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Why Do Some Girls Get Light Periods And Others Get Heavy Seems To Be A Lot Of Variation
Variety: Variety is the spice of life, they say. If I knew the answer to that question, i'd probably get a nobel prize. ...Read more
My wife has had mirena (levonorgestrel) for 7 months and has had light periods every month, today has started very heavy. Should we get this checked out orwait a few?
Get checked: Most likely everything is fine but I like to check the location of the iud by exam and ultrasound when there is a distinct change in the bleeding pattern. ...Read more
Is there something wrong with me, or is it normal for girls to get really dry before their period?
Nothing Wrong: Hormonal shifts can affect vaginal lubrication.Get a more detailed answer ›
What should girls avoid eating and what should they eat instead, to get their periods on a regular basis.
Most do.: During menses your body releases prostaglandins a type of chemical that gives you cramps and makes you feel bloated, also during menses your body is naturally retaining water that's another reason for feeling bloated. Ibuprofen, advil, (ibuprofen) Naproxen help with cramps. Use of diuretics to help with bloating is debatable. ...Read more
Onset of menses?: Normal” puberty onset can range from ages 8-13 and takes, on average, 1.5-6 years to complete. Good documentation exists to establish that the average age of first menstruation in White U.S. girls has declined by several years, to an average of 13 years of age. It is not usually concerning for a girl not to have her first period until she reaches the age of 16 years. ...Read more
Often not known: Some have a high threshold for pain, others don't. Ur correct, some lucky women experience no pain with periods. Very severe menstrual pain can be associated with endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease. Pain is from uterine contractions which which vary in tensity from woman to woman. Possibly severe contractions in some, briefly reduce blood supply to uterine muscle causing increased pain. ...Read more
Confusing question: 1st Menses will generally occur within 3 years of nipple growth, and may be earlier or later than age 11. Delay past 15 is rare. The body develops according to an interplay between the genes that direct the process, the hormones that emerge from the brain and adrenal glands. The exact timing for this process is unpredictable, but the sequence of events is consistent. ...Read more
My (light) periods do not flow out a lot (on the pad) but when I go to loo they come out a lot when pushing. What cud be the problem? Is this worrying
Puberty varies: Currently, puberty changes seem to begin in girls at age 10. They may develop small breast buds and body odor. Generally rule of thumb is look for menstruation about 1-2 years after breast development starts. Use this time to review with child expected puberty changes. Have annual check up with Pedi to follow puberty growth and development. Once a period, make sure to start daily MVI (multivitamin) with iron ...Read more
No: Mild pain during periods is common, however severe pain could be a sign of other pathology like endometriosis, adenomyosis etc. More information will be needed such as your age, the timing of the pain, any alleviating factors, history of pain between periods and painful intercourse. ...Read more
10 to 13: Most girls have begun their periods by age 14. The average now is 11, which is earlier than a generation ago due to better nutrition and earlier sexual development in the usa. The closer one lives to the equator the earlier the start, and vice versa for the girls in countries in the extreme northern hemisphere. ...Read more
Some females: Also become bloated prior to their period. ...Read more
Can be normal: If this was a one time occurrence, it is likely a normal variation, and your periods should return to normal. If this continues, you'll need to see your gyn to be evaluated. If you were late, and there is a possibility you could be pregnant, you should be tested for that as well -- although your doctor will likely do that regardless. ...Read more
I normal have 3 light periods a year. I just lost 40 lbs and I now have been on my period for 2 months and it is very heavy. What could be wrong?
Is 2 days heavy period normal. The first day is spotting then the next 2 days very heavy then the 4 day nothing. It started after I has my 2 girls.
Mentruation: I suggest you check with your OB/GYN but the flow sounds normal ...Read more
I've had my merina iud in for 18 months no problem at all very light periods and sometimes no period but today I got a heavy p and the string isinplace?
Not all do: Some women complain of achy legs during cycles. The cause is not always known. It may improve with hydration and increase water intake. You could consider being checked for anemia and thyroid disease. Birth control pills will likely decrease the menstrual cycles and the symptoms that go along with them ...Read more
I know that girls that battle anorexia or extreme dieting lose their periods. Do they get it back?
Most do, not all: In order to get your periods back you must regain adequate weight. Exercise may interfere with return of menstruation, too, and (annoyingly) may need to be drastically limited during the recovery period, even after weight is adequate. Dieting is very bad for the hormones in nearly every setting. When periods do not return it is usually because of low weight&/or too much exercise. ...Read more
Have light periods, bright red and only when I get to the toilet. Happened the last 3 periods. Had BC sex (used properly- no symptoms of pregs). Help?
Not a bad thing.: If your exam is normal and you are otherwise healthy then light periods are not a problem. Sometimes if you are underweight or over worked or over stressed periods can actually disappear. Your periods do not have to produce any minimal amount of blood to be normal or for you to be healthy. Most women appreciate having light periods once they are confident there is no problem. ...Read more
I usually have light periods. It lasts about 3 days or 2. When I take iron tablets I noticed that my period comes heavy. Why?
Heavy periods: I personally have not heard an affiliation with iron tablets causing increased bleeding, I think this is just coincidence. It's likely you have low platelets developing in the later part of your period that makes your bleed more. Platelets are cells that help with slowing and stopping down bleeding. ...Read more
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