As anyone who has had a menstrual period knows, they are not without symptoms. Some people have very few symptoms of their menstrual period, while others have severe symptoms, such as flu-like symptoms, nausea, PMS symptoms, period cramps, and abnormal bleeding that makes those period days difficult to tolerate. Some women have such severe symptoms during the period that after the period, they feel exhausted and have a hard time getting back to their normal life.
Every woman is different and, in many cases, every period is different. For women who have irregular periods, they don’t know when to expect the bleeding, and they often go up to a month without a period. Women who consistently have an early period will often have heavy bleeding unassociated with period cramps. These early periods are often unassociated with ovulation. When they have an ovulation period, the period stretches out so that there are a full 28 days between periods. This is more typical of an ovulation period than one that happens without ovulation.
Symptoms of Periods to be Concerned About
If your period is very heavy or if you have a missed period, you may need to visit a doctor see why this has happened. Many women miss periods for no reason but sometimes, it can indicate a pregnancy—the most common reason why a woman misses a period. The same is true of a late period. This can mean pregnancy, or it can mean that your ovulation is not cyclical, and you ovulate later than a normal woman. It sounds like a weird thing to have periods so far apart, but this is not dangerous and means that you might have a trickier time getting pregnant when the time comes.
Heavy periods can mean you didn’t ovulate and that you might be suffering from some iron deficiency. Your doctor will be able to help sort that out for you so that you can get on some kind of iron supplementation to bring your iron stores up.
What are some pre-period symptoms?
Many women know when they are about to get a period. While not all period symptoms are the same, many women feel bloated, have pelvic cramps, feel nauseous or have period signs like spotting before a period. With some women, pre-period symptoms cause mental and physical changes that are so debilitating that it is called premenstrual dysphoric disorder or PMDD. Women with PMDD can’t wait until after hysterectomy when they will no longer suffer these symptoms. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs are often used to control the mood changes that go along with having PMDD. Women with PMDD don’t necessarily have worsened period pain than other women. It’s the pre-period time that is so distressful. They can go days having to cramp without bleeding that can require pain medications to control.