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When to Ask Your Healthcare Professional

Comparing notes with your girlfriends? Even if your menstrual aches, pains and mood shifts are different from those of other women, your period symptoms might be perfectly normal for you.

Visit your healthcare professional ASAP if you experience:

  • Unusually heavy bleeding (soaking through a sanitary pad or tampon every hour for 2 or 3 hours) or passing large clots
  • Sudden, severe pain during your period or between periods
  • High fever
  • An abnormal or foul-smelling vaginal discharge
  • A period that lasts longer than 7 days
  • Menstrual bleeding or spotting between periods
  • Periods that become very irregular after you have had regular menstrual cycles
  • Nausea or vomiting during your period
  • Symptoms of toxic shock syndrome, such as a fever over 102 degrees, vomiting, diarrhea, fainting or dizziness
  • You should also see a doctor if you think you might be pregnant.