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By February 18, 2015 - 11:01am
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Hi, so a few days prior to starting my period I experienced pelvic pain on the lower right side. It felt mainly like a tightness or pressure and sometimes like a knotting pain.
I also felt the same feeling (at random) on the left side and other parts of my body that don't carry ovaries.
Also my flow is much heavier than usual and very black. I'm on my third day and all of this abnormal for me. I usually don't ever experience pelvic pains before my period, I have a regular flow and the blood is almost always bright red except for clotting.

Also I usually experience pain on the first day of my period and this time I experienced for two days and painkillers didn't do much to soften the pain. Usually I take two and I'm good for the rest of the week. This time I had to take a total of 6 (within a 2-day period).

Should I be concerned at all? Usually my period symptoms are always the same but this time it's full of changes.

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Hi dreamconfetti,


Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community!

I understand why you are concerned.  It sounds like your menstrual cycles are very regular and have consistent characteristics.  Anytime things change with our bodies, we should take note. 

Some common examples of menstrual problems:

·         Periods that occur 21 days or more

·         Missing 3 or more periods

·         Heavier flow or lighter than usual

·         Lasting longer than 7 days

·         Periods that are accompanied by pain, cramping, nausea or vomiting

·         Bleeding between periods

Some discomfort during the cycle is normal, but the additional pain you are experiencing could be Dysmenorrhea, which is painful periods and severe menstrual cramps. 

With regards to your flow, is there any abnormal odor with the change in color from bright red to darker? 

Heavy discharge with unpleasant odor, irregular periods, pain in the pelvic and lower abdominal areas, fever, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea are potential signs of (PID) Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.

Endometriosis may cause abnormal bleeding, cramps or pain before and during periods and painful intercourse.

I suggest keeping a diary of how things are different and sharing this information with your doctor at your next scheduled appt.  If things get really uncomfortable, go get checked out sooner.

Here is some additional information to review:

What is an Abnormal Period?

Abnormal Menstruation

I hope this helps!

Be well


February 18, 2015 - 2:59pm
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