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could lifestyle changes contribute to cycle changes?

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My menstrual cycle is usually very HEAVY and it came two weeks earlier than normal but is lighter at the moment but it usually is in the beginning. I have an IUD, am stressed,I stopped drinking alcohol recently, I have been walking more, and am overweight. I was wondering if this could all be contributing to my problem and what I could do about it?

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replied August 21st, 2011
Menstruation Answer A26173
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Lighter periods (especially if usually they are heavy) could be an early indication of possibility of pregnancy. It is not uncommon to see women getting pregnant while being on IUD. Do not ignore your symptoms. Consider visiting your gynecologist/obstetrician for thorough evaluation to confirm the position of the IUD and rule out chances of pregnancy or other hormonal disturbances. A blood/serum HCG level test done would help to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately. Hormonal analysis done would rule out hormonal derangements, thyroid hormone dysfunction etc. Treatment as appropriate would be started to help you based on the examination and investigation results. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle.
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