Period Symptoms, But Period – 10 Causes and 6 Solutions

You’re feeling crampy, moody and tired. These all-too-familiar feelings come every month with Aunt Flow. But what happens if you have these symptoms without your period? Should you be worried, or is there a simple explanation for what you’re experiencing?

We’re going to share the reasons why you have period symptoms, what to do about it, and when you should see a doctor.

Common Period Symptoms

Some women are lucky enough to experience no symptoms during their periods, but for those that do, the condition is called PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome).

Most women have PMS symptoms at least once in their lives.

Common PMS symptoms include:period symptoms

  • Bloating
  • Cramps
  • Fatigue
  • Lower back pain
  • Aching joints and muscles
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Cravings for sweet or salty foods
  • Low libido
  • Breast tenderness
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Depressed mood
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Acne

Some women experience severe PMS symptoms, which includes severe mood swings, anxiety and pain.

Doctors are still unsure of what causes PMS, or why some women get it and others don’t. In many cases, PMS runs in the family.

Lifestyle and diet habits may also affect your chances of getting PMS. A lack of calcium, vitamin B6 and magnesium can contribute to the symptoms. Stress, excess caffeine and lack of exercise can also increase your risk of getting PMS.

10 Reasons You Have Period Symptoms, But No Period

You have all the classic PMS symptoms, but there’s no sign of your period in sight. What’s going on?

There are many reasons why you might have period symptoms with no period.

1. Pregnancy

As strange as it sounds, early signs of pregnancy are similar to PMS symptoms:pregnancy signs a woman may experience in her early pregnancy

  • Slight cramping
  • Breast tenderness
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Food aversions
  • Nausea
  • Mood swings

These are just a few of the many symptoms you may experience in early pregnancy, and most (if not all) are similar to period symptoms.

If you’re expecting your period, experiencing some symptoms and Aunt Flow is MIA, pregnancy may be the cause.

2. Anxiety and Stress

a woman with a stressed out look on her face. sorrounded by the words stressAre you feeling stressed out, or anxious? Stress, anxiety and tension can alter your body’s hormonal balance, which can lead to a delayed or missed period.

It can also cause “phantom” PMS symptoms around the time you would normally get your period.

If you’ve been stressed out, that may be the cause of your delayed period.

Doctors still don’t know why stress causes late or missed periods. What they do know is that stress suppresses the function of the hypothalamus, which controls the function of the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland controls the ovaries, adrenal glands and thyroid, which all work together to manage your body’s hormone levels.

Cortisol, the stress hormone, also plays a role in how much progesterone and estrogen your body produces.

3. Sudden Lifestyle or Diet Changes

a girl's head with a question mark on it between a light bulb filled with junk food and a light bulb filled with vegetablesMaking drastic changes to your diet or lifestyle can cause a delayed or missed period, so you might experience PMS symptoms without menstruating.

An inappropriate diet can mess with your cycle, especially if your diet has led to nutritional deficiencies. These deficiencies can disrupt the body’s natural hormone balance.

Losing or gaining a lot of weight in a short period of time can also throw your cycle off by affecting your body’s natural hormonal functional.

Strenuous exercise can also affect your period by impacting hormone levels in the body.

4. Illness and Medication

a woman without showing her face holding a glass of water and several pills in her handIf you’re suffering from an illness or taking certain medications, your normal cycle may be disrupted.

Certain chronic illnesses, like diabetes, affects hormonal functions. Anemia, which causes a decrease in red blood cells, may cause light menstrual bleeding.

Polycystic ovarian disease can also cause you to experience PMS symptoms without your period. This condition causes multiple cysts to develop on the ovaries, which can disrupt their normal function.

Certain medications, including hypoglycemic drugs for diabetes and antihypertensive drugs for high blood pressure also affect the body’s hormone function.

5. Menopause

As you enter menopause, a decline in hormones can lead to delayed or missed periods. It can also cause you to feel like your period is coming, even though it’s not.

If you’re under the age of 40, premature ovarian failure (or premature menopause) may be to blame. In this case, the ovaries stop functioning before you’re old enough to enter menopause.9 signs of premenopause

Common symptoms of premature menopause include:

  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Fertility issues
  • Irregular or missed periods
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Low libido

6. Ectopic Pregnancy

This form of pregnancy can make you feel like you’re getting your period when you’re not. It occurs when the fertilized egg implants itself outside of the uterus.

In many ways, an ectopic pregnancy feels just like a normal pregnancy. Common symptoms include:

  • Missed periodhuman anatomy. Ectopic pregnancies
  • Nausea
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Tenderness in the breasts
  • Frequent urination

Ectopic pregnancies can also present their own unique symptoms, including:

  • Abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Painful sex
  • Severe or heavy bleeding
  • Dizziness
  • Shoulder pain

7. Birth Control

Contraceptive pills can also conflict with your normal cycle, especially if you’ve just started taking them.

Birth control pills alter the body’s hormones to prevent ovulation. These pills contain both estrogen and progesterone, and they prevent estrogen levels from peaking mid-cycle.

Without that essential estrogen boost, the pituitary gland won’t release the other hormones that would otherwise cause the ovaries to release an egg.

The synthetic estrogen in these pills also support the endometrium (or uterine lining), which prevents mid-cycle bleeding.

Birth control can cause you to feel like you’re having your period, but without the bleeding. You’re far more likely to experience PMS symptoms early on when you first start taking the pills. Eventually, the body adapts, and the symptoms disappear.

8. Past Procedures

Past procedures, such as caesarean or abortion, or inflammation in the uterus can cause scarring. If scarring appears on the uterine lining, it becomes an inhospitable environment for a pregnancy.

The end result is a period without any bleeding.

9. Ovulation

If you’re experiencing period symptoms mid-cycle, ovulation may be the cause. When the egg is released from the fallopian tube, estrogen levels rise.

Higher estrogen levels can cause nausea, breast tenderness, anxiety, headache, depression, cramping and other period-like symptoms.

10. Obesity

back of a obese lady holding a glass of juice in her handYour weight may affect the regularity of your menstrual cycle. The female body naturally produces estrogen to create a comfortable environment for the fetus. But if you’re obese or severely overweight, your body may start accumulating fat cells that secrete estrone, a form estrogen.

Estrone mimics pregnancy, and prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg. Even though you’re not ovulating, blood continues to accumulate in the uterine wall. You may also experience period symptoms even though you’re not bleeding.

Because the blood continues to build, periods (when you finally get them) are exceptionally heavy and may go on for a week or more.

Other potential causes for cramping include:

  • Appendicitis (requires immediate medical attention)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Endometriosis
  • Miscarriage
  • PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease)

These causes require medical attention. A doctor will prescribe a treatment to alleviate your symptoms and tackle the problem at the root cause.

6 Things to Do to Alleviate Period Symptoms

Now that you know the potential causes of your period symptoms, you may be wondering what you can do about them.

1. Over-the-Counter Pain Meds

If you’re experiencing cramping, headaches and/or pain in your lower back, over-the-counter pain medications can help give you some relief.

OTC pain meds include:

  • Ibuprofen: Advil, Motrin, or a generic option.
  • Aspirin: Tylenol, or a generic option.
  • Naproxen Sodium: Aleve, or a generic option.

Be sure to follow the dosage directions on the bottle when taking pain medications. Some OTC pain relievers may interact with certain drugs, so check with your doctor before taking pain meds if you’re on medication for another medical condition.

2. Take a Pregnancy Test

If you suspect that pregnancy is the cause of your symptoms, consider taking a pregnancy test. Keep in mind, however, that pregnancy tests are only accurate after your missed period. If you’re expecting your period and it doesn’t arrive, an at-home test can confirm your pregnancy.

If the result is positive, make an appointment to see your doctor right away.

Even if the test is negative, consult with your doctor if you do not get your period. Your physician will help determine the underlying cause of your missed period.

3. Relax and De-stress

Stress, anxiety and tension can delay your period, or cause you to miss it altogether. It can also cause you to feel some PMS symptoms even though your period has not come yet. Taking steps to relax, unwind and de-stress can help normalize your cycle.

How can you relax and de-stress?silhluette of a lady facing sunset doing yoga at the seaside

  • Practice yoga. Yoga has been shown to reduce stress and tension after just a few sessions.
  • Meditate: Meditation has also been shown to reduce stress and anxiety while helping you adopt a more positive mindset.
  • Epsom Salt Bath: Soaking in a warm bath with Epsom salt can help melt away stress and anxiety. The magnesium sulfate in the salt has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety.
  • Massage: A soothing massage may be all that you need to get rid of the stress you’ve been carrying around. Whether you choose a full-body massage, or just use a neck and shoulder massager, you’ll feel the anxiety and tension disappear after your session.

If stress and anxiety is causing your PMS symptoms and delaying your period, make it a point to de-stress every day.

4. Maintain a Healthy Diet and Lifestyle

The food you eat and your lifestyle will affect your cycle. A poor diet rich in processed foods and a sedentary lifestyle can cause your cycle to be irregular. Irregularity can also cause you to experience PMS symptoms even though your period hasn’t arrived.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight can help normalize your cycle. While it may not bring you immediate relief, it’s a long-term solution that will help prevent symptoms in the future.

A healthy diet includes:all kinds of vegetables and healthy meat on a wooden table

  • Healthy fats
  • Plenty of fiber
  • Lots of green vegetables
  • Some fruits
  • Fresh fish
  • Lean meats

Some things to avoid when eating healthy include:

  • Caffeine
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Foods you are allergic or sensitive to
  • Trans fats or hydrogenated fats

If you’re not sure how to change your diet or what to eat, consult with your physician or a nutritionist for help.

5. Progesterone Cream

If estrogen dominance or menopause is causing you to have period symptoms without your period, progesterone cream may be able to help.

There are natural progesterone creams on the market that can help normalize your cycle or ease your menopause symptoms. Many women prefer natural progesterone, as they have fewer side effects.

Progesterone creams are applied from the day after ovulation until the day before menstruation.

Typically, progesterone creams contain:

  • USP Progesterone
  • Wild yam extract
  • Moisturizing oils

Opt for creams that are paraben- and BPA-free, as these both interfere with hormone production.

If you see USP progesterone listed as an ingredient, it simply means that the progesterone was clinically tested by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). Creams with this type of progesterone tend to be the most effective because they contain high quality ingredients.

6. Essential Oils

Essential oils are another great way to help regulate your cycle and relax.

Which essential oils can help?

  • Clary sage: Clary sage is believed to naturally balance hormone levels. Apply two drops to the lower abdomen, and then apply a warm compress for five minutes.
  • Cypress: Cypress essential oil has been shown to improve circulation, which can help relieve cramps.
  • Lavender: The scent of lavender is renowned for its relaxation properties. Apply to the lower abdomen or neck, or diffuse in a diffuser.

When to See a Doctor

If you experience any of the following symptoms, see your doctor right away:

  • Severe cramping that continues for more than a day
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Fever
  • Vomiting

It’s also important to see your doctor if your period is late or you miss it altogether. Your doctor will help you determine whether it’s pregnancy or an underlying condition that’s causing your symptoms.

What Does Implantation Feel Like? 4 Remedies for Implantation Pain

Implantation is one of the first stages of pregnancy, and one of the first signs if you’re lucky enough to feel it happening. Whether you’re trying to get pregnant or your suspected pregnancy is unplanned, you may be wondering what implantation feels like, and what you can do about the pain.

What Is Implantation?

Implantation occurs when a fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterus. As one of the first stages of pregnancy, implantation typically occurs 6-12 days after the egg is fertilized.

When ovulation occurs, an egg is released from the ovary. Sperm have about 24 hours to fertilize the egg after it’s released.

A newly fertilized egg is called a “zygote.” The zygote travels down the fallopian tube to the uterus. Along the way, the egg multiples into two, then four, and then eight more cells.

Once the egg reaches the uterus about five to six days later, it becomes a “blastocyst” and is about the size of a pin head. The blastocyst burrows itself into the lining of the uterus within one to two days.

Because the blastocyst is so tiny, women rarely experience any symptoms when implantation occurs. But some women do experience symptoms.

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Symptoms of Implantation

Cramping and pain are typically mild, but every pregnancy and woman is different. Some women experience more intense cramping or pain than others.

What Causes Implantation Pain?

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Most women experience no symptoms when implantation occurs, but those that do typically experience pain and/or cramping.

The pain is typically mild, and the cramping is often described as being similar to what you’d experience during your period. Some women feel a slight twinge, and then nothing at all. Others will experience cramping for a few hours or a day, and may think they’re getting their period.

But why do some women experience pain or cramping, and others don’t? What causes the pain?

Implantation pain and cramping occurs because the egg is burrowing itself into the lining of the uterus. That burrowing action is what causes discomfort, and is also what makes many women believe they’re getting their period when implantation occurs. After all, the uterus sheds its lining during menstruation, which causes similar sensations.

Is It Implantation, Or Something Else?

You’re experiencing cramping and some light spotting. Is it implantation, or something else? It’s hard to know for sure because it’s still too early to take a pregnancy test. Other conditions can cause similar symptoms, including:

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis occurs when uterine tissue migrates and grows outside of the womb, and then breaks down each month during your period.

About five million women have this condition, which can cause:

  • Severe cramps that radiate throughout the lower body.

Cramping typically occurs at the same time as your period, which can cause very severe pain.

Doctors diagnose this condition using a laparoscopy to perform biopsies and examine the tissue.

Hormone therapy and birth control can be used to shrink endometrial tissues. In some cases, surgery may be performed to remove the growths. In severe cases of endometriosis, a hysterectomy is the only real treatment option.

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Pelvic Floor Tension Myalgia

Pelvic floor tension myalgia occurs when tension builds up in the pelvic floor muscles, which support the pelvic organs. This condition can lead to:

  • Itching, burning and pain in the vagina
  • Achiness or heaviness in the pelvis

A physical exam is performed to diagnose the condition. The most effective treatment options include pelvic floor physical therapy to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.

Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

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Pelvic congestion syndrome is caused by varicose veins in the pelvis. When these veins become weak and do not close properly, the blood pools and causes pressure or pain in the pelvis.

About seven million women have this condition, which can cause:

  • An aching, dull, or throbbing pain in the pelvis (many women describe it as a “heavy” feeling).
  • Pain that starts out mild, but gets progressively worse throughout the day.
  • Pain that improves when you apply heat or lay down.

Doctors use a transcervical venogram to measure the size of the vein and its blood flow rate. The condition can be treated using a progestin hormone, which has been shown to shrink the veins and decrease pain. If hormone therapy does not work, embolization can be performed, which closes off the veins. The most effective treatment is a hysterectomy, which is a good option for women who do not plan to get pregnant.

Expanding Ligaments

In some cases, pain and cramping can be caused by expanding ligaments during early pregnancy.

The ligaments around the uterus expand to house the developing fetus, which can cause discomfort.

Miscarriage

If the pain and cramping is severe, a miscarriage may be the cause. Implantation can cause light spotting, but with a miscarriage, the bleeding will be heavier and more severe, depending on how far along you were in the pregnancy.

If your cramps and pain get increasingly worse throughout the course of the day, and the bleeding gets heavier, there’s a chance you may be experiencing a miscarriage. Or, you may just be getting your period.

Natural Remedies for Implantation Cramps

For most women, implantation cramps and pain last no more than a few minutes. But for some women, the discomfort can last for a few hours or a day. There are things you can do to alleviate the pain and cramping.

1. Relax – Let Go of Stress

a gils sitting in the couch with a blanket on her knees and snack in her hand Stress and fear are two normal reactions when experiencing unexplained pain or cramping in the pelvis. But stress can cause tension, which leads to even more discomfort.

Take a moment to sit down, relax, and be in the moment. Listen to a guided meditation to help quiet your mind. Take deep breaths, and allow your fear and tension to dissipate.

Stress will only make the cramping and pain worse, so make it a priority to relax and unwind.

2. Take a Warm Bath

a girl taking a warm bath in a large wooden bucketIf you’re having a hard time relaxing, consider taking a warm bath. The heat from the water can help alleviate tension, and melt stress away.

A warm bath will also help relieve cramping by relaxing the ligaments and muscles of your uterus.

Alternatively, you can place a hot compress on your back or pelvis to alleviate the cramping.

3. Over-the-Counter Pain Medication

pills of different colorA mild over-the-counter pain medicine, like ibuprofen or an NSAID, can help alleviate pain and cramping. While the pain is often mild, a pain reliever can help alleviate any discomfort you may be feeling.

Follow the dosage instructions listed on the bottle. In most cases, women need no more than just one or two doses before the pain disappears on its own.

4. Aromatherapy

Another great way to relax – and relieve pain/cramping – is aromatherapy. When certain essential oils are diffused into the air, it can have a calming effect on the body.

different kinds of herbs which can turn into essential oilThe best essential oils for relaxation and stress alleviation include:

  • Lavender
  • Ylang ylang
  • Rose
  • Vetiver
  • Chamomile
  • Bergamot
  • Frankincense
  • Lemon
  • Geranium
  • Marjoram
  • Rosewood

5. Sleep

If you’re experiencing uncomfortable cramping and pain, sleeping can help alleviate discomfort. Taking a nap will give your body time to rest and recover, while giving you a break from the pain and cramps.

Many women find that the pain is gone when they wake up from a much-needed rest.

6. Exercise and Hydrate

Dehydration can make cramping and pain even worse. A little activity can also get the blood moving, and help alleviate the pain.

If your symptoms are causing discomfort, make sure that you stay hydrated to keep the pain and cramping from getting worse.

Going for a brisk walk or engaging in a light workout (or yoga) can also help relieve your symptoms. Try not to overdo it, though. The goal is to get the blood flowing to help alleviate tension.

When to See a Doctor

If you’re experiencing pain and spotting, your first reaction may be to call the doctor, especially if you are not expecting your period.

Mild pain and spotting is normal when implantation occurs, and even during the early stages of pregnancy. But if your symptoms become concerning, then you should see a doctor.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, get medical attention right away:

  • Heavy bleeding with severe cramps
  • Bleeding for more than three or four days
  • Gray or pink tissue in the discharge
  • Tenderness in the abdomen
  • Severe pain

For most women, implantation occurs without them even realizing it. For those that do experience symptoms, light bleeding and cramping (like the cramps you get during your period) are the most common occurrences. While you may be tempted to run out and get a pregnancy test, you’ll need to wait until after your missed period to get accurate results.

4 Causes of Watery Discharge and 5 Methods for Relief

The vagina is the entry to your reproductive system. Your body produces pH to create an acidic environment that prevents bacteria from passing through the cervix. This process ensures that your reproductive system is protected from infection.

Vaginal discharge is normal, and the discharge is the body’s way to cleanse the vagina of bacteria.

Clear, watery discharge is normal in most cases. The clarity of the discharge indicates that the body is doing its job. Your vagina’s pH levels are balanced, and the yeast and healthy bacteria are in good balance when the discharge is watery.

But your discharge will change during your cycle, too. Women can have creamy discharge, little discharge and discharge that is egg-like (ovulation). The good news is that all these discharge levels are normal, and they’re normally not a cause for concern.

Types of Watery Discharge

Watery discharge is standard. Since every woman will produce different volumes of discharge, there is no normal type. If the discharge is simply watery, you can sleep well at night knowing that there’s no cause for concern.

But if other symptoms occur or you have different color discharge, you should be concerned.

If you have the following discharge, you’ll want to seek the help of a doctor:alt

  • Yellow (pale or dark): The presence of yellow discharge is an indicator of gonorrhea or bacterial vaginosis. This discharge often smells fishy, and it is accompanied by itching of the vagina and pain when urinating or having intercourse.
  • Cheesy: A woman that has cheesy discharge will note a foul odor, too. This discharge is often a cloudy white that resembles cottage cheese. Yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis are two conditions that may cause cheesy discharge.
  • Green: Discharge that’s green is an indicator of chlamydia or trichomoniasis. This discharge will have a fishy, sour smell and is often accompanied by redness and pelvic pain.
  • Gray: If you’re suffering from gray discharge, this may be a sign of bacterial vaginosis. This condition will cause the discharge to have a strong odor, and it will cause itching and swelling of the vagina.

If the watery discharge has an odor or it’s more white than it is clear, this may be a sign of an infection or something else going on in the body. When we say “watery,” we mean water-like discharge that is clear in color and not white or a faint gray color.

4 Causes of Clear, Watery Discharge

Wet vaginal discharge is normal. Your menstrual cycle will cause a variety of discharge changes, and watery discharge is simply one of those changes. If you’re suffering from other symptoms, a trip to the doctor is recommended.

Women will find that there are four main causes or times when they’ll experience this clear discharge:

1. Ovulation

Ovulation provides the ideal environment to get pregnant. If you want to get pregnant, ovulation provides you with the highest chance of pregnancy. The cervical mucus provides a stretchy, watery environment that allows sperm to swim through the cervix while being protected.alt

Remember, the mucus normally protects against bacteria and infection, but it also helps enhance your chances of pregnancy.

Estrogen levels in the body ramp up during ovulation, and this leads to vaginal discharge. This happens over a period of days, and the body produces 30 times the mucus it normally does during ovulation.

The increase in discharge results in a woman:

  • Experiencing wet panties
  • Noticing discharge trickles

There is an apparent “wetness” that occurs during ovulation. The discharge during ovulation is:

  • Clear
  • Watery
  • Odorless

And it will be followed by a period of dryness, and then your period.

2. During Pregnancy

Are you trying to conceive? If so, you may be pregnant. Some women will notice this watery discharge before taking a pregnancy test and confirming their belief that they’re pregnant. This discharge happens because of hormonal changes as the body prepares for pregnancy. Your hormones will be all over the place.alt

Estrogen levels in the body rise almost immediately after fertilization. These hormones prepare the body for pregnancy, and this will eventually cause a major uptick in cervical mucus. The mucus will become so heavy that it will cause what’s called a “mucus plug.” This plug keeps bacteria from entering the vagina to help protect the fetus until near labor.

Your discharge may even have streaks of blood.

If you have a watery, blood-streaked discharge, this can be a sign of implantation bleeding. Some women will notice spotting, but there are other women that have more of a slight watery discharge with small amounts of blood.

Vaginal discharge will persist during pregnancy, and this is normal unless it’s heavy and red.

If you have bleeding or continual deep red discharge, you’ll want to consult with a doctor to ensure that your baby is developing in a healthy manner.

3. After Intercourse

If you’ve just had sex or notice watery discharge during sex, this is caused by sexual arousal. A woman that’s sexually aroused, as she will be during intercourse, will find that the discharge isn’t from the vagina.alt

There are two glands above the vagina that cause the discharge to occur.

Your body produces this discharge to lubricate the vagina to help make penetration easier. Sometimes, women will notice that they have watery discharge for hours after sex. This is a sign that the glands haven’t stopped producing the discharge.

This is a normal occurrence and will stop on its own.

4. Watery Discharge During Period

Water can’t exit the vagina unless it’s forced into the vagina. This is an abnormal occurrence, and some women will experience this discharge without any clear reason. Many OBGYNs don’t understand why the watery discharge occurs during a period.alt

There’s a risk that you may have:

  • Fibroids
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • An STD
  • Polyps

Many women complain of their panties being soaked with this discharge during their period, and no one seems to have a clear understanding of why this happens.

You’ll want to consult with your physician and undergo testing.

Treatment for Watery Discharge

There’s really no treatment for watery discharge, so if you have clear liquid discharge, you’ll want to go the natural route to help alleviate the condition. If you do have an STD that’s causing the discharge, this will require medication for the condition to crease.

5 Ways to Ease Watery Discharge Discomfort

Methods of helping to calm the discharge are common sense, but many women will fail to do them. If the discharge is causing discomfort, consult your doctor. Otherwise, you can try the following to help ease:

  1. Use Baby Wipesalt

Make use of your purse. Baby wipes are a great way to help clean the vagina and keep the area bacteria-free. These wipes shouldn’t be inserted in the vagina. Simply clean the outside of the vagina to alleviate any smells or wetness that’s causing discomfort.

If possible, choose an unscented baby wipe.

The fewer chemicals, the better.

  1. Use Pads

I don’t recommend keeping a tampon in to solve watery discharge. But you can use pads to ensure that your undies stay dry. Always offers very thin pads that are comfortable and work to absorb any liquid that may be expelled.

These pads don’t come with wings, and they absorb within seconds.

This is a great way to stop the wet feeling that leaves you feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable throughout the day.

  1. Change Your Underwear Oftenalt

If your underwear is getting wet fast, you’ll want to keep a fresh pair in your purse. This allows you to change your underwear as it gets wet to avoid any discomfort. You’ll also want to change your underwear to ensure that no bacteria buildup occurs.

It’s not uncommon for the moist and wet environment to cause bacteria growth in the panties.

And this bacterium can lead to infection, which is not fun.

  1. Increase the “Air”

If you can, sleep naked at night without pants or underwear. Place a towel down on the bed to ensure that the bed doesn’t get wet. This airing out allows you to decrease the risk of infection and reduces irritation.

An issue of bacteria imbalance will benefit from airing out.

The body will sort out the bacteria imbalance on its own in most cases.

  1. Boost Your Immune System With Natural Herbs

Watery discharge isn’t an indicator of healthy issues, but there’s a small risk that the discharge will transition into an infection. This happens when other symptoms are present, and the discharge will often change colors instead of staying clear.alt

A few natural herbs and products that can help you boost your immune system to fight off potential infection are:

  • Vitamin C
  • D-Mannose
  • Saraca ashoka
  • Cimicifuga Racemosa

You can also try to cleanse the urinary tract with cranberry juice to stop an infection before it progresses.

Again, this may be overkill, but it’s never a bad idea to help boost your immune system and clean out the reproductive system.

Watery discharge is common, and there often isn’t a cause for concern. Since clear discharge is part of the normal menstrual cycle, it often occurs monthly without concern. If you notice a gush of discharge that can soak a tampon, consult with your doctor. If any symptoms accompany this discharge, proper medical care is recommended.

9 Causes of Bloody Discharge & 3 Remedies to Try

Whether you just started your period or are approaching perimenopause, you know that discharge is just a normal part of your cycle. Think of it as your body’s way of cleaning up. But what happens if your discharge is bloody? Should you be worried?

The good news? Bloody discharge is usually nothing to worry about, but there are times when it’s a sign that something is wrong.

What Does Normal Discharge Look Like?

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It’s perfectly normal to get some discharge throughout your monthly cycle. But what constitutes as normal? Every woman is different, but the texture and color of normal discharge is typically the same from woman to woman.

Generally, normal discharge will have the following properties:

  • Color: Clear or white in color, and may look yellow when dried.
  • Odor: Mild, or none at all.
  • Volume: Can vary from a little to a lot. You may see more discharge when you’re sexually aroused or during ovulation.
  • Texture: Varies from paste-like consistency to sticky and stretchy.

It’s perfectly normal to get some heavier discharge from time to time, especially if you’ve just started hormonal birth control pills or become pregnant.

As you can see, red vaginal discharge isn’t exactly normal, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that there is something seriously wrong (although there might be).

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9 Causes of Bloody Discharge

There are many reasons you might be getting blood tinged vaginal discharge – some harmless, and others serious.

1. Implantation

If you’ve recently had unprotected sex, implantation may be the reason for your bloody discharge.

During ovulation, an egg is released from the ovaries. If you have sex around this time, sperm from your partner may fertilize the egg.

About 9 days after fertilization, the egg will reach the uterus, and implant itself into its walls. Implantation can sometimes cause bleeding, which can mix with your normal discharge to make it appear bloody.

If you’re seeing watery bloody discharge, implantation may be the cause.

【Read more about implantation bleeding】

2. Menstruation

If you’re seeing red or bloody discharge just before your period is expected to start, it may just be some menstrual blood mixing in with your normal discharge.

You may also see blood-tinged discharge at the end of your period. Typically, the blood is brown or very dark red in color. There’s little cause for concern if the discharge is showing up just before your period.

【Read more about Implantation Bleeding,or Period?】

3. Rough Sex

In the heat of passion, it’s easy to get a little overzealous and have rougher sex than usual. All that heated action can cause minor bleeding, which may exit the body through your normal discharge and turn it red or pink in color.

If rough sex is the cause for your bloody discharge, there’s little to worry about. But you may want to take it easy to prevent it from happening again – or causing a more serious injury.

【Read more about Pink Discharge】

4. Birth Control

If you’ve recently started taking birth control pills, this may be the cause of your bloody discharge.

Birth control alters hormone levels in the body, particularly estrogen levels, so you may see some abnormal cartoon style pictures of birth control pills condoms and other stuff uesd as contraception discharge or even spotting in between periods for the first few months.

You may also experience blood in your discharge if you:

  • Switch birth controls
  • Stop using birth control after using for an extended period of time
  • Forget to take your pill, take the pill incorrectly, or fail to take them at the same time every day

Bloody discharge or spotting can also occur when using Depo-Provera injections, implants and IUDs.

5. Gonorrhea

A common sexually transmitted infection (STI), gonorrhea can sometimes cause bloody discharge. If you’ve been sexually active with multiple partners or your partner has been unfaithful, you may have contracted this infection.

If caught early on, gonorrhea can easily be treated with antibiotics. If left untreated, it can progress to pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID, which can cause some serious reproductive issues. PID is one of the most common causes of infertility in women.

Some women experience no symptoms, but those that do may experience:

  • Heavy bleeding during menstruation
  • Burning during urination
  • Painful sex
  • Spotting in between periods
  • Yellow, or bloody discharge with a foul odor

6. Hormonal Imbalance

Even if you’re not on birth control, a hormonal imbalance may still be to blame for your symptoms. Thyroid issues, hormone replacement therapy and menopause can all cause an imbalance.

Your doctor will be able to determine whether your hormones are to blame for your bloody discharge.

7. Cancer

While rare, endometrial and cervical cancers can also cause bloody discharge. These cancers are typically caused by the Human Papilloma Virus, better known as HPV.

Other symptoms of endometrial cancer include:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding (occurs in 90% of patients)
  • Pelvic pain
  • Unexplained weight loss

cartoon style pictures of a woman who shows different stages of cervical cancer symptoms with different pictureOther symptoms of cervical cancer include:

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Pelvic pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Swelling or pain in the legs
  • Fatigue
  • Back pain
  • Bone fractures

Because bloody discharge can be an early sign of these cancers, it’s important to see a doctor to have your discharge investigated.

8. Irritation or Infection

cartoon style picture of a woman's lower body with just an underwear and her hands putting on each thighIf you’re sexually active, infection or irritation may be to blame for your symptoms. If you have an infection, you may also experience:

  • Pain
  • Itching
  • Burning when urinating
  • Fever

Infections are cause for concern and warrant a visit with your doctor.

Irritation can be caused by a variety of things, including:

  • Deodorant sprays
  • Douching
  • Allergies
  • Perfumed soaps
  • Fluctuating hormone levels
  • Sex

If irritation is causing the bloody discharge, your symptoms should be short-lived. If they persist for more than a few days, schedule a visit with your doctor.

9. Foreign Objects

Sometimes, foreign objects in the vagina can cause abnormal bleeding or bloody discharge. In most cases, a forgotten tampon is to blame. Depending on how long the object has been in the vagina, a doctor may be required for removal.

3 Ways to Treat Bloody Discharge

If you’re seeing bloody discharge, it’s important to schedule a visit with your doctor to make sure an underlying medical issue isn’t to blame. If your doctor rules out anything serious, there are some things you can do at home to help stop the discharge or prevent it from returning in the future.

1. Change Your Hygiene Routine

A bloody vagina can sometimes be caused by perfumed or harsh hygiene products, like soaps or lotions. A simple change to your personal care products may stop the discharge and prevent it from coming back in the future.

The vagina is an especially sensitive part of the body, and any disruptions to the normal pH or bacterial balance can lead to infections, irritation and other serious issues.

Opt for unscented, gentle soaps and lotions. Many experts recommend avoiding using soap altogether on the vaginal area. Rinsing with water is often more than enough to keep the area clean without disrupting the pH and bacterial balances.

2. Change Your Birth Control

If your birth control pills are to blame for the blood in your discharge, consult with your doctor. Switching to a different birth control may help stop the issue and prevent it in the future.

Birth control implants, rings and injections may also cause bloody discharge or spotting. If your symptoms do not disappear in a few months, your doctor may recommend a different type of birth control to prevent abnormal bleeding.

3. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

cartoon style picture of different kinds of healthy food and sports equipmentHormonal imbalances can be caused by thyroid issues (which requires medical attention), or it may be caused by your lifestyle. Unhealthy diets, lack of exercise and stress can lead to hormonal imbalances that can throw your period out of whack.

Here are some tips to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat a healthy diet with plenty of healthy fats
  • Get enough sleep
  • Meditate or practice yoga to de-stress

A nutritionist can help you create a meal plan that works for you, and helps you maintain your body’s natural hormonal balance.

Nutrition plays a key role in keeping your hormones in check. Healthy fats, a balanced intake of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, and probiotics can help keep your gut and body healthy.

different kinds of herbs with their names below Adaptogen herbs can also help, such as ashwagandha, maca, rhodiola and holy basil. Adaptogen herbs can:

  • Maintain hormonal balance
  • Reduce depression and anxiety
  • Boost thyroid function
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Support your adrenal gland
  • Stabilize insulin and blood sugar levels
  • Minimize brain cell degeneration

Most of these herbs can be purchased online or in health food stores.

Bloody discharge isn’t always a cause for concern, but if it’s abnormal for you, it’s best to consult with your doctor to see what’s causing the issue. If there are no serious underlying medical conditions, the tips above can help you stop or prevent the discharge in the future.

 

10 Best Eczema Creams to Treat Babies with Eczema

What most people adore most about the babies is their silky smooth skin that feels like milk cream when touched. However, the skin they have got is equally sensitive and is prone to a lot of diseases and eczema is one of them. Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a condition where a baby’s skin develops red and dry itchy patches. If statistics are to be believed, eczema most commonly appears in kids between 2 to 6 months of age and affects almost 20% infants and children.

Because steroids are harmful to a baby’s skin, we have found 10 best eczema creams which are recommended by many of the dermatologists. It is evident that slathering on a mild and fragrance-free cream meant for eczema is one of the best treatments for eczema. They soothe the skin perfectly if applied several times daily on the skin of affected baby. There are popular brands in the market such as Cetaphil, Aveeno, A-Derma, etc. which are quite helpful in treating eczema. To name a few, 10 best Eczema creams are following:

  1. Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream

10 Best Eczema Creams aveeno baby eczema moisturizing creamAveeno Baby Eczema Moisturizing Cream is highly recommended by the dermatologists because of its clinical approval to soothe skin with eczema. This moisturizing cream helps to relieve irritated skin, and intensely moisturizes and helps prevent the recurrence of extra dry skin.

Aveeno Eczema cream is enriched with essentials like ceramide and lipid, which are naturally found in the skin and play a vital role in restoring the skin’s protective functions.

  1. A-Derma Exomega Emollient Cream

a derma exomega emollient creamA-Derma Exomega Emollient Cream is best for very dry skin; it soothes atopic dermatitis and leaves the skin fresh and smooth. This intensive moisturizer keeps the skin moisturized and irritation free. Its application restores the skin’s softness and suppleness.

A-Derma Exomega Emollient Cream is rich in rhealba oat extract, and polyphenols which regulate the release of substances involved in skin irritation and relaxes the skin. It also includes Filaxerine which is helpful in moisturizing dry skin and also assists the cutaneous barrier. Omega 6 fatty acids inclusion of the cream works to stimulate ceramide synthesis.

  1. Munuka Honey Eczema Lotion

munuka honey eczemaMunuka Honey Eczema is thick in texture and very rich in emollients which moisturize the deep of the skin. It comprises of organic tree nut free oils and beeswax and provides gentle nourishing to the skin.

It is a creamy, soft and oil based balm excellent for soothing and calming irritated skin. Munuka honey is actually a product of New Zealand and is obtained when bees pollinate the Munuka bush, a relative of the tea tree. Its oil is extracted from the leaves of the Munuka bush. Tea tree oil and Munuka are one of the ancient remedies used worldwide for a variety of ailments. Unlike the very medicinal odor of tea tree oil, Munuka oil and honey have a lovely delicately sweet scent that kids love. It contains 1,000 times more methylglyoxal than other forms of honey and thus helps in fetching relief from Eczema.

  1. Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Moisturizer

cetaphils restoraderm skin moisturizerThis is one of the most advanced calming body moisturizers from the house Cetaphil. Cetaphil’s Restoraderm Skin Moisturizer is widely suggested by skin specialists from around the world. As a good option to deal with itchy, red and dry skin.

A number of beneficial ingredients are responsible for its remarkable performance as it lives up to its claims. Cetaphil’s Restoraderm Skin Restoring Moisturizer is a thick and fragrance-free formula which is easily absorbed by the skin.

  1. Wild Naturals Eczema Treatment Moisturizer Skin Cream

wild naturals eczema treatment moisturizerThe creamy and moisturizing formula of Wild Natural’s Eczema Treatment Moisturizer skin cream is specially manufactured to treat skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis. Natural eczema and psoriasis treatment moisturizer skin cream from wild naturals is an effective skincare product for a number of skin problems. It contains all natural ingredients; which is why this cream has been efficiently proving as a relieving application for eczema.

  1. BabyGanics Bye Bye Dry Moisturizing Eczema Care Cream

babyganics bye bye dry moisturizing eczema care creamBabyGanics Bye Bye Dry Moisturizing Eczema Care Cream literally does what it says. It is made up with colloidal oatmeal which is great for moisturizing skin and delivers extra soothing relief for dry, itchy, irritated skin in a premium formula safe for baby’s delicate skin. The cream is specially formulated with natural, plant-based ingredients. This hypoallergic eczema care cream is cortisone and steroid free and contains no parabens sulfates or toxins. Also, it is dermatologically tested to use on baby’s soft skin.

  1. TruBaby Sweet Eczema Baby Cream

trubaby sweet eczema baby creamThis rich, gentle cream is highly effective to gently soothe and hydrate baby’s tender skin and provides a moisturizing barrier to protect it from future irritations.

The formula includes natural products and is free from any chemicals that make it more efficient to use on your kid’s soft skin.

  1. Michaderm Eczema Flare Defense Calming Cream

michaderm eczema flare defense calming creamMichaderm Eczema Flare Defense Calming Cream comprises only natural ingredients and is totally steroid free, as they can be harmful to sensitive skin. It is known for its calming effects which help your baby in fetching relief from irritated skin.

  1. Weleda Baby White Mallow Cream for Eczema

weleda baby white mallow creamWeleda Baby White Mallow Cream includes ingredients that are mostly used in homeopathy to treat kids’ eczema. It contains white mallow and pansy extracts which are known for their moisturizing and calming properties. Weleda Baby White Mallow Cream also contains the goodness of almond oil and sesame seed oil. Both of these are enriched with vitamin E and fatty acids, ideal for treating eczema.

  1. Tiny Troubles Natural Intensive Healing Salve by MamaNature

tiny troubles natural intensive healing salveTiny Troubles Natural Intensive Healing Salve comprises the goodness of coconut oil, essential oils and calendula infused the sweet almond oil. It is highly effective in treating eczema along with providing relief against dry skin, heat rash, and other issues.

Get hold of these eczema creams to treat your baby. Are you already using one of these creams for your baby? What is your experience? Let us know what you think in the comments section.

Loot Bags For Child 1st Birthday Party – 6 Cute Ideas

Every child deserves a birthday party worth remembering. While the presence of clowns, loot bags and fairies are a surety and the temptation of the delicious cakes is hard to resist, what could make the children have more fun on their friend’s birthday? First of all, age decides the kind of party. Teenagers have their own ways to celebrate in their own cool-fashioned style. Parents don’t actually have anything to say because they never listen anyway.

However, if you have a child who is just going to celebrate their 1st birthday, you have got a lot of work to do. Most guests would probably be either your friends who have kids of the same age group, and the neighbors, of course. It is not hard work to deal with the adults. But what exactly would you provide for the kids as a return thank-you gift?

Gift bags have mostly been the tradition for the past few decades. Now, people have begun to come up with new creative ideas. Be the one who proves to be a good host both for the kids and the parents. Below are few ideas of loot bags that could brighten the face of every child attending your child’s birthday party!

1. Marvel Heroes Are Today’s Favorite among Children

Choose loot bags that have different images of superheroes on television. Let the children pick their own favorite heroes. Be it captain America or Superman or Batman, kids are thrilled by anything related to their favorite cartoon character or their superheroes. Keep candy and sweets inside the bags to add more surprises and have them take home a bit of the party.

marvel heroes

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2. Arrange Surprise Loot Bags

Surprise loot bags are also a wonderful idea for return gift to kids. Pack inside wonderful gifts and only let them it only when they reach home. You can put similar things inside all bags or have something special relevant to every single kid present. In case you think you’d be confused which bag was made especially for whom, then have their names inscribed artistically on the front of the bags. That way, the confusion would be solved and it would make the kids feel special at the same time.

arrange surprise loot bags

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3. Girlie Loot Bags

If you are celebrating the birthday of a young girl, you have numerous choices when it comes to loot bags. Sparkling makeup and glittering accessories are the best return gift for small girls. Choose loot bags that are Barbie-themed or make special loot bags yourself with numerous items like hair clips, pins, combs, and bracelets all together with beautiful butterflies stuck to the bag.

girlie loot bags

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4. How about Yummy Candy?

Sweets, cakes, and candy lure kids on birthdays. Pack chocolates and cookies for them in colored loot bags. They can still keep the party going even after they reach home. Let them have a taste of different kinds of goodies all packed in one magic bag.

yummy candy

5. Colors and Crayons Are Kids’ Best Friends

Children tend to disturb their parents when they don’t get along with other kids at a party. A party that is boring with no toys can also make the children unhappy. Help your child bond with other kids by leaving them with colors and crayons. Give them loot bags with wonderful crayons and paper to draw or sketch whatever they like. Beads are also a good plaything for kids. Plain white beads can be a canvas for them to color.

colors and crayons

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6. Fairy Tales, Huge Castles… What Else?

One of the best return gifts of all has to be books. Gift books that their parents can read to them! And the most appropriate books would be bedtime stories. Grimm’s fairy tales, for instance, have magical forests, enchanted princess, huge castles and brave knights. These stories can be helpful when parents tuck their kids in bed.

books

Organizing a birthday party is easy, but choosing the right stuff to make your guests happy is tricky. A party is never complete without the guests. And it is a kind gesture on our part to always thank them for something to hand down to them when the party is over. And it would be kinder on your part if you could give their kids something for having made your kids’ birthday a wonderful one. You can show them your generosity, kindness, and gratitude with the above ideas of loot bags. Say goodbye to your guests after the party with a little something wrapped in cute bags. They are just going to leave with a smile on their face and satisfaction in their hearts.