Category Archives: Menstruation

Is My Irregular Period Something to Worry About?

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Why did I miss a period? Why was my flow so heavy this month? Is there something wrong with me if my periods don’t have a regular pattern? These are some of the questions and concerns I have heard from patients at my clinic over the years. It can be frightening […]

Menstrual Cramps Or Dysmenorrhea

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Dysmenorrhea, the medical term for menstrual cramps, affects almost half of women everywhere, causing painful cramping before and during their periods. Some women are even bedridden by their discomfort, often having to miss work or school and cancel other plans. Reports vary on methods of data collection, but there’s no […]

Causes and Treatment of Menorrhagia

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP The causes of menorrhagia can vary greatly between women, but some problems are commonly root causes of the unusually heavy bleeding. Such things as fibroids, low progesterone relative to estrogen (both common in perimenopause), polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), or other hormonal imbalances are usually to blame. Occasionally an intrauterine device […]

Menorrhagia and Hypermenorrhagia

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Let’s talk about one of the women that I have worked with. You might be able to identify with her and her situation. After graduating from college, Celeste landed an internship with a public relations company. She was thrilled by this exciting opportunity—but worried about how her difficult periods would […]

Reverse The Curse – Benefits Of Your Period

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Your period is a monthly health report card Menstrual cycles highlight your “best times of the month” Regular cycles help inform your health decisions While there are many things I don’t enjoy about my period, this conversation is about embracing the positive rather than the negative. Not everything about your […]

Irregular Periods And Natural Ways To Maintain A Regular Menstrual Cycle

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Answers to your questions To begin with, let me reassure you that most irregular periods are benign. Missed periods, too frequent periods, spotting, or bouts of heavy clotting and bleeding are usually caused by an underlying hormonal imbalance that is easily treated. Most of us have missed a period at […]

The Menstrual Cycle

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP A woman’s menstrual cycle is highly individual, and can range anywhere from 24–37 days. What’s “normal” is what’s normal for you. The length of your cycle may be affected by many things, including illness, stress, travel, fertility medication, and close association with other women. At different times in your life, […]

Information On Menstruation

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP  From puberty until menopause, a women’s biochemistry waxes and wanes to her own unique monthly rhythm, known as the menstrual cycle. The word menstruation is derived from the Latin word menses, which means month. Regular menstruation is a sign that the body is producing appropriate levels of hormones in a […]