What are Menstrual Problems?
Menstrual cycles frequently bring around a diversity of painful symptoms foremost up to your period. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) encompasses the most common issues, such as mild cramping and fatigue, but the symptoms usually go away when your period begins.
However, additional, more menstrual severe Problems may also occur. Menstruation that is too heavy or too light, or the complete absence of a cycle, may suggest that other issues are contributing to an abnormal menstrual cycle.
Remember that a “normal” menstrual cycle means something different for every woman. A cycle that’s regular for you may be abnormal for someone else. It’s important to stay in tune with your body and to talk to your doctor if you notice any significant changes to your menstrual cycle.
There are several different Menstrual Problems that you may experience.
Diagnosing Menstrual Problems
The first step in diagnosing Menstrual Problems is to see your doctor. Your doctor will want to know about your symptoms and for how long you’ve been experiencing them. It may help to come prepared with notes on your menstrual cycle, how regular it is, and any symptoms you have been experiencing. Your primary care physician/gynaecologist can use these notes to help figure out what is irregular. In addition to a physical exam, your doctor will likely do a pelvic exam. A pelvic exam allows your doctor to assess your reproductive organs and to determine if your vagina or cervix is inflamed. A Pap smear will also be performed to rule out the possibility of cancer or other underlying conditions.
Blood tests can help determine whether hormonal imbalances are causing your Menstrual
Problems. If you doubt that you may be pregnant, your doctor or nurse consultant will order a
blood or urine pregnancy test during your visit.
Other tests your doctor may use to help diagnose the source of your Menstrual Problems include:
endometrial biopsy (used to extract a sample of your uterine lining that can be sent for
hysteroscopy (a small camera is inserted into your uterus to help your doctor find any
ultrasound (used to produce a picture of your uterus)