Understanding Menstrual Problems

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Understanding Menstrual Problems

Unread post by Kunle Emmanuel » Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:24 am

Women can have a range of problems with their periods, including pain, heavy bleeding, and skipped periods.

Amenorrhea (ay-men-uh-REE-uh) — the lack of a menstrual period. This term is used to describe the absence of a period in:
Young women who haven't started menstruating by age 15
Women and girls who haven't had a period for 90 days, even if they haven't been menstruating for long

Causes can include:
Pregnancy
Breastfeeding
Extreme weight loss
Eating disorders
Excessive exercising
Stress
Serious medical conditions in need of treatment
As above, when your menstrual cycles come regularly, this means that important parts of your body are working normally. In some cases, not having menstrual periods can mean that your ovaries have stopped producing normal amounts of estrogen..

Dysmenorrhea (dis-men-uh-REE-uh) — painful periods, including severe cramps. Menstrual cramps in teens are caused by too much of a chemical called prostaglandin (pros-tuh-GLAN-duhn). Most teens with dysmenorrhea do not have a serious disease, even though the cramps can be severe. In older women, the pain is sometimes caused by a disease or condition such as uterine fibroids or endometriosis.

For some women, using a heating pad or taking a warm bath helps ease their cramps. Some over-the-counter pain medicines can also help with these symptoms. If these medicines don’t relieve your pain or the pain interferes with work or school, you should see a doctor. Treatment depends on what’s causing the problem and how severe it is.
Abnormal uterine bleeding — vaginal bleeding that’s different from normal menstrual periods. It includes:
Bleeding between periods
Bleeding after sex
Spotting anytime in the menstrual cycle
Bleeding heavier or for more days than normal
Bleeding after menopause
Abnormal bleeding can have many causes. In both teens and women nearing menopause, hormonal changes can cause long periods along with irregular cycles. Even if the cause is hormonal changes, you may be able to get treatment. You should keep in mind that these changes can occur with other serious health problems, such as uterine fibroids, polyps, or even cancer. See your doctor if you have any abnormal bleeding.

When does a girl usually get her first period?

The average age for a girl to get her first period is 12years. This does not mean that all girls start at the same age. A girl can start her period anytime between the ages of 8 and 15. Most of the time, the first period starts about 2 years after breasts first start to develop. If a girl has not had her first period by age 15, or if it has been more than 2 to 3 years since breast growth started, she should see a doctor.


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Re: Understanding Menstrual Problems

Unread post by Kunle Emmanuel » Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:07 am

How long does a woman have periods?

Women usually have periods until menopause. Menopause occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, usually around age 50. Menopause means that a woman is no longer ovulating (producing eggs) or having periods and can no longer get pregnant. Like menstruation, menopause can vary from woman to woman and these changes may occur over several years.
The time when your body begins its move into menopause is called the menopausal transition. This can last anywhere from 2 to 8 years. Some women have early menopause because of surgery or other treatment, illness, or other reasons. If you don’t have a period for 90 days, you should see your doctor. He or she will check for pregnancy, early menopause, or other health problems that can cause periods to stop or become irregular.

When should I see a doctor about my period?
See your doctor about your period if:
You have not started menstruating by the age of 15.
You have not started menstruating within 3 years after breast growth began, or if breasts haven't started to grow by age 13.
Your period suddenly stops for more than 90 days.
Your periods become very irregular after having had regular, monthly cycles.
Your period occurs more often than every 21 days or less often than every 35 days.
You are bleeding for more than 7 days.
You are bleeding more heavily than usual or using more than 1 pad every 1 to 2 hours.
You bleed between periods.
You have severe pain during your period.

How often should I change my pad?

You should change a pad before it becomes soaked with blood. Each woman decides for herself what works best.
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