Dealing with the bloat

Hello, elastic waistbands. Bloating, or water retention, is a common and uncomfortable experience around that time of the month. But serious bloating can indicate something else is going on. In some cases, serious bloating is caused by infections or diseases like pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), diverticulitis or Crohn’s disease- as well as some cancers.

So, what is serious bloating, and how do you know if you’re experiencing it? Generally, it occurs with other symptoms. You should speak with your OBGYN if you experience bloating in conjunction with abdominal pain, blood in your stool, unexplained weight-loss or fever.

False start- vaginal spotting

Girls just starting their periods or women changing birth control may experience spotting and cycle irregularities. Otherwise- vaginal spotting may be mean something is up. Most commonly, irregular spotting is caused by hormonal imbalance- which could make it difficult to conceive when you’re ready to have a baby. Other reasons you may be reaching for pads could include uterine cancer, endometriosis or a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

Most of the time vaginal spotting resolves on its own. But if you experience off-period bleeding regularly- you should tell your OBGYN.

Oh, cramps

Menstrual cramps can be a pain- literally. If cramps are bothering you and you’re not on your period- there are a number of possible culprits. Mild cramping is an early pregnancy symptom that is completely normal. Sharp, stabbing pains and severely painful cramps are not normal, though. Miscarriage, ovarian cysts and endometriosis can all cause painful cramps. Call your OBGYN if your cramps worsen or if you have abnormal bleeding or spotting with severe cramps.

Talk with the Doc

Everyone has their own normal, so when something changes or feels wrong you should listen to your body. While PMS symptoms can be annoying- they shouldn’t interfere with your life. Call our office to discuss whether your PMS symptoms are normal or something more.