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

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Talk to your primary health care provider or your gynecologist if:

Cramps are normally worst during the first two to three days of your period, then ease as prostaglandin levels in the body return to normal. If cramps stay about the same throughout your period, or if over-the-counter painkillers don't really work, see a doctor.

  • Your cramps are severe
  • Your bleeding is excessive, lasts longer than seven days, occurs often or at the wrong time of your cycle
  • If you have not had your first period by age 16
  • If it has been three months since your last period
  • You think you might be pregnant
  • You develop fever and feel sick after tampon use

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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