Painful/irregular periods

There are many reasons why a woman may miss her usual monthly period, or why periods may stop altogether.

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There are many reasons why a woman may miss her usual monthly period, or why periods may stop altogether.

Some common reasons are:

  • Pregnancy
  • Stress
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Obesity
  • Over-Exercising
  • Menopause

Your period is considered irregular if it's longer than 38 days or if the duration varies.

Irregular periods can have several causes from hormonal imbalances, to other underlying conditions and should be evaluated by your doctor.

Irregular periods can be common in puberty and before the menopause while changing your contraception can also disturb your normal menstrual cycle.

Some naturally have heavier periods than others and pain during periods is common, caused by the womb contracting to push out the blood.


Some women get a one-sided pain in their lower abdomen when they ovulate which can be a dull cramp or a sharp and sudden twinge and can last just a few minutes or continue for a day or two.

Symptoms of painful periods can include:

  • Heavy menstrual flow (menorrhagia)
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Indigestion
  • Diarrhoea
  • Painful bowel movements or urination
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Leg Pain (neuropathy)
  • Headaches or Migraines
  • Fatigue

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is believed to be linked to changing levels of hormones during the menstrual cycle.

*For information purposes only. If you have any health concerns, seek immediate attention from your doctor.