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What are menstrual problems?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Spotting, or light breakthrough bleeding, is a normal variant and is very common in women on low-dose birth control pills. If you are having light breakthrough bleeding in the middle of your cycle, it is probably no cause for worry. In some cases, however, it can be a sign of cervical polyps.
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Women with menstrual problems may have menstrual periods that are abnormal, or they may suffer from pain, excessive bleeding, or other difficulties during their periods. Menstrual problems include amenorrhea (absent periods), dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain), premenstrual syndrome, and dysfunctional uterine bleeding (bleeding that is too heavy or occurs at the wrong time). Another disorder that is often included with menstrual disorders is polycystic ovary syndrome. In this syndrome, cysts form in the ovaries, interfering with ovulation and causing periods to be absent or irregular.

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