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7 Menstrual Problems You Shouldn't Ignore

The menstrual cycle comes with so many irregularities, and so many women may experience this. Sometimes, this could be a pointer to an underlying reproductive health problem. Below are 7 menstrual problems no woman should ignore.

1. Heavy or Nonstop/Prolonged Bleeding When you have to change your sanitary napkin every hour because you're already having stains, it is a problem. Also, long-lasting menstrual bleeding (over 10 days) calls for immediate medical attention. This could be a symptom of fibroids, hormonal issues or polyps. It could also lead to excessive blood loss which eventually results in the woman being anaemic.

2. Absent Menstruation

A missed period should only be a sign of pregnancy.

Missing your period for more than three months is not normal. Although, stress, excessive exercise, intense dieting, birth control can cause a missed period. In this case, it should return in the next month.

Other than that, it could be thyroid problems or hormonal imbalance. 

Another major culprit responsible for a missed period is a medical condition known as PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). This condition if not checked can increase your risk of cancer.

3. Large Blood Clots

Occassionally, you might notice tiny blood clots. However, when your clot is noticeably big, it could be a warning sign of uterine fibroids, hormonal imbalance or another underlying issue. Clots can be a sign of miscarriage. Whatever it is, it is important to inform your doctor of this development.

4. Major Changes in Your Symptoms

Major changes in your period for example, your period suddenly becoming heavy, or lighter, or suddenly getting longer; should be looked into. It could be a simple issue like change in hormonal levels or it can indicate a major health problem.

5. Spotting

Spotting, or bleeding between periods could indicate conditions such as pelvic inflammatory disease, benign uterine cysts, hormonal changes, endometriosis or even cervical cysts. Be sure to consult your gynaecologist if you experience this.

6. Unbearable PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)

If you notice you're having severe changes in mood, anxiety, depression, food craving, or extreme anger, you could be suffering from a more severe form of PMS called PMDD - Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. This can however be trreated, but you need to see your doctor first.

7. Irregular Periods

Typically, the menstrual cycle varies from person to person. A regular menstrual cycle may be 24-38 days long. Irregular period can be periods occurring more frequently, or less frequently than usual. It can be caused by underlying reproductive health issues.

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