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When should you talk to your doctor about a menstrual period?

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Talk to your primary care doctor or your gynecologist if:

�Your cramps are severe

�You bleed a lot, for longer than seven days, or at the wrong time of your cycle

�You haven't had your first period by age 16

�It's been three months since your last period

�You think you might be pregnant

�You get a fever and feel sick after using a tampon

�Over-the-counter painkillers aren't enough to help with your cramps.

From: All About Menstruation WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Iwannaknow.org: "Puberty." 

WebMD Medical Reference:  .  Normal Menstrual Cycle

Cool Nurse.com:  "What You Need to Know About Menstruation."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Especially for Teens: Menstruation." 

The National Women's Health Information Center: "Menstruation and the Menstrual Cycle."

Tampax: Usage questions: "Can I use a tampon overnight?"

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on April 18, 2019

SOURCES: 

Iwannaknow.org: "Puberty." 

WebMD Medical Reference:  .  Normal Menstrual Cycle

Cool Nurse.com:  "What You Need to Know About Menstruation."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Especially for Teens: Menstruation." 

The National Women's Health Information Center: "Menstruation and the Menstrual Cycle."

Tampax: Usage questions: "Can I use a tampon overnight?"

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on April 18, 2019

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