Symptoms of menstrual disorders may be:

Heavy Bleeding

  • Pads and tampons are often soaked with blood. They need to be changed more often than once every 1 to 2 hours.
  • Blood clots that are 1 inch or bigger.
  • Periods that last longer than 7 days.

Lack of Period

Primary Amenorrhea

  • No period by 16 years of age.
  • No sexual growth or period by 14 years of age or older.
  • No period by 2 years after puberty.

Secondary Amenorrhea

A woman had normal periods, but they have stopped for at least 3 months in a row.


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Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Elliot M. Levine, MD, FACOG  Last Updated: 11/20/2020