For most women, missing a period is one of the first signs of pregnancy that women notice. For others, irregular periods make it difficult to know when a period should start and when it has been missed. There are, however, a number of early signs that can signal the need for a pregnancy test or a visit to the doctor. Missed period Most women begin wondering about pregnancy when they have missed their period. However, a number of women have irregular periods or do not keep track of their periods. For these women, some of the other symptoms may signal a pregnancy. Some women may experience spotting (explained below) or light bleeding, and mistakenly think they have gotten a lighter than normal period. Sore, swollen or tender breasts Initially, women may have a soreness or tenderness in their breasts similar to the feeling before they get their period and as days go on, the feeling increases. This can begin as early as when someone is one to two weeks pregnant. For some, thi...
We often hear the words "irregular periods" and assume that, if the term refers to our cycle, that there is something wrong or that we are the only person who doesn't follow the regular, 28 day cycle. In fact, irregular periods are pretty common. About one in every three women will have irregular periods at some point during their reproductive years. So what does that mean?
What is a Regular Period?
Medical professionals use a 28 day cycle to signify a "regular" period. The first day of your period is considered to be Day 1 of your cycle. Somewhere around the 14 th day, you will ovulate, which means your egg drops from the ovary, ready to be fertilized. If this doesn't happen, two weeks later, your uterus will shed the egg and the thickened lining of the uterus, or menstruation will occur and last from 4 to 7 days. Your body continues to go through this cycle, each month preparing for you to get pregnant and, if you do not, starting the cycle over again.
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Sleep-wake syndrome - irregular
Signs and tests
People with irregular sleep-wake syndrome may have insomnia , excessive sleepiness, or both. Patients usually have at least three abnormal sleep episodes during a 24-hour period, but their total amount of sleep time is normal for their age.
If the diagnosis is not clear, your health care provider may prescribe a device called an "actigraph" for you to wear. This looks like a wristwatch, and can tell when you are sleeping or awake.
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