Usually, there’s nothing to worry about when women experience some bit of pain and discomfort during the menstrual period. However, some women may experience symptoms that could trigger alarm bells and warrant a visit to the doctor.
If you suffer from severe menstrual cramp that is not relieved by over-the-counter pain medications, then better see a gynecologist right away to rule out endometriosis. This condition is characterized by abnormal uterine growth that extends outside the uterus and causes agonizing pain during one’s period or even during bowel movements, urination, and sexual intercourse.
Watch out for heavier-than-normal bleeding as it could be a sign of benign tumors in the uterine wall called uterine fibroids. These are harmless but, when heavy bleeding persists, could result to anemia. It’s high time to see the doctor if this happens often to make sure you’re not suffering from cancer or a blood-clotting disorder.
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) may be another culprit for unusual heavy menstrual bleeding and excruciating cramps. PID is an infection in any or all organs of the reproductive system as a complication of sexually transmitted infection such as gonorrhea or Chlamydia. This is something that should be taken seriously as PID, if left untreated, could lead to infertility.
If you find yourself writhing from an acute shooting type of pain that starts on one side and spreads throughout your pelvic region, it might be a ruptured ovarian cyst. Although this type of cyst is often benign and asymptomatic, in some cases, it can be life threatening as a result of hemorrhage or infection.
Don’t take these signs and symptoms for granted. There is simply no reason to suffer and no excuse to not see the doctor as soon as possible. Your health is your most important possession, so take care of it.