emotionally-needy-ladyBe on the lookout for these period problems. They could be red flags you need to bring to your doctor’s notice:

Your periods were regular each month and then became irregular
If you’ve noticed a change in your usual menstrual schedule or your cycle is longer than 35 days or shorter than 21 days, talk to your gynecologist about what underlying issues could be behind the shift. Health conditions like PCOS, thyroid problems, or other issues could be responsible for period problems like cycle length irregularity. An irregular period is one of the many thyroid symptoms that you need to watch out for.

Killer cramps are never normal
Periods are not meant to spell misery even after pain relieving, anti-inflammatory drugs; it clearly means that there is a deeper issue which requires medical intervention. If your cramps are horribly painful, ask your doctor about these three medical conditions:
– Uterine Fibroids
– Endometriosis
– Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Large Clots or Gray Tissue
Significant clots and the presence of gray-colored tissue can indicate that you’re experiencing a miscarriage. When a miscarriage occurs very early in pregnancy (for example, less than or equal to two weeks after an expected period), it can be difficult to tell the difference between a normal menstrual period and miscarriage, especially if a person occasionally or regularly experiences heavy or painful periods.

You haven’t had a period in 90 days
There could be a number of reasons why your period hasn’t arrived, including pregnancy or perimenopause if you’re in your 40s or 50s. Once you approach these later years, the estrogen production in your ovaries begins to slow down and your period will become less frequent and shorter until it stops altogether. If these two aren’t the case and you’re considerably younger than the average age for menopause, which is 51 years old, you could be experiencing early menopause. Other reasons for missed periods (that have nothing to do with pregnancy) include STDs, considerable weight loss or gain, hormonal issues, or even exercising too much.