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Why Do My Varicose Veins Throb During My Menstrual Cycle
Hormones play a role: Female hormones such as estrogen fluctuate in our menstral cycle and affect the "stretchiness" of our veins. This in turn causes the veins to enlarge which makes them throb. Some women will report similar symptoms on hormone therapy and during pregnancy, when our estrogen levels tend to fluctuate. If you have significant symptoms, consider wearing compression stockings and see a vein specialist. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
A condition characterized by dilated and elongated veins that are usually found in the legs but can affect different parts of the body. Normal veins have valves that prevent the backflow of blood and help resist gravity while blood moves back to the heart. In varicose veins, the valves are dysfunctional so blood moves forward and back, causing the enlarged vessels. Varicose veins can be painful. Often the pain worsens after standing for ...Read more
Nerve connection: There is a major nerve complex in the pelvis that leads to the reproductive organs and your legs.(Lumbosacral complex). Endometriosis patients often complain of radiating or aching leg pain with their periods. Have a GYN MD check out your situation to be sure that isn't the case. ...Read more
Hormonal fluctuation: Drs. White and w-k have given very nice answers and i agree with them entirely. The major issue is hormonal fluctuation just before your period starts. Progesterone causes veins to dilate. This allows them to hold more blood and have higher pressure. Higher pressure in veins causes inflammation and pain. A soon as your period starts, Progesterone levels drop, vein shrink and your pain lessens. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Hormones: Your period is essentially the shedding of the uterine lining that was built up by hormones to receive a fertilized egg, (ie baby). The tenderness you are feeling is the hormones that build up the uterine lining having the same effect on building up you breast glands to be able to provide milk for that baby. If no egg is fertilized, the process stops. If you are pregnant they keep growing. ...Read more
Vasoconstriction: The arterioles of the uterus/endometrium as well as the rest of your body are undergoing vasoconstriction or tightening of the blood vessels which causes a slight increase in your blood pressure. Marked elevations of BP at menses would suggest that you monitor your BP carefully ALL THE CYCLE to determine if it is essential hypertension(high blood pressure) that needs Rx. ...Read more
Fluid retention: Many women retain fluid at time of their periods. You might try eating diuretic foods or drinking diuretic teas. Some women also benefit from taking a low dose of a diuretic medication called hydrochlorathiazide. A typical dose would be 25 mg daily. You can talk to your doctor about whether this may be a good idea for you. ...Read more
Why is my period too light?Can antibiotics and the reason that i had my first time intercourse affect my menstrual cycle?
During my period i get backaches headaches and my legs swell up and are painful. What would cause this?
Nerves: The nerves that come from your uterus into your spine also come from your legs and back. It is called referred pain and is reflection of how your nervous system is wired. Use motrin or better start birth control pill patch or ring and menstrual symptoms will decrease substantially. ...Read more
My boobs are normally sore&swell around the time my menstrual cycle coming.This week my boobs seem slighty swelled then usual, pain near my armpit to?
Breast swelling: It is very normal and common for breasts to swell before or around the time of a woman's menstrual cycle. Also, it often varies from month to month, so that is not unusual either. I guess I'm a little concerned that you have pain near one of your armpits. If it goes away completely after your period, you're probably fine. But if it worsens or persists, I would see your doctor to get checked out. ...Read more
Menstrual Symptoms: Symptoms associated with menstruation vary from person to person, as does the severity and tolerance of these symptoms. Make sure you are well hydrated, getting adequate rest and good nutrition. Your provider may be able to prescribe something to lessen the severity of your symptoms. ...Read more
What effect do the bowels and menstruating uterus have on each other? During my period my cramps cause my BMs to hurt & my BMs cause my uterus to hurt
Dysmennorea: Nicole875, you are describing period pain or dysmennorrea accurately. Periods cause bowel cramps because periods cause uterine cramps as the blood of the period is extruded. The physiology of this is the same as what causes the bowel to cramp and so periods are often associated with crampy bowels. See your doctor to get relief if bad thanks ...Read more
Period: This can be totally normal.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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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