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

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
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.

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