Periods can be a little bit different for everyone, but there are a few common signs that something is not right. Problems with your period can sometimes be a sign of an underlying condition that requires treatment, so if you notice any of the following issues, you should visit the gynaecology clinic for a check up.
Most women will have a period that lasts for three to five days and that happens on a regular cycle of about 28 days. Having a period or menstrual cycle that is a little longer or shorter isn’t usually a cause for concern. It is also normal for your cycle to change a little over time. However, if you have a very irregular cycle, if you have missed periods without being pregnant, or if you notice any bleeding in between your usual periods, you should seek advice at the gynaecology clinic. You might have an infection, a hormonal imbalance, or a problem such as cervical polyps or even, in rare cases, cancer.
Most women will lose about 70ml of blood during their period, which is about four or five tablespoons worth. Some women do have slightly heavier periods than others, but if you are finding it difficult to cope with your period, it could be a sign that you have a condition like fibroids or endometriosis. You should visit the gynaecology clinic for advice if you find yourself having to change your tampon or pad very frequently, if you often experience leaks, or if you find yourself having to use both a tampon and a pad together.
Although a little bit of bloating and discomfort is common, if your period pain is very severe, it might be a sign of a problem such as endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease. Even if there is no underlying cause of the pain, if you are suffering you should always talk to your doctor about it. Your gynaecologist might recommend trying the pill or another form of hormonal contraception that could help to make your periods lighter and less painful.