The medical term for painful periods is dysmenorrhea, and for millions of women, it turns their life upside down for several days every month. For many, it’s an annoying inconvenience. For others, the pain develops to a point where it makes day-to-day life difficult at best. It’s more often found in women who have heavy […]
Are you concerned that your period is not normal?
Maybe you’ve compared notes with some of your friends, and you’ve noticed that you have heavy bleeding from periods, while they only have light spotting. The truth is, your period holds the key to your gynecological health, and understanding what constitutes an abnormal period enables you to accurately evaluate your menstrual health.
The medical term for painful periods is dysmenorrhea, and for millions of women, it turns their life upside down for several days every month. For many, it’s an annoying inconvenience. For others, the pain develops to a point where it makes day-to-day life difficult at best. It’s more often found in women who have heavy periods.
Almost all women are familiar with the symptoms of PMS, which causes cramps, bloating and tender breasts. However, an estimated 3 to 5 percent of menstruating women have PMDD, which is an often debilitating condition that you could think of as an extreme case of PMS. Learn the signs.
Amenorrhea—the absence of menstrual periods—does not always signify a serious problem. It may be caused by natural hormonal changes such as menopause or something as common as stress. The key to treating amenorrhea successfully depends upon addressing the underlying cause. Learn the 5 commons reasons your period has stopped (not including pregnancy).
Irregular periods can interfere with a scheduled annual exam or Pap smear. Ideally, your annual exam and Pap smear should be conducted when you are not on your period. While heavy menses may possibly interfere with Pap smear interpretation, we generally can see someone when they are on their period, including a pelvic exam and successfully collect their Pap. Understandably, many patients are more comfortable to be examined when they are not on their period, and we are happy to reschedule if they request. Continue reading to learn about the causes of an irregular period and how to treat it.
Almost half of women over 35 years of age will experience uterine fibroid tumors, which may cause many problems ranging from pelvic pain to complications during pregnancy. These benign growths are responsible for one-third of the hysterectomies performed in the U.S. (The Cleveland Clinic). If left untreated, some fibroids can grow to be the size […]