Signs of Period Problems

Written by Jen Bell

  |  Reviewed by Staci Tanouye, M.D.

Most people don’t have any problems with their periods. But if any of the following are true for you, be sure to reach out or call your doctor.

  • Are 15 and haven’t started your period
  • Have had your period for more than 2 years and it still doesn’t come regularly (about every 4-5 weeks)
  • Have bleeding between periods
  • Have severe cramps that don’t get better with ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or naproxen
  • Have very heavy bleeding (soaking a pad or tampon in one hour or less)
  • Have multiple blood clots larger than a quarter
  • Feel weak or faint during your period
  • Throw up during your period
  • Have periods that last for more than a week
  • Have severe PMS that gets in the way of your everyday activities
  • Notice that your period flow or texture is different than normal