Listen, that time of the month is never going to be a walk in the park.
Periods come with cramps, fluctuating body temperatures, cravings, mood swings and lots more unpleasantness, and yet it rolls around every month and chicks are just expected to roll with it.Most of us just try keep our heads down and ignore it.
However there ARE things that you really shouldn’t ignore when it comes to your period and if things start changing out of the blue you should dig a little deeper to investigate and see if there’s something else going on.
1 Spotting Between Your Periods
There’s usually a logical explanation for spotting between your period, it could be the contraceptive pill or prescription meds, but to be on the safe side and make sure it’s not a symptom of endometriosis, STIs, a thyroid disorder or an ectopic pregnancy a visit to your healthcare provider should be made to determine if there is any cause for concern.
2 Getting Your Period For A Really Long Time
Most women menstruate for between 4 – 8 days. However if periods last longer (weeks on end) it could be an indication of a hormonal imbalance, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), or blood clotting disorders. If this is the case you’re better off getting some medical advice to get to the bottom of things.
3 Your Period Blood Has A New, Foul Odor
It rarely smells like a garden of roses when you have your period however if a foul odor presents itself it’s usually a sign of something else going on like a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis or an undiagnosed STI. Any sudden, prolonged change in smell during your period should be investigated.
4 Your Period Suddenly Gets Much Heavier
Needing to change your tampons or pads much more frequently is a sign that your period has gotten a lot heavier.Most women experience a change in how much they bleed throughout their lives, but if you cannot go one hour without changing a tampon because you’re afraid you’ll leak then it may be time to look into it. It could be a sign of kidney problems, hormonal imbalances, or growths or tumors on the uterus.
5 Unbearably Painful Cramps
Intense cramps that are not the norm can be scary and extremely painful and they could be a sign you’ve been living with undiagnosed endometriosis or uterine fibroids. Don’t brush them off as normal and think of them as something you have to tolerate as a woman. Go see your doctor and if everything is normal at the very least you will get some advice on how to manage the pain.
6 PMS Symptoms That Are So Severe They Interfere With Your Relationships
PMDD affects up to 10 per cent of menstruating women. It’s a severe form of PMS which turns you into an emotional wreck, who is irritable, prone to fatigue and sleep problems. It makes maintaining any sort of relationship very difficult. If your period is making you isolated and your relationships are suffering you should have a chat with your doctor, it doesn’t need to be this way.