than that and shows signs of getting heavier, it could be a sign of a chronic condition.
As with painful cramps, you may be dealing with endometriosis or uterine fibroids along with other conditions.
5. You’re Seeing Bleeding In Between Periods
While some people have reported a little spotting just before the start of a period, bleeding in between periods isn’t usually a good sign.
In some cases, the bleeding can be light, but in others, it’s heavy enough to warrant the need for tampons or napkins. If you’re experiencing this, talk to your doctor immediately.
6. Your Periods Have Suddenly Stopped
It’s normal for a stressful event or illness to disrupt the menstrual cycle. However, if your periods have stopped for more than 3 months, it’s a sign that you need to talk to your doctor.
This condition is known as amenorrhea and can be caused by physical exertion like exercising too much, losing too much weight, as well as issues with the pituitary, thyroid, or adrenal glands.
7. Your Period Is Lasting Longer
The average length of a period is 5 days but it can be shorter or longer for some people. However, if your period has been established at a set length, changes can be a sign of trouble. This is especially true if a longer period is accompanied by a heavier flow or more painful cramps. As discussed before, these are all signs of endometriosis or uterine fibroids but you’ll only know for sure if you consult your doctor.
Of course, young girls might not be the only ones who are unaware of what’s abnormal when menstruating. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, make sure to see your doctor as soon as possible. Regardless of the issue, early detection can make a considerable difference in getting treated.