A period is a segment of the menstrual cycle where a woman bleeds from the vagina for a few days. Periods usually start around 12 years of age, but some girls will start a bit earlier or later. A regular period will develop from the age of 16 to 18.

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When I had sex last time, the condom burst, and I took an emergency pill. Will it affect my periods?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a concern. When I had sex last time, the condom burst at night. Then early morning, I decided to take an emergency contraceptive pill before 12 hours was gone. My period was the next day, but I did not have it. I have had pinkish discharge then and I have mild cramping sometimes...  Read Full »

Dr. Ezinne Okeoma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Since your period was due the next day, chances of getting pregnant are quite slim except in very rare cases. Also, taking the after-pill morning helps with reducing the chances of that. I think you should wait till a week, and if the period does not begin, go to th...  Read Full »

What are the signs of abnormal period?

Query: Hello doctor, How to tell if your period is normal? What are the signs that your period may not be normal like what are the hallmarks of a regular period and what does it mean if you have a short or long cycle, heavy or light flow, PMS or cramps, spotting, etc.  Read Full »

Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Answer: Hi, Welcome to A normal menstrual cycle is with a cycle length of 21 to 40 days and lasting for 3 to 4 days to a week. Any deviation from this could be because of hormonal changes, low blood count or thyroid disorder. Passage of clots, changing more than 5 to 6 pads per day, severe dy...  Read Full »

I get my cycles regularly. But I want to delay them this time. How do I do that?

Query: Hello doctor, I got my periods last week of the previous month, and I have my next period in the last week of this month. It is my birthday, and I want to travel this time. Is there any possibility of delaying periods for 3 to 4 days so that I do not get my periods at the end of this month? Please ...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. There are various tablets to delay periods. These tablets prevent the shedding of the uterus lining. If you have no other health issues and no blood or artery-related problems, I recommend taking tablet Deviry...  Read Full »

I have a regular menstrual cycle, and every time I try to conceive, I get my periods. Why is this happening?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been married for three months and have a regular menstrual cycle of 28 days. And every time I try to conceive, I get my periods. Could you please tell me what the problem must be? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. In my opinion, for getting pregnant, the sperms have to be released inside the vagina of the female. These sperms then need to fertilize an egg that is generally available around the female's ovulation period, whi...  Read Full »

Can I get pregnant, and how much menstrual bleeding will I have if one fallopian tube is removed?

Query: Hi doctor,I had my left fallopian tube removed due to an ectopic pregnancy. How could I get pregnant if the egg gets released from my left ovary? It does not have a tube to travel and fuse with the sperm.My second question is, how much will I bleed during menstruation as I do not have a fallopian tu...  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Fallopian tubes are mobile and active parts of your reproductive tract. When one tube is absent, the other can move over to the opposite ovary and pick up an available egg. It is said that fertility could be slightly reduced, bu...  Read Full »

What makes a woman bleed after intercourse for the first time?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected intercourse for the first time one month ago. That day itself, bleeding started. I am not sure whether the bleeding I had was menstrual bleeding or because of the I-pill that I took. The bleeding lasted for seven days, and it was very light on the last two days. I too...  Read Full »

Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Since you had emergency pill within 72 hours of intercourse there is no chance of pregnancy. Also you say that you had bleeding after taking the pill. So relax and do not worry. There is no chance of pregnancy. Take care.  Read Full »

Why is my vagina dry and sore after using sanitary pads?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21-year-old girl. Two weeks ago, after I finished my periods, I notice my vagina was irritated. This happened before when using sanitary napkins and took about two weeks to go. My vagina is sore and dry, but I noticed it hurting when I have intercourse with my boyfriend. The itchi...  Read Full »

Dr. Shivpal Saini

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Just after the menstrual period, your vaginal mucosa is more friable, and it is not as much lubricant. So in that situation, you or your partner can use Lignocaine 2% jelly as a lubricating agent. It will provide a better experience, and you will not get pain during...  Read Full »

Can sperms penetrate multiple layers of clothes and cause pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I was sitting on my boyfriend's private parts when he had ejaculation in his tight and thin underwear. I was wearing innerwear and lounge shorts, and there was a small spot on my shorts that seemed to be cum. My innerwear was wet, which I am assuming is from me. Even though I did not kno...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I fully understand your concern and will surely help you. Firstly I wish to tell you that please do not panic. You are completely safe from pregnancy. For getting pregnant, the sperms have to be ejaculated inside the vagina of the female. These sperms then need t...  Read Full »

Can a lactating mother take the COVID vaccine?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a feeding mother. My baby is 18 months old boy. Can I take the Covishield vaccine? Will this not affect my kid? Since the vaccine is not approved for kids, if I take will my kid not get any effect? Kindly give your opinion.  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your history and understand your concerns. Yes, you can go for the Covishield vaccination. It will not affect your baby (new guidelines of ICMR (Indian council of medical research) suggesting the same). I hope this was helpful.  Read Full »

Is it possible to have periods till three months of pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, Is it possible to have periods till the third month of pregnancy? I had intercourse with my partner on the seventeenth, three months back, and I had periods for three months after that at the appropriate time. But this month my period is missed. I tested with a kit after periods followin...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and will surely help you. It is a very rare situation when a female experiences period even when she is pregnant. But besides missed or delayed periods, are you experiencing any other pregnancy signs in your body like breast tenderness, fati...  Read Full »

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