painful-period

Menstrual period disorders have been rampant and the most common ones have been normalized. In case you come across the following signs, see a doctor.

1. You’re experiencing heavy bleeding

It can be a sign of either hormonal imbalance, stress, or thyroid dysfunction. If you’ve always had very heavy bleeding, it could be a sign of a clotting disorder.

If your period lasts longer than 7 days and you’re changing tampons or pads more than every 2 hours each day, then this is a sign of a heavier than average flow.

See a doctor!

2. You Have Super Painful Cramps

Extremely painful cramps can be an indicator of endometriosis.

When the uterus sheds its lining, the misplaced cells bleed into the pelvic cavity, causing pain.

So how can you tell whether your cramps are normal? Pain is very much subjective; however, pain that is lifestyle-altering or interfering with your ability to do your routine activities is never normal.

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3. You Missed Your Period

Lack of a period can happen because of stress, hormonal changes, menopause, low body fat or, of course, pregnancy.

And, rarely, it can be a sign of tumours in the ovaries, pituitary gland, or hypothalamus.

4. You’ve Always Had Long Cycles and Irregularity

Periods that have always been a bit irregular with typically long cycles sometimes with months between can be a sign of a hormonal imbalance.

Other symptoms can include weight gain, fatigue, thinning hair on the head, acne, headaches, sleep problems, pelvic pain, and mood changes.

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5. You Have Ongoing Spotting
Irregular bleeding that looks like a few spots of reddish-brown blood at unexpected times of the cycle can be normal.

 

Some women can have spotting that lasts a couple of days then stops and restarts again during the middle of the month.

Brown spotting can also happen mid-cycle or during ovulating.

But if brown spotting continues for more than 2-3 months, contact your doctor to figure out the cause.

6. Your Menstrual Blood Is Light Pink or Thinned Out

Period blood that is too little thinned out, or lighter in color kind of like watermelon juice or watered-down can indicate your estrogen is too low to build the uterine lining properly.

You might also experience irregular periods, vaginal dryness, low sex drive, hair loss, or hair thinning with low estrogen.

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