Menstrual Disorders

Your period

When it isn’t normal

Ugh. Raise your hand if you hate having periods. (We’ve got our hands up, too.) Fortunately, most menstrual cycles are “normal”, with varying stages of discomfort. But when you have symptoms that aren’t normal, you may have a menstrual disorder. And at Women’s Health Associates, we’re here to help.

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Menstrual Disorders

What are menstrual disorders?

Just like no two women are the same, no two menstrual periods are the same either. Some women are very regular, beginning and ending around the same time each month, while others have fluctuating cycles. This is all normal. However, menstrual cycles often bring about a variety of uncomfortable symptoms leading up to your period that may indicate you have a menstrual disorder. These symptoms include:

  • Dysmenorrhea — Painful cramps that can start a few days before, during, or after a menstrual period
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) — Can cause irritability, nervousness, depression, fatigue, and abdominal bloating
  • Menorrhagia —  Abnormally heavy bleeding
  • Oligomenorrhea — Light or infrequent menstruation
  • Amenorrhea — No bleeding during the menstrual cycle
  • Metrorrhagia — Irregular periods


At Women’s Health Associates, we understand what you’re going through – after all, we’re women, too.


If you think you may have a menstrual disorder, the last thing you should do is suffer in silence. The first step in diagnosing menstrual problems and getting you on the road to wellness is to see your doctor. We’ll take you through diagnosis and then develop a treatment plan that is individualized for your specific needs.

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