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Your Menstrual Cycle: What's Normal, What's Not?

Too heavy? Too light? Too often? Missing? Here's what's normal and what's not when it comes to menstruation, and what you can do about menstrual cycle dysfunction. Plus, get advice on PMS and PMDD. Your menstrual cycle can vary from 22 to 35 days with normal menstrual flow lasting from three to seven days. What if your flow, or cycle frequency is different? Here's what you need to know about menstrual cycle dysfunction. Up to 30 percent of women of reproductive age have menstrual irregularities for which they seek medical attention.

Mittleschmerz: A Pain in the Pelvis

Those sharp pains mid-menstrual cycle? Most likely Mittleschmerz. Learn more about it, plus get tips on how to ease the discomfort. Aches and pains during menstruation are par for the course for many women. But some women experience pain in the middle of their cycle, which is caused by a condition called Mittleschmerz, a.k.a., painful ovulation. What causes painful ovulation and what can you do about it? Ovulation typically occurs about two weeks after the start of your period and two weeks before your next period starts.

Top Foods That Relieve Breast Tenderness

For most women, breast tenderness is no big deal. But for others, it can be downright painful. Learn how some dietary modifications may help bring relief. Bloating, bleeding, breast tenderness...the pleasures of the menstrual cycle. But we do have some control. For instance, the types of food we choose to eat (or not eat) may help relieve menstrual-related breast tenderness. The Link Between the Menstrual Cycle And Breast Tenderness Breast tenderness is usually caused by changes that happen in relation to a woman's menstrual cycle, especially during the days leading up to her period.

New Hope for Women With Endometriosis

Genetic variants linked to endometriosis provide promise for earlier diagnosis and better treatment. Approximately 176 million women worldwide are affected by endometriosis. Millions more don't know they have it—even though they have pelvic pain, irregular bleeding, and even infertility. And countless other women are at high risk for developing endometriosis in the future.

Menstrual Back Pain: How to Treat It Effectively

Unlike other types of muscular back pain, which go away and typically don't come back, menstrual back pain can be a frequent, unwelcome visitor. Millions of women suffer from menstrual back cramps every month.  Unlike other types of muscular back pain, which go away and typically don't come back, menstrual back pain can be a frequent, unwelcome visitor. Just like menstrual cramps, most menstrual back pain is caused by contractions of the uterus as it releases menstrual fluid.

Potential Risks of Common Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers

While over-the-counter pain relievers are convenient and readily available, they still come with certain risks. Aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen are readily available on your grocery and drug store shelves. No prescription is needed. Pop a couple and your pain, fever or headache disappear. While these common over-the-ounter (OTC) medications are generally safe, they're still powerful chemicals.

Could Fluctuating Hormones Be the Cause of Your Bloating?

Bloating is never pleasant, but uncomfortable and irritating. Not only is bloating caused by foods and stress, but can also be induced by hormones. Find out how this happens and what you can do to prevent it. Abdominal bloating-that uncomfortable feeling of tightness or fullness in the stomach caused by either a buildup of gas or fluid retention-is very common affecting about 30 percent of people. Bloating is especially common and bothersome in sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome and is the result of gas trapped inside the bowel.

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