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Womens healthcare needs are so different from men. Women often need to address reoccurring health problems men never have to deal with. For example, women have to see the doctor like it or not, for the contraceptive pill. Did you know you can order your medications online and skip a doctors visit? All you have to do is set up an online doctors consultation and you will receive (after approval) your medication within 2 days. It is as easy as that!

Contraceptive pill

The birth control pill is one of the most commonly used contraceptive pill. You can obtain a prescription simply via our online doctor's consultation. Using the pill prevents an unwanted pregnancy and regulates or reduces most menstrual symptoms. Ask our doctor to find out what prescription is right for you.

Morning after pill

It is not unusual for a woman to forget to take her birth control pill or accidently have unprotected sex from a spontaneous encounter. The morning after pill gives women a choice and reduces their chance of getting pregnant. No need to feel guilty, or have anxiety over what to do. Just keep the morning after pill in your medicine cabinet in case you forget to take your regular medications.

Postpone menstruation

There are times when it is not pleasant to be on your period. Like when you just planned a nice weekend getaway, a vacation, a wedding or during a test. We can get you in contact with a doctor and offer help to postpone your menstruation. Several treatments are available at the pharmacies collaborating.

All about menstruation: 25 answers to stupid and shameful questions

1. Is it possible to get pregnant during menstruation?

Yes. Most often, the fertility window (the so-called period when conception is most likely) occurs on the 10-14th days of the cycle. But sometimes - even with a regular cycle - it can shift unpredictably The timing of the “fertile window” in the menstrual cycle: day specific estimates from a prospective study. This means that there remains a risk of becoming pregnant even during menstruation.

2. If your stomach hurts - is this normal?

Not. Menstruation can be uncomfortable, but this discomfort often does not affect the quality of life. Moreover, pain can be reduced.

But if convulsions and heavy bleeding become really exhausting, this is an alarming signal. Maybe it's menorrhagia Why Is My Period So Heavy? - so-called menstruation disorders, which are accompanied by excessive secretions.

If you notice that there is more blood than usual, and the cramps become more painful, be sure to consult a gynecologist to exclude hormonal failure, uterine fibroids, circulatory disorders, and other possible diseases.

3. Is it possible to do sports during menstruation?

It is possible and even necessary. According to some reports The role of exercise in the treatment of menstrual disorders: the evidence, physical exercises - especially aerobic (walking, running, swimming, Zumba, Pilates, yoga) and stretching - can reduce pain caused by uterine cramps.

However, we note that it is important to listen to the needs of the body. If you feel weakness and pain that discourage any desire to work hard, it’s better to give up training, transfer your hard work, and instead go to a gynecologist for a consultation.

4. Is it possible to swim during menstruation in open ponds and pools? What if something gets there?

If you use tampons, the risks are minimal. Swim to health. This recommendation applies even to cases where sharks are found in your favorite reservoir. Life hacker already wrote: there is not a single confirmed case when a predator would attack a swimmer during menstruation. In general, sharks for some reason prefer to hunt men.

5. Is it true that menstruation stops in the water?

Not. And when you swim, and when you relax in the bath, the uterus is still contracting, and menstruation continues.

The only nuance is that water blocks the flow of blood. Because of this, it seems that less blood is released during water procedures. But as soon as you come to the (conditionally) shore, all the blood accumulated during the voyage will rush to the exit and menstruation will continue as usual.

6. How long can I wear one swab?

Doctors recommend Toxic shock syndrome swab every 4–8 hours. But there is an extremely rare, but very dangerous complication associated with the prolonged use of hygiene products. This is a toxic shock. It is caused by bacteria that normally live on the skin. Sometimes they penetrate the fibers of the swab and begin to multiply rapidly there, simultaneously emitting a huge amount of toxins. The consequence of this is severe intoxication, sometimes even fatal.

If you do not remember exactly when the swab was changed, but you begin to feel like in the first days of the flu (fever, chills, weakness, headache, nausea), urgently call an ambulance.

7. Can a tampon get lost inside? For example, fall into the uterus?

Excluded. The vagina is not as deep as it may seem: its length, even in an excited state, does not exceed 17–18 cm. When something enters it, it somehow rests against an extremely narrow area - the cervix.

The cervix is ​​a protective barrier that does not allow anything superfluous: neither foreign bacteria nor any mechanical particles. Including, of course, a tampon. He just has nowhere to fall through.

8. How much blood should be released during menstruation?

The average Periods - 30–70 ml (2–5 tablespoons) for the entire period of menstruation - it does not matter if it lasts three days or a week.

9. I am losing more blood! It is very dangerous?

It depends on what “more” means. If this word means a volume of just over 4 tablespoons, then, in general, this is normal. The fact is that menstrual fluid is not only blood. She includes How Much Blood Do You Lose on Your Period? also particles of the uterine mucosa.

The concept of “normal menstrual fluid volume” varies over a fairly wide range. In addition, each menstruation is individual: sometimes there is less discharge, sometimes more. Therefore, if you do not experience painful cramps, nausea, severe weakness and other unusual symptoms, most likely you are all right.

Truly dangerous blood loss is rare. But be prepared to consult a gynecologist as soon as possible if:

  • Blood soaks one or more pads (tampons) per hour for several hours.
  • To prevent leaks, you have to use double protection: both the swab and the pad at the same time.
  • Bleeding lasts more than 7 days.
  • Menstruation is so painful that you have to change plans because of them.
  • Menstruation is accompanied by severe weakness, fatigue, dizziness, and other signs of blood loss.

10. Is it normal that clots stand out?

Yes. Clots are particles of the uterine mucosa that is rejected during menstruation. If their diameter is not more than 2–2.5 cm, you can not worry.

If there are more clots, be sure to contact a gynecologist. Such discharge often occurs with cysts, polyps, uterine fibroids. It is necessary to establish their cause and undergo treatment results.

11. If the test showed pregnancy, and then the blood went - is it a miscarriage?

Is not a fact. There are several options. Five reasons for false-positive pregnancy tests.

  • Two stripes were a mistake. This happens if, for example, you violated the instructions and allowed the test to stay in the urine longer than recommended. Or the test was expired.
  • You have increased levels of chorionic gonadotropin (it is referred to as HCG or hCG). As a rule, the level of this hormone increases during pregnancy, and it is it that is fixed by standard tests, showing a second strip. However, in some cases, hCG may increase for non-pregnancy reasons. For example, due to taking medications for infertility. Or because of health problems: often hCG grows with cysts and ovarian tumors, some kidney diseases, urinary tract infections, and so on.
  • You really had an early miscarriage. Most often, this happens when there are chromosomal abnormalities in the fertilized egg and the uterus rejects the fetal egg shortly after implantation. According to statistics Miscarriage, The American Association of Pregnant Women, 50–75% of all miscarriages are attributed to this early species.

Be that as it may, if the test showed two strips, and menstruation soon began, it is necessary to see a gynecologist. Only a doctor can determine why this happened and exclude possible dangerous violations.

12. If menstruation has not occurred, is it pregnancy?

In most cases, if you are healthy and sexually active, yes. Menstruation that does not arrive on time is a definite reason to buy a test and consult a gynecologist.

However, sometimes skipping menstruation has nothing to do with pregnancy. The reason for the delay can be various factors: from hormonal disruptions to changing time zones, lack of nutrients or stress. Nevertheless, it is worth consulting with a gynecologist.

13. And if menstruation has come, is it definitely not pregnancy?

Almost certainly. If you began to discharge the usual volume, then you are not pregnant Am I Pregnant? FAQs On Early Pregnancy.

It is important to note that about 25-30% of women in early pregnancy observe spot. Their causes can be very different: from completely normal bleeding of implantation to developing an infection.

However, confusing them with real menstruation is almost impossible: they are too meager and short-lived.

14. How should menstruation smell?

Normal - nothing. More precisely, you should not feel any special aroma until you begin to sniff especially. And when you start, you will only feel the metallic smell of blood with the slightest admixture of vaginal amber.

Strong, pungent, tangible smell Why Does My Period Smell? often he talks about infection. Therefore, do not try to simply disguise it - be sure to consult a gynecologist!

And you definitely need to go to the doctor if, in addition to the unusually strong smell, you note:

  • Highlight yellow or green.
  • Menstruation is more painful than usual.
  • Pain and discomfort in the stomach and/or pelvis.
  • Temperature rise.

Such symptoms clearly indicate that inflammation is developing somewhere inside.

15. Is it normal that cough and shortness of breath appear during menstruation?

Rather, this is one of the options for the norm. Menstruation is accompanied by a decrease in the level of the female hormone estrogen, and a deficiency affects Lung function changes in relation to the menstrual cycle in females with cystic fibrosis at work lungs. As a result, cough and slight shortness of breath may appear, which pass along with menstruation.

16. The onset of menstruation can be determined by voice?

A study conducted in 2011 showed Do Women's Voices Provide Cues of the Likelihood of Ovulation? The importance of sampling regime that during menstruation in women there are significant changes in the characteristics of the voice. In general terms: before ovulation, female “vocals” become higher and more melodic, speech speed increases, and by the time the timbre and tempo decrease. Some young ladies have such an extent that it becomes apparent even to uninitiated ears.

17. Is it true that with PMS, women become nervous and unpredictable?

Rather, more impulsive. For example, set Women's spending behavior is menstrual-cycle sensitive that right before menstruation, women spend money more actively and make rash purchases. This is due to the fact that young women experience physical discomfort and are looking for ways to feel better. Excessive impulsive shopping is one of them.

18. Do you get stupid during your period?

Hormonal fluctuations can actually impair memory and concentration in at least some No, Period Brain Is Not Actually a Thing women. Physical discomfort also plays a role: experiencing unpleasant sensations in the uterus, women are distracted, get tired faster, become less focused. But talking about a decrease in mental abilities, in this case, is the same as assuming that people are getting stupid during a cold.

19. Is it possible to dye hair during menstruation?

There is an idea that hormonal fluctuations during menstruation somehow change the properties of the hair, because of which the paint does not go well. But professional hairdressers do not confirm this The Truth About 6 Hair-Color Myths. The result of staining does not depend on the day of the cycle, so bring beauty when you want.

20. And eyelash extensions?

Can. Menstruation does not change the properties of the hair, so the procedure for gluing “extensions” to the cilia will be exactly the same as on any other day of the cycle.

21. They say that you don’t need to go to the dentist or for depilation during your period, because it will be more painful. It's true?

Yes, but only in part. Indeed, the pain threshold is changing Pain perception across the menstrual cycle phases in women with chronic pain. depending on the phase of the cycle. A week before menstruation, it decreases. This means that dental treatment or, say, sugaring, will seem more unpleasant to you than usual.

But after the end of menstruation and right up to ovulation, the pain threshold, on the contrary, grows. So it is worth prescribing any painful procedures for these periods.

22. Is it possible to take tests during menstruation?

Much depends on what kind of analysis we are talking about. For example, the hemoglobin level during blood loss naturally decreases, so measuring it during menstruation will be a mistake. Monthly cholesterol is higher Menstrual Cycle Affects Cholesterol Levels than before and after them. If you take pain medications, they can also affect the results of the tests.

Therefore, if possible, postpone blood and urine tests until menstruation is complete. If the analysis is urgent, be sure to consult your doctor so that he decrypts the results, making an adjustment for the phase of your cycle.

23. Is it possible to put vaginal suppositories during menstruation?

You can bet. But it must be borne in mind that bleeding can wash off the drug before it even works. This means that the effectiveness of treatment will decrease. This situation, as a rule, is prescribed in the instructions for specific suppositories.

Candles in most cases are prescribed by a course that should not be interrupted. Therefore, there are two solutions to the problem:

Start the course in such a way as to complete it before the onset of menstruation. For example, if your candles are designed for 10 days of use, you should start the course no later than 11-13 days before the planned start of your period.
Use flush resistant candles. Such suppositories are quite rare and cost more than their washable "colleagues." Ask your gynecologist about which ones to prefer.

24. Is it possible to call the period to the right time?

In general, yes. The most effective way is to start taking birth control pills in a cycle preceding the desired date. In this case, menstruation begins in a day or two after you stop taking the pills.

Other ways to cause menstruation include a variety of physical methods. For example, you can take a hot bath or have sex. However, the effectiveness of such methods is much lower. And in any case, they absolutely can not be used if you suspect a pregnancy.

25. What to drink or eat to delay the period?

Neither food nor drink affects the period of the onset of menstruation. If you want to postpone your period, only hormonal drugs, in particular, birth control pills, will help. Menstruation will not come until you stop taking it.