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When Should I See a Doctor for Period Problems?

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Updated July 19, 2009

Question: When Should I See a Doctor for Period Problems?
Answer: While it's normal to experience some discomfort before your periods, certain signs should be a warning for you to seek medical advice. Consult your health care provider if you experience any of the following during your menstrual cycle:

  • Symptoms of premenstrual syndrome or PMS, or the more severe form called premenstrual dysphoric disorder

  • Pain during your period that is severe, or cramps that do not stop within a day or two after your period begins

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding

  • Menstrual cycles that are more than a few days longer or shorter than normal

  • Failure to have your first period by age sixteen

  • Anytime you experience absence of menstruation

  • Symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome

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