Every woman will experience her menstrual cycle somewhat differently, so there is a wide range of what is considered normal when it comes to your monthly period. There are, however, some telltale signs that your cycle is abnormal, which might prompt you to call your OBGYN for an appointment. If you notice any of the symptoms listed below, you should not hesitate to talk to your doctor, since you may have a hormonal imbalance, fertility issues, or other treatable conditions causing these problems.
You have changes in your cycle
For most women, periods are predictable with the same duration and flow each month. If you begin to notice periods arriving more frequently with a cycle shorter than 21 days or you have a cycle longer than 35 days, you should call your doctor to explore the causes of these changes.
You have heavy menstrual bleeding
Some women have a naturally heavy flow, but there may be a problem when you have to change your pad or tampon once every hour or two. Using birth control is a highly effective way to reduce bleeding during your period and regulate your menstrual cycle.
You experience serious cramps
Conditions like endometriosis and uterine fibroids might cause severe menstrual cramps that can be disruptive to your daily routine. Your gynecologist can help you explore both medical and natural solutions that will reduce cramps and help you stay comfortable.
You do not have a period before age 17
Menstruation can begin throughout a wide age range, and some girls will not get their first period until age 15 or 16. If your daughter has not had a period by 17, however, you should see the gynecologist to make sure that there are no underlying issues causing late menstruation.
When you need gynecological care for menstrual irregularities or a birth control consultation, call Desert West OBGYN at (602) 903-4715. We have offices serving Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Estrella, Arrowhead, and Anthem.