Heavy menstrual bleeding – Menorrhagia

Heavy menstrual bleeding can be either losing lot of blood (much higher than usual) during menstruation or the typical 5 day periods getting extended to 7 or more number of days. You will easily know if your bleeding is more than normal as you will end up changing your pads or tampons or menstrual cup more frequently than usual. You may even have to change your pads in the middle of the night. This can be associated with severe abdominal cramps that are more painful than usual.  Usually it is not common to become anemia due to heavy menstrual bleeding but there always exists a risk of becoming anemic. Causes of heavy menstrual bleeding may include hormonal imbalance, irregular functioning of ovaries, endometriosis, Adenomyosis etc.

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Endometrial Cancer

Endometrium is the inner lining of the uterus. The lining of the uterus starts forming at the beginning of the menstrual cycle and when the egg is not fertilized, the layer is shed during menstruation at the end of the cycle. Endometrial cancer refers to the growth of cancer cells in the endometrial layer. Endometrial cancer is also referred to uterine cancer or cancer of the uterus. Symptoms of endometrial cancer include heavy menstrual bleeding, bleeding after menopause, spotting between periods, pain in pelvis or abdominal region.

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Hyperemesis Gravidarum – Morning sickness during pregnancy

Morning sickness during pregnancy refers to the extremely nauseated feeling and vomiting during the initial days of pregnancy, typically during the first trimester. The feeling of nausea and vomiting is common during pregnancy but the extreme condition is called ‘Hyperemesis Gravidarum’.  Severe vomiting can lead to dehydration and weakness as anything that is consumed is thrown up. Loss of appetite can also be a symptom of morning sickness.

Rapid increase in production of HCG in a pregnant woman’s body is usually found to be the cause of morning sickness. Symptoms of morning sickness include vomiting more than 4 times in a day, extreme fatigue, loss of body weight etc.

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Stress incontinence in women

Incontinence is a condition when a person doesn’t have control over his/her pee and the urine comes out involuntarily when pressure is applied on the abdomen. The pressure can be due to cough, sneeze or because of lifting heavy weights. As the urine leaks out when stress is laid on the abdominal area, this is called Stress Incontinence. Incontinence is more common in women than men. Age, multiple vaginal child births, pregnancy cause the pelvic floor muscles to weaken and the muscles around the bladder may not function as they should.

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Dry vagina after delivering a baby?

Once you deliver a baby, you may not have periods for a couple of months after which your menstrual cycle should return to normal. That will include, your vagina getting wet when you are in a mood to get intimate with your partner. This is a natural process in the body indicating that it is ready for sexual intercourse and may be for another pregnancy.

However, in some women, vagina remains dry even when they are mentally ready to get intimate with their partner. This is most often due to the imbalance of hormones or lowered production of hormones. Having sex on dry vagina can be more painful than a pleasure giving one. Artificial lubrication may come handy at this time.

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