If you're someone who gets a period, you might be tempted to just get through those few days and then totally forget about the experience. But paying attention is really key, because some period problems may be a health issue. According to experts, a number of things you can experience during menstruation — from a heavy flow to cramping — probably seem like they just come with the territory of bleeding every month. But for some people and in some situations, these could actually be signs of health issues.
You are the one who knows your body best, so you can notice any changes or irregularities quicker than anyone else would. "Because all bodies are different, there are a variety of symptoms that can be considered 'normal,'" Dr. Janelle Luk, a reproductive endocrinologist and medical director and co-founder of Generation Next Fertility, tells Bustle. So what's good and healthy for someone else's body isn't necessarily healthy for your body. You and your doctor are the best people to figure out if a period symptoms should be cause for concern, so don't hesitate to reach out if you're dealing with something that's uncomfortable during your period, even if you think it could turn out to be nothing serious.
Here are some period symptoms that might seem innocuous, but could actually be signs of a health problem, according to experts.