Most of us don't spend too much time analyzing the details of our period, but if you notice something is up with your menstrual cycle, it's worth paying attention to. There are a number of things your period can tell you about your health, especially when it comes to symptoms that seem extreme or out of the ordinary. If something is off in your body, it shouldn't be ignored, even if it feels like it's as simple as how much you are bleeding each month.
"Your period is very often an indicator of what is going on in your body because your period is a very delicate balance of several hormones all acting together in perfect synchronization," Joseph Chang, MD, MBA, FACOG of Parkland Health and Hospital System, tells Bustle. "Your period can be affected by many, many things going on in your body."
It's important to notice when you're having an irregular period, as it can indicate that something is else is going wrong in your body — although it's important to note that not every irregular period necessarily indicates a larger health issue. Sometimes bleeding can also occur that has nothing to do with your period or your hormones, but is still worthy of your attention. If you're ever in doubt, seeing a doctor can help you figure out if there is something bigger going on.
Overall, it's worth paying attention to your period and noting if anything seems abnormal. Here are six things your period is trying to tell you about greater health issues, according to experts.