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What can I talk to my doctor about?

Tell your doctor about your menstrual period if:

  • You are 15 years old and have not had a menstrual period
  • Your periods were regular and occurred monthly and then they became irregular
  • Your period occurs more often than every 21 days or less often than every 35 days
  • Your period occurs 90 days apart (even if only for one cycle)
  • Your periods last more than seven days
  • Your periods require frequent pad or tampon changes (soaking more than one every one-two hours)
  • You have severe cramps that cause headaches, dizziness, and nausea
  • Your menstrual cramps don’t resolve with over the counter medication

What special concerns can be discussed with my OB/GYN?

Many young women share the same health concerns. Most of these concerns are a normal part of growing up and they can all be discussed with your doctor. Here are a few examples:

  • Irregular Periods/ Cramping
  • Acne
  • Weight gain
  • Eating disorders
  • Sex and sexuality
  • Birth control
  • Sexually transmitted disease
  • Alcohol, drugs, and smoking
  • Emotional ups and downs
  • Bullying or physical/sexual abuse
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