Periods. They’re every woman’s least favorite visitor, and no matter how “prepared” we ought to be for their arrival, they still find a way to make life uniquely unpleasant. However, as uncomfortable as periods are, their symptoms are usually manageable with the aid of over-the-counter pain medication and rest. If your period is a source of misery and you suffer from symptoms that are difficult to live with, you may have an undiagnosed health condition.

Here are 10 signs your period is abnormal: 

  1. Your period prevents you from participating in daily activities, such as work, school, and exercise.
  2. Your menstrual bleeding is so heavy that you need to use double sanitary protection to control your menstrual flow.
  3. You bleed between periods or experience irregular vaginal bleeding.

  4. Sexual intercourse is painful or uncomfortable.

  5. Your period lasts more than 8 days. 

  6. You experience unbearable period cramps that may last through your entire period.

  7. You experience pain in your legs, back, and pelvis.

  8. You experience rectal pressure, a sensation of rectal fullness, difficulty having a bowel movement or pain with bowel movements.

  9. You experience unexplained tiredness, fatigue, dizziness, or shortness of breath.

  10. You experience abdominal pain, bloating and constipation.

No one likes the unwelcome changes periods bring, but there’s a difference between tolerating the symptoms becoming controlled by the symptoms. If your period is interfering with your quality of life, it’s time to speak with an OB/GYN. Your symptoms could be related to uterine fibroids, adenomyosis, endometriosis, or a number of other GYN conditions. Schedule an appointment with one of our specialists who can diagnose you and recommend treatment options that can provide some much-needed relief.