For some women (or a lot, really), getting your period means days of cramps, uncomfortable sensations, nausea, and even diarrhea starting from your teens. It's not exactly something to look forward to, but we all learn to live with it. But while there are some girls who experience light to typical menstrual flow, there are those who unfortunately have to tolerate irregular bleeding that could actually be caused by other conditions.
It will be best to monitor the flow of your menstruation; and if something does not feel right, have yourself checked right away. “If you change your pad or tampon more than five times a day, you could have a problem,” says Nieca Goldberg, MD, and author of Dr. Nieca Goldbergs Complete Guide to Womens Health.
Too much bleeding that lasts for a week may indicate a health condition called menorrhagia, which can be caused by uterine-related problems, hormone issues, or another kind of disorder.
Mary Jane Minkin, MD, co-author of A Womans Guide to Sexual Health and a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Yale School of Medicine says that you may also have fibroids or abnormal growths that develop inside your uterus that tend to “distort the uterine wall, which can worsen bleeding when you shed the uterine lining during your period.”
So if you’ve been experiencing abnormal and heavy menstrual bleedings, it’s better for you to see a doctor.
Do you have any other period concerns? Here are a few stories to help you:
This Is Why You Poop So Much During Your Period
Let’s admit it, having your period is the worst–you get cramps, your mood swings are out of control, and you eat non-stop. Plus, women also experience the feeling of having to poop all the time, which further adds to the discomfort!
9 Ways To Finally Get Rid Of Period Cramps
Place a heating pad or hot water bottle over your navel. This is an old-school trick that works on a lot of women. The heat will relax your contracting muscles and boost blood flow.
What You Should Know about Irregular Menstrual Periods
Those who normally have irregular cycles are teens, who just started getting their periods, and women in their late 40s and close to menopause.