Everyone has period, but how do you know what's normal? It's not something we tak to our friends about, and going to the doctors seems so embarrassing... I've always found it so confusing to decide whats normal about my period and what's not. So, here's my guide to the seven things that you need to get checked out before you see a doctor about your period...
If you begin to menstrate irregularly, and used to be pretty regular, its worth getting this checked out. If you've never been regular, then don't worry about it!
If your periods are less then 21 days apart. This technically counts as having two periods in a month, and can indicate hormone difficulties.
If your cycle is longer then 35 days long, or suddenly gets longer or shorter.
If you experience very heavy bleeding that requires changing your pad or tampon more then once or twice an hour, you should get checked out. If you are a
naturally heavy bleeder anyway, your doctor may be able to suggest tablets that could help you.
If you get a sudden fever, hypotension or a skin rash while on your period, see a doctor as soon as possible, especially if you have been using tampons. These
are all classic symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome, which needs urgent medical attention.
If you suffer from severe pain or cramps. Until your appointment, try having a hot bath, using a hot water bottle and sipping hot drinks. Heat is wonderful!
If your periods suddenly stop, and you aren't pregnant. This can indicate problems that may affect fertility, so its well worth getting checked out.
You do not get your first period before 17. Our bodies are all different, and when one girl gets her first period at 9, another girl might get hers at 16. But if you do not get your first one by 17, you should see a doctor, just to make sure that everything's OK.
And remember, your doctor will have heard it all before, and most of the time can suggest medication or treatments that will make you feel much better.
So put on a brave face and get checked out, you'll be grateful you did!
Do you know of other signs one needs to see a doctor about period? Please let me know!
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