Menstrual Cycle

The changes that occur in the reproductive system of females, which makes pregnancy possible is called the menstrual cycle. This occurs from the rise and fall of hormones estrogen and progesterone, that results in thickening of the uterus lining and the growth of an egg.

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I have been having a constant period for about four to five months. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having a constant period for about four to five months. My general practitioner has had many tests done, and everything has come back clear. He has sent a referral for a specialist but said the appointment could take up to 12 weeks. I wanted to hear from someone sooner as ...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have been on combined oral contraceptive pills for the last three years, and you have had constant bleeding for three to four months. Oral contraceptives are hormones having side effects like irregular bleeding or spotting, venous thromboembolism, stroke, high bloo...  Read Full »

I am a 38-year-old female with long periods for the past eight days and still counting. My last menstrual cycle was about six months ago. Is it normal for my age?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 38 years old and have been having menstruation for the past eight days and still counting. My previous menstruation was seven months ago. And then it followed the next month and continues to the present. Is this normal for my age? And this has happened for the first time. Also, I have...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. It would be better if you send me your complete medical, gynecological, obstetrics, and drug history. If this has developed recently, it should be investigated and if you have symptoms of anemia, dizziness, faintin...  Read Full »

I get irregular periods due to a thyroid problem despite taking medicines. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have started taking a birth control pill to regulate my period cycle. I am having irregular periods for a very long time. However, despite taking birth control pills, my periods have continued to be irregular. I also noticed an increase in negative symptoms like difficulty falling as...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. For an irregular period cycle, the following can be the various causes, _Thyroid hormone imbalance. _Hormonal imbalance. _Depression. _Anxiety. _Pelvic inflammatory disease. _Smoking. _Diabetes. _Ovarian...  Read Full »

After how many days of periods, sex should not happen to avoid pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor,How many days after my period should I refrain from sex to avoid pregnancy?  Read Full »

Dr. Chandwadkar Ashish

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your question actually pertains to a natural birth control method called the rhythm method calendar method (you can search for it online). Let me tell you, the safe days are the ones you can actually have sex to avoid pregnancy, but this method is unreliable, and the...  Read Full »

I have not started menses two months after abortion. Please advice.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32 year old female. I took Breeky for abortion two months back which completed successfully. Now, I have not yet started menses. Please advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep V. Nair

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Normally, the periods take around two to three months to resume after taking tablet Breeky (Misoprostol). I see you have a high BMI (body mass index). That may be one reason for irregular periods. Also, hypothyroidism needs to be ruled out. Just check your TSH (thyro...  Read Full »

I feel more nauseous than usual during my period. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My symptoms started last night. Got my period yesterday afternoon. I feel more nauseous than usual during my period. I am also feeling woozy, and when I walk, it is a little unbalanced because of the wooziness. Also, my stomach is a bit upset, and I have been burping more than usual. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand all your concerns. You have irritable bowel, which sometimes comes with the period because of your stress and pain. Symptoms of irritable bowel include bloating, burping, and loose stools, which are relieved partially after defecation. The cond...  Read Full »

My period is due in three days. Is there still a chance I can get pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor, Today I had unprotected sex with my partner. In just three days my period is due. He pulled out and I am sure he did not come inside me. Is there still a chance I can get pregnant? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Firstly, you need to know the safe period concept during which you can even have unprotected sex and it does not cause pregnancy, but it is for regular 28 days cycle. A menstrual cycle is calculated from the first day of your period to the first day of the next peri...  Read Full »

Why has menstruation not started in my teenage daughter?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a daughter whose age is 15 years. She has not started menstruation. I want to know the reasons, please advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Megha Tuli

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Usually, girls start menstruating by the age of 15. If there are still no signs of menstruation then it is possible that she might be suffering from congenital gynecological malformation. There could be many reasons for that. It could be due to a thick membrane...  Read Full »

Can ovarian stimulation for IVF be started on the fifth day of menstruation?

Query: Hello doctor, I would like to know if the ovarian stimulation for IVF can be started on the fifth day of menstruation or if it is too late. My doctor said I should start the medication for ovarian stimulation on the fifth day of the menstruation because of her schedule, but normally I used to start ...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You can start the ovulation induction within the first five days of periods. The principle behind this is that the FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) starts to rise from the second day of the period, and by the fifth day, the follicles to be recruited t...  Read Full »

Why is my period irregular even after taking medication?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18-year-old female. I have had irregular periods. My doctor advised me to take Novelon tablets for 21 days. I took the pills for 21 days, and I got my periods with normal flow and lasted for eight days. Again my period came after one week. Can you please tell me if this is norm...  Read Full »

Dr. Manisha Raghunath Auradkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Irregular periods are treated with medications, and sometimes adverse effects of the same can be seen. It is likely because of the medicines. Are you taking the exact amount of dose your doctor has prescribed? Do not take excess or miss...  Read Full »

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