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What symptoms may indicate a need to contact my doctor about my period?

A woman's periods (menses) may vary over time depending on factors such as age, stress, hormonal influences, medications, and other health issues. If you are not using hormonal medications, such as contraceptive pills, injections, implants, or intrauterine devices; you should expect to have a period each month or so. In this case, failure to have a period every month or so for a few months may indicate a need to see your provider. Whether you are using hormones or not, bleeding more than a week a month or having bleeding that soaks a pad or tampon in less than an hour or two might indicate a problem that your provider could diagnose, and manage, to prevent additional health problems. If a woman is past menopause (at least 12 months with no period, usually in her 50s), any bleeding that comes after the menopause is not a true period and needs to be discussed with a provider due to increased cancer risk.
Deborah Davis
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Sometimes women have problems in their menstrual cycle- called menstrual irregularities. With an irregularity, you may not get a period, your period may occur too frequently, you may have unpredictable bleeding or you may have painful periods.  Menstrual irregularities are usually a sign of a larger condition or problem.  There are many conditions that can cause menstrual irregularities and should be discussed with your Doctor.

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