 mg pill with each bowel movement. Don't exceed 16 mg per day ...Read more

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I always have diahrrea a couple of days before and after my period. Is this common?

I always have diahrrea a couple of days before and after my period. Is this common?

Yes: Cells in the uterus produce a chemical called prostaglandins. Prostaglandins stimulate smooth muscles in both the uterus ; in some women they also stimulate smooth muscle of the bowel. As the smooth muscles are stimulated in the uterus it allows the uterus to expel excess inner lining tissue. As smooth muscle in the intenstines are stimulated it propels feces rapidly through the colon. Because of. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

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Menstrual Period (Definition)

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