There are many different menstrual conditions that require the care of a physician, including:
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Unpleasant or uncomfortable symptoms during the menstrual cycle that can affect daily functioning. These symptoms may last from a few hours to many days. Although the symptoms usually stop once menstruation begins, in some women, symptoms may last through and after their periods.
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
This is a much more severe form of the PMS symptoms. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder affects approximately three to eight percent of women of reproductive age and is considered a severe and chronic medical condition that requires attention and treatment.
Amenorrhea is missing three or more menstrual periods, in the absence of pregnancy. Amenorrhea may be classified as primary, meaning menstruation never began at puberty, or secondary, meaning menstruation began normally but at some point became abnormal or absent.
This menstrual condition is characterized by severe and frequent menstrual cramps and pain associated with menstruation. It is important to rule out other causes of dysmenorrheal, such as endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease.
This is the most common type of abnormal uterine bleeding, characterized by heavy and prolonged menstrual bleeding. In some cases, bleeding may be so severe and relentless that daily activities become interrupted.
Treatment for these conditions and others will be determined after a complete evaluation, medical history and testing if necessary.