ZocdocAnswersWhat does an early period mean?

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What does an early period mean?

its been coming early 3 months in a row, alot more painful then before. like one month it came on the 15th then the next the 8th then this month the 2ed

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Every woman's periods are quite individualized. For some women, having a period come every three weeks (rather than every four) may be normal. However, it sounds like previously your periods were not coming this frequently. It also sounds lie the pain with the periods is quite a bit more severe than before. Therefore, I would recommend a consultation with your primary care doctor or with your OB GYN doctor. They will be able to help you figure out what might be going on. Sometimes, irregular periods might be a sign of a hormonal imbalance. One of the most common causes of irregular periods, for example, is trouble with the thyroid gland. Another very common problem is polycystic ovarian syndrome, also caused by hormonal imbalances. In addition to these causes, other gynecological problems, especially fibroids in the uterus, certain infections, and endometriosis, can all have menstrual irregularities as one of their manifesting symptoms. Your doctor will perform a complete exam, including a pelvic examination. Based on what they find, they may also want to get some additional blood work and potentially also an ultrasound to look at the anatomy of the uterus and ovaries. Please make an appointment with your doctor's office at your earliest convenience.

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