Periods are such a common part of life for women that it is easy to overlook the importance of discussing them with your gynecologist. You don’t have to wait until you have a problem with your period to bring it up during your next gynecology appointment. When you see your doctor, consider asking these questions.
How do I know if my flow is too heavy?
There is a wide range of normal when it comes to menstrual flow. It’s even normal for the same woman to experience an extremely heavy period followed by an extremely light one. However, if you have to change a pad or tampon at least once an hour, your flow may be excessively heavy. There are a few conditions that can cause an excessive menstrual flow, which your gynecologist can easily screen you for.
What is a normal cycle?
The only kind of normal menstrual cycle is what is normal for you. Some women get their periods like clockwork, while others experience irregular periods as a rule. Keep track of your periods so you can begin to notice patterns in your cycle, and report things that seem off-kilter to your gynecologist. If you start skipping periods or if your periods are coming more often than normal, an underlying medical condition could be to blame.
Does having my period mean I can’t get pregnant?
Getting pregnant during your period isn’t likely, but it is possible. Some women ovulate early in their cycles, and because sperm can live in your reproductive tract for five days, you could have sex during your period and then have your period end and ovulate while sperm is still there. Don’t use your period as birth control if you want to avoid a pregnancy.
Getting informed about your period is an important step in taking control of your health. At Washington Surgi-Clinic, our gynecologists can help with everything from period tips to Pap smears and birth control methods. Schedule an appointment with a gynecologist in Washington, DC by calling (202) 659-9403.