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Menstrual Disorders

Most women suffer from menstrual disorders at some point in their lives. The average woman has between 11 and 13 periods a year, and during this time she may experience bloating, cramps, and heavy bleeding. Although menstrual disorders can be painful and uncomfortable, there are ways to relieve some of the symptoms. Read on to discover more about the different types of menstrual disorders.

Different Types of Menstrual Disorders

Almost all women will experience mild menstrual disorders during their lives. However, some women may experience extreme menstrual disorders that affect their daily activities. For example:

Menorrhagia

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Every woman has suffered at least one irregular period in her life. Many women bleed heavily during their menstrual cycles, but very heavy bleeding can point to a menstrual disorder if it interferes with daily activities.

Dysmenorrhea

Almost all women report having suffered from a painful period at some point. Painful periods become a disruptive menstrual disorder, however, when the pain becomes severe enough to hinder normal activities.

What Causes Menstrual Disorders?

There are many different causes for menstrual disorders. Although hormonal imbalance is usually involved, there can be a variety of surrounding factors. Consulting a doctor may be the best way to address all concerns. Continue reading to discover more about the two most common causes of menstrual disorders.

Premenstrual Syndrome

The premenstrual stage occurs right before bleeding begins. During this time, many women suffer from a cluster of aches and other uncomfortable symptoms. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a term used to describe the symptoms that occur during the premenstrual time. Many women suffer from premenstrual syndrome. Here are some common symptoms of PMS:

  • Breast tenderness
  • Headaches
  • Cramps
  • Mood Swings
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PMS is one of the most common menstrual disorders, and it can be managed relatively easily. A healthy diet, exercise, and over-the-counter pain medications are usually enough to combat the usual effects of PMS. If PMS symptoms become severe, further consultation with a doctor may be needed.

Endometriosis

Women who have endometriosis have an overgrowth of endometrium cells - from the tissue inside the uterus - hanging or attached to other parts of the pelvic area. As a consequence, when their period is approaching each month, these cells become inflamed and provoke a large amount of pain. These cells can also interfere with ovulation and fertility. Endometriosis can have multiple side effects, such as:

  • Extremely heavy bleeding
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain during and after sex
  • Fertility problems

Endometriosis can become very serious, and if a woman believes she is suffering from it, she should visit her doctor immediately. Nevertheless, it is important not to panic unnecessarily before seeing an expert, since these symptoms can also be signs of other issues.

If women are concerned about their menstrual disorders, they should visit a medical professional to discuss different treatment options. Menstrual disorders can often be helped through simple lifestyle adjustment or natural supplements, but if such changes are insufficient, there are other options available.

Three approaches for treating menstrual disorders:

  1. Diet and exercise

  2. Alternative medicine

  3. Medications and surgery

The safest option is to start with the least invasive treatment for menstrual disorders, and then go on to the next level if necessary. Learn more about treatments for menstrual disorders here.

Can Irregular Periods Lead to Hair Loss?

Irregular periods do not lead to hair loss, but they can be indicative of other conditions that are related to hair loss. Find out more here.

Irregular Periods and Brown Discharge

Normal lasting periods can also be considered irregular if characterized by irregular bleeding and brown discharge. Find how to overcome them here.

Long Menstrual Cycles

Long menstrual cycles can be frustrating, and are commonly experienced by women going through menopause. Click here to learn more.

Sources:
  • BMJ Group. "Menopause: What is it?" Patient Leaflet. 2007
  • Hutchinson, Susan M.D. "The Stages of a Woman's Life: Menstruation, Pregnancy, Nursing, Perimenopause, Menopause". November 2007.
  • Love, Susan M.D. Menopause and Hormone Book. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.