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  • Writer's pictureDr. Roisin O'Loughlin

Your period is a vital sign of your health !

Periods can be a pain ! It can come at the wrong time and wreck your new pair of white jeans but getting your period let’s you know your body is ticking along normally! Your period is a vital sign of your health and can help you understand if your hormones are functioning normally and if there are any clues of an underlying hormonal/ gynaecological issue.

*Some key questions to ask yourself about your period *

  • What is your cycle length ? A normal cycle length is between 26-35 days

  • How many days do you have your period for ? A normal period usually last somewhere between 3-7 days

  • Is your period very heavy ? There are multiple reasons why your periods may be heavy. In 50% of cases, there is no underlying reason identified. Other potentials causes can be fibroids, endometriosis, PCOS, pelvic inflammatory disease or cancer of the womb ( the most common symptom is abnormal bleeding, especially after the menopause)

  • Is your period very painful ? Painful periods can be a symptom of endometriosis, fibroids or adenomyosis

  • Do you have any bleeding in between periods ? Intermenstrual bleeding or unscheduled uterine bleeding may be due to an STI, post administration of the emergency contraceptive pill, peri-menopause, cervical or uterine cancer, vaginal cancer, vaginal dryness, cervical polyps or fibroids

  • Do you suffer with PMS and what PMS symptoms do you have ? PMS symptoms can be quite debilitating and can range from mood disturbance, change in bowel habit, bloating, breast tenderness, acne to headaches.

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