As a young person that just started their menstrual journey you learn that your body is going through all sorts of changes. Eventually you understand that everyone’s body is different, but what's important is knowing your body. As time goes on you will notice a pattern with your menstrual cycle. Or perhaps you might feel something off. Stress, certain medications, medical conditions, and more can be the cause of an abnormal cycle. That’s when it’s especially important to listen to your body.
Here are some examples of an abnormal menstrual cycle:
- Periods that last longer than seven days
- Menstrual flow that becomes heavier or lighter than before
- Bleeding or spotting that happens in between periods, after menopause, or following sex
- Periods that occur less than 21 days or more than 35 days apart
- Missing three or more periods in a row
- If your period was regular but now irregular
- Excessive pain
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- Excessive weight loss or gain
Make sure to always keep track of your menstrual to ensure that everything is okay. Jot down any weird symptoms that can occur at any moment. Keep track of patterns! Always make sure to get your regular check-up as well with your doctor! And if you feel anything off, make a visit to the office to ensure everything is alright.