When should you seek medical attention for abnormal menstruation (periods)?
Contact a doctor or medical professional if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Severe pain during your period or between periods
- Unusually heavy bleeding (soaking through a sanitary pad or tampon every hour for two to three hours) or passing large clots
- An abnormal or foul-smelling vaginal discharge
- High fever
- A period lasting longer than seven days
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting between periods or after you have gone through menopause
- 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.