19850 Health Library | Health and Wellness | Wellmont Health System
  • Symptoms of Menstrual Disorders

    Most women have menstrual irregularities, such as heavy bleeding and missed periods, at some point in their reproductive lives. However, you should contact your doctor if you experience the following symptoms:

    Menorrhagia (Heavy Bleeding)

    Women tend to overestimate how much blood they lose during their periods. The following symptoms may indicate menorrhagia :
    • Your pads and tampons are saturated with blood (and need to be changed) more frequently than once every hour.
    • Your periods last longer than seven days.

    Amenorrhea (Lack of Menstruation)

    Primary Amenorrhea
    You may have primary amenorrhea if:
    • You are 16 years old or older and have never had a menstrual period.
    • You are 14 years old or older, have not had normal sexual development (development of breasts and/or pubic hair), and have never had a menstrual period.
    • You have not had a menstrual period, and it has been at least two years since you went through puberty (normal sexual development).
    Secondary Amenorrhea
    During early adolescence, it is common for menstrual periods to be irregular, at least for the first 18 months after the first period (menarche). It is also common for menstrual periods to be irregular as you approach menopause (usually between the ages of 40-58, sometimes slightly earlier or later). Menstrual periods also stop during pregnancy.
    If you are not pregnant or entering menopause, you may have secondary amenorrhea. This may be the case if you had normal menstrual periods, but they have stopped for at least three consecutive months.

    References

    Abnormal uterine bleeding. FamilyDoctor.org website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/abnormal-uterine-bleeding.html . Updated August 2010. Accessed August 20, 2012.

    Amenorrhea. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/ . Updated January 21, 2011. Accessed August 20, 2012.

    Amenorrhea. FamilyDoctor.org website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/amenorrhea.html . Updated August 2010. Accessed August 20, 2012.

    Heavy menstrual bleeding. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/ . Updated 25, 2012. Accessed August 20, 2012.

    Revision Information

  • Join WellZones today.

    Make a Change For LifeLearn more

    Wellmont LiveWell is creating a new tradition of wellness in the mountains by providing individuals with tools and encouragement to live healthier lifestyles.

  • HeartSHAPE Spotlight

    At risk for a heart attack? Learn more

    Fight heart disease early and prevent heart attacks with HeartSHAPE® - a painless, non-invasive test that takes pictures of your heart to scan for early-stage coronary disease.

  • Calories and Energy Needs

    Calorie NeedsLearn more

    How many calories do you need to eat each day to maintain your weight and fuel your physical activity? Enter a few of your stats into this calculator to find out.

  • Ideal Body Weight

    Ideal Body WeightLearn more

    Using body mass index as a reference, this calculator determines your ideal body weight range. All you need to do is enter your height.

  • Body Mass Index

    Body Mass IndexLearn more

    This tool considers your height and weight to assess your weight status.


  • Can we help answer your questions?

    Wellmont Nurse Connection is your resource for valuable health information any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Speak to a Nurse any time, day or night, at (423) 723-6877 or toll-free at 1-877-230-NURSE.