Periods. They’re every woman’s least favorite visitor, and no matter how “prepared” we ought to be for their arrival, they still find a way to make life uniquely unpleasant. However, as uncomfortable as periods are, their symptoms are usually manageable with the aid of over-the-counter pain medication and rest. If your period is a source of misery and you suffer from symptoms that are difficult to live with, you may have an undiagnosed health condition.
Here are 10 signs your period is abnormal:
- Your period prevents you from participating in daily activities, such as work, school, and exercise.
- Your menstrual bleeding is so heavy that you need to use double sanitary protection to control your menstrual flow.
- You bleed between periods or experience irregular vaginal bleeding.
- Sexual intercourse is painful or uncomfortable.
- Your period lasts more than 8 days.
- You experience unbearable period cramps that may last through your entire period.
- You experience pain in your legs, back, and pelvis.
- You experience rectal pressure, a sensation of rectal fullness, difficulty having a bowel movement or pain with bowel movements.
- You experience unexplained tiredness, fatigue, dizziness, or shortness of breath.
- You experience abdominal pain, bloating and constipation.
No one likes the unwelcome changes periods bring, but there’s a difference between tolerating the symptoms becoming controlled by the symptoms. If your period is interfering with your quality of life, it’s time to speak with an OB/GYN. Your symptoms could be related to uterine fibroids, adenomyosis, endometriosis, or a number of other GYN conditions. Schedule an appointment with one of our specialists who can diagnose you and recommend treatment options that can provide some much-needed relief.