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I am 46 and have noticed that some months my stomach gets very bloated and painful mid cycle. It is very tender when I press it. Is this due to \\\"age\\\" or could it be something more serious. I have started to notice my periods are becoming irregular ie 2-4 days late or sometimes 2/3 days early.

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replied April 4th, 2011
Vaginal and Uterus Health Answer A21563

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According to the symptoms reported by you(irregular periods)it seems that you are experiencing menopausal symptoms.The mid cycle pain might be due to ovulation when egg is released by the ovaries and some woman experience the pain during this time.It may also be accompanied by nausea,bloating and light spotting.It can occur for 24 to 48 hours.Take adequate rest at that time.Drink lots of water and use a heating pad or take warm baths which will help in relieving the pain.
If the pain persists for more that 2 to 3 days or you have fever/heavy bleeding then get yourself examined by Healthcare Provider as it indicates any infection.

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