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Should I talk to my doctor about irregular menstruation?

Menstruation is a normal part of a woman's life but if you experience any irregularities or concerns, you should consult your doctor. You should speak to your doctor if you do not begin menstruating by the age of 15 or within a few years of breast growth, your periods come too often or not often enough, they last too long, you have severe pain, or your periods completely stop. 

Menstrual problems can be signs of an underlying disorder, such as endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, or even cancer, although this is rare. If your menstrual problems are caused by polycystic ovary syndrome, early detection and treatment may lower your risk for diabetes, stroke and other complications. Even if the underlying cause is not serious, there are treatments that can ease the symptoms of menstrual problems. 

Any time you experience a drastic change in your menstrual cycles or symptoms, see your doctor.

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