Typical and normal menstrual periods can last from four to seven days. Menstrual cycles often bring out uncomfortable symptoms prior to your period. You may also experience premenstrual syndrome (PMS) such as mild cramps and fatigues, but these symptoms usually go away when your period starts.

 

However, there are more serious problems that could occur. Irregular, painful, and heavy periods could be a sign of a serious health problem. There are a variety of different menstrual problems women may experience, and they may include:

 

  • Periods that occur less than 21 days or more than 35 days apart
  • Absentee period or missing 3 or more periods in a row
  • Menstrual flow that is heavier or lighter than the usual
  • Period that lasts more than 7 days
  • Periods with severe cramping, pain, or nausea
  • Bleeding in between periods

 

Examples of abnormal menstruation include the following:

· Amenorrhea – is a condition in which a woman’s period have stopped completely. Having no period for more than 90 days is considered abnormal unless a woman is pregnant, breastfeeding or going through menopause

· Oligomenorrhea – is a condition that refers to periods that are infrequent

· Dysmenorrhea – this refers to painful periods with severe cramping

· Menorrhagia – this condition causes very heavy period

· Premenstrual Syndrome – also known as PMS, this occurs a week or two before your period, causing women to experience a wave of physical and emotional symptoms such as bloating, food craving, mood swings, acne breakouts, depression, insomnia, and many others

 

There are also many causes of abnormal periods, varying from stress to more serious medical conditions:

· Stress and lifestyle factors

· Uterine fibroids or polyps

· Endometriosis

· Pelvic inflammatory disease

· Birth control pills

· PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)

· Premature ovarian insufficiency

 

One of the few steps in diagnosing menstrual problem is to see your health care provider, explain to them your symptoms and how long you have been experiencing them. Your healthcare provider may order physical and lab tests to properly diagnose the source of your menstrual problem.

 

Treatments could also depend on the diagnosis and what’s causing the problems with your menstrual cycle. Irregularities between menstrual period are also normal, so the occasional symptoms you may experience is generally not something a source of worry. However, if the symptoms you are experiencing have already lasted more than a few months, you should call your healthcare provider right away.

 

At Doral Health and Wellness, our team of gynecologists can help in achieving woman’s optimal health. To book an appointment, you can call us at 347-955-3465 or visit our website at http://www.gynecologistbrooklyn.com/