Many women around the world notice period problems and irregularities and almost every woman will experience at some stage of their life. Period problems can be used as an indicator of your general health, as well as health concerns or complications that may exist in your health.

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Being able to identify period problems in your health is important, so you know when to get checked up by the doctor and get treatment where necessary. In this article, we will outline 6 period problems to be wary of and what it is indicating in your health.

1. When regular periods become irregular in the following months

A menstrual cycle, its habits, and characteristics all vary from one woman to another. The average menstrual cycle will typically last from 25-30 days with periods lasting from up to 3 to 7 days. It is not uncommon for these cycles to change every once in a while and a change in cycle usually indicates that you are healthy.

However, if you notice that your menstrual cycle along with its characteristics begins to change multiple months in a row with no consistent pattern, it could indicate serious health complications such as PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) or possible thyroid problems. In this case, medical attention is necessary. 

2. You haven’t had a period in 90 days

If you have missed your period for more than 90 days, it is highly likely you are either pregnant or have premenopause if you are in your 40’s or 50’s. If you have missed your period even after one month, it is good enough reason to speak with your doctor if you suspect you may be pregnant or have premenopause.

If you are confident that premenopause and pregnancy are not in effect for you, other reasons for missing your period for over thirty days include, STD’s, hormone issues, excessive exercise, or other existing health complications you may have. 

3. Spotting between periods or after menopause

If you notice spotting or blood flow anytime outside if your period cycle, it may be an indication of a health complication. Spotting or bleeding between periods or after menopause may be a symptom of fibroids, endometriosis from a problem that occurred in the lining of your uterus, or possible endometrial cancer.

Spotting is also known to be an early symptom of pregnancy. If you ever notice spotting or blood flow outside of your period, be sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible. 

4. Heavier and longer-lasting menstrual flow

If your blood flow is noticeably heavier or lasts longer than 7 days, you may want to seek medical advice. Although some women naturally have more significant menstrual flows than others, when blood loss is significant and lasts longer than usual, it can be a cause for concern.

If you are changing your tampon far more often than usual, it’s important to seek medical advice as a significant loss of blood can cause other major health concerns. Reasons why this may occur during your period cycle include:

  • Hormone issues
  • Polyps or fibroids in the uterus
  • Miscarriage
  • IUD issues
  • Use of a certain medication

5. Intense migraines in your period time

Period migraines are actually quite typical for a lot of women. This will often occur in people who have a family history of generally having migraines and can happen before, during, or after menstruation.

However, if you have never had a migraine during your menstrual cycle or notice that they are more intense than your usual migraine, seek medical advice. Strong migraines during your periods can also be due to estrogen fluctuations or from the use of certain medications.

By speaking with your doctor, they may prescribe you with medication to help you handle them or identify an existing health complication that may be causing them. 

6. Bad cramps that affect everyday movements

Cramping is no stranger to women before and during their menstrual cycle. Although it is quite reasonable, it can be an indicator of a more serious health complication that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

If you notice your cramps are becoming intense, and are making it difficult for you to make everyday movements, it is important to seek medical advice. The pain may be a cause of serious health complications such as endometriosis or uterine fibroids. 

When to See a Doctor?

A lot of women who have period problems or irregularities often suffer in silence. This is usually due to embarrassment or fear. It’s important to know that you aren’t the only one who suffers from period irregularities and that all women share the same anxieties and concerns when they suspect something is not right in their period cycle.

Although all women are different as well as their menstrual cycles, a lot of period problems are quite common for most women. It’s important to see a doctor whenever you notice any irregularities or any occurrences in the above list.

Early intervention will help you get a better understanding of your health as well as treating any possible health concerns before they become worse. 

Head over to the Okadoc app to immediately book an appointment with your health practitioner.