- Q Why do women crave chocolate during their periods?
Dr. John La Puma, Internal MedicineThis is way more than a $64000 question, and there's a lot of research about it. Chocolate releases feel-good hormones like dopamine and serotonin; repletes magnesium; emulaties marijuana in the brain; and just makes women feel good when they often feel... Full Answer
- Q Can dietary changes help ease menstrual problems?
Simply changing the way you eat may ease the symptoms of some types of menstrual problems. For example, a calcium-rich diet may relieve premenstrual syndrome (PMS), as can a diet high in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. You may also want to try... Full Answer
- Q What are causes of an extremely heavy flow?
Alisa Vitti, Alternative & Complementary MedicineIf your menstrual bleed is very heavy, this usually indicates your estrogen levels are too high. Watch functional nutrition specialist Alisa Vitti explain how too much estrogen can impact your flow and what other factors you should be aware of. Full Answer
- Q What does it mean if my menstrual blood is brown?
Mia Lundin, Obstetrics & GynecologyIt usually means that your estrogen is somewhat low or it could also be a sign of a vaginal infection. Full Answer
- Q Can menstrual problems affect my ability to get pregnant?
One menstrual problem, polycystic ovary syndrome, is the most common reason for infertility in women. Women with this disorder may have erratic periods, and they may ovulate rarely or not at all. A woman with polycystic ovary syndrome who is trying to... Full Answer
- Q What are the treatment options for menstrual problems?
Depending on the particular menstrual problem you have and how severe it is, it may be treated with over-the-counter or prescription medications, or surgery. For example, you may get relief from the mood swings and other symptoms of severe premenstrual... Full Answer
- Q What causes menstrual problems?
Different menstrual problems have different causes. For example, researchers think premenstrual syndrome (PMS) may be caused by variations in levels of hormones and other body chemicals, possibly worsened by underlying stress and depression. Amenorrhea... Full Answer