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Period problems

Period problems
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Period problems

For many women, periods are a monthly inconvenience although sometimes they can cause more concern. Learn more about common period problems in this section including heavy periods, irregular periods and premenstrual syndrome and more.

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Breastfeeding and periods

There are many factors that determine when your period will return when you are breastfeeding. Learn more about breastfeeding and periods here.

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Heavy periods

It could be a sign your periods are heavy if you are using more tampons or sanitary towels than usual, or blood is leaking through to your clothes and...

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Irregular periods

The length of your cycle may change from month to month. Any alteration in what you consider to be your normal cycle can be a cause for concern. Find ...

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Painful periods

Painful periods is most common in young women, and the pain often tends to ease as you get older. Learn more about the symptoms and treatments.

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual syndrome refers to symptoms that occur around the time of your period. There are several treatments available to help women manage their ...

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Retained object or tampon

Sometimes an object, such as a tampon, can become stuck in the vagina. There are several reasons why this happens, but it is important to know what to...


Toxic shock syndrome

Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) occurs when a bacteria releases poisonous toxins into the body’s bloodstream. Although it is rare you should still take pr...

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Periods | Jean Hailes

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The menstrual cycle is generally thought of in phases: the menses, the follicular phase, ovulation and the luteal (secretory) phase.

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Calendar Based Methods of Contraception | myVMC

Calendar based contraceptive methods prevent pregnancy by determining the fertile periods during the menstrual cycle and avoiding sexual intercourse or using alternative contraceptive methods on those days.

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Kids' Health - Topics - Periods - having a period

The word menstruation (say men-strew-ay-shun) comes from a Latin word 'mensis' which means month. Periods usually come about once a month.

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Basal Body Temperature Monitoring Contraceptive Method | myVMC

Basal body temperature monitoring is a contraceptive method which relies on the woman monitoring her basal body temperature on a daily basis to determine the periods of her menstrual cycle when she is and is not fertile.

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Fertility awareness (natural family planning)

Fertility awareness means not having sex during the fertile times in a womans menstrual cycle.

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Fertility Awareness Contraceptive Methods | myVMC

Fertility awareness contraceptive methods prevent pregnancy by relying on a woman monitoring her fertility throughout the menstrual cycle and avoiding sex on days of the cycle in which she is fertile. These methods are also known as periodic abstinence methods and natural contraceptive methods.

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Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a hormonal condition associated with irregular menstrual cycles, excess hair growth, acne, reduced fertility, and increased risk of diabetes and mood changes.

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Kids' Health - Topics - Periods - facts and questions

Here are some of the questions you have asked about menstruation (say men-stroo-ay-shun) (periods). If there is anything else you want to know, or things you can't understand, you can ask your question using the "Feedback" form (click on the "Feedback" link) and we will include it if we can.

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