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Period Symptoms To Watch Out For: Painful Cramps, Heavy Bleeding, Missing Periods, Irregular Bleeding

  • July 24, 2022
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Dr Angela Riccia
General Practitioner, MD
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Unusually painful cramps

Period cramps can be uncomfortable, but if you suddenly experience debilitating cramps that prevent you from your day-to-day activities, you should consider seeing a doctor. Intensely painful period cramps could be a symptom of an underlying health condition, such as endometriosis. 

Persistently heavy menstrual bleeding

How much blood is lost during a period depends on the individual. However, abnormally heavy bleeding should not be ignored: if you are soaking through one or more pads or tampons per hour, for multiple hours, you should consider reaching out to a healthcare professional. 

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Missing periods

In general, you should get your menstrual period roughly once every 3 to 5 weeks. This can vary between individuals, and your cycle may fluctuate by a few days each month. However, if you have missed one or more periods, consider seeing a professional. Absent periods may indicate anything from pregnancy to severe stress or very low body weight.

Irregular periods

In general, a healthy menstrual cycle will be anywhere from 21 to 35 days long. You may experience slight variation from month to month, or as time passes. However, if you notice your cycle falls outside this range, this is a sign that your body is not menstruating normally. Irregular periods may also be an indication of an underlying health condition such as PCOS or endometriosis.

What causes abnormal period symptoms?

Ultimately, there are many factors that could contribute to abnormal period symptoms, including stress, being severely underweight, and conditions such as PCOS and endometriosis. 

If you are experiencing abnormal period symptoms, reach out to a doctor as soon as possible to identify any underlying causes. You can book a menstrual health teleconsultation with an Ease physician at any time––we offer judgment-free, discreet care and treatment for your sexual health. Over a menstrual health teleconsultation you will be able to clarify questions about and/or get treatment for conditions such as heavy menstrual bleeding, severe cramps, frequent spotting, nausea or vomiting during your period, irregular periods and lack of energy or weakness during your period. While further testing may be required after the teleconsultation, you will be able to clarify questions and figure out next steps with one of our doctors for just $20.

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