What if I have painful periods?
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– Changes of time between periods
– Losing more blood than usual
If all of these symptoms last for longer than a year it is crucial to visit doctor.
For example, if a girl has appendicitis and she uses the heating pad to "get rid of the pain" it will lead to the development of peritonitis (complication of appendicitis).
•Non-steroidal painkillers like Ketoprofen
– Mild pain in the lower stomach
– Rise of the body temperature until 37 C
Everyone has a different pain tolerance. But periods are not supposed to make you unable to function as usual. If a woman is unable to get up from her bed without taking a painkiller or she can't get herself ready for the day without the meds, or if the pain is accompanied by diarrhea, headache or constipation – it is in fact painful period and a problem that has to be resolved.
PMS may develop in different forms:
– Mood swings
– Increased appetite
– Changes in stool
If PMS affects a woman a lot she has to go to the doctors because PMS is a change in hormones but whether or not the changes are «right» can only be assessed by the professional.
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