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8 Signs That Show There Is Something Wrong With Your Period

8 Signs That Show There Is Something Wrong With Your Period

Let’s face it, having your period is no fun at the best of times…but when there is something wrong with it, it can be a whole lot worse.  But sometimes it can be hard for women and girls to spot it when they are having a period problem: there is a wide range of what is considered to be normal!  Below, to help you out, are 8 signs that show there is something wrong with your period.

Your Period is Irregular

Believe it or not, some women never achieve a 28 day cycle — and anything between 21 and 45 days is actually considered to be normal!  Girls who have just begun to have their period may find that it is irregular for the first few years — and women who are on the brink of menopause will do the same.  However, if you are used to, for example, having a 35-day cycle and suddenly you drop to a 22-day cycle instead, it is best to call your ob-gyn, as this could indicate a hormonal imbalance or other problem.

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Your Periods are Too Close Together or Too Far Apart

If your periods are coming less than 21 days or more than 45 days apart, this could be a signal that something is going on with your health as well.  Common causes for too long or too short a menstrual cycle include hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism (too much or too little thyroid hormone). Hard core diets and a too-rigorous exercise schedule can also make periods less frequent.  Talking to your doctor about a thyroid function test and going over your diet and exercise routine can be very helpful.

Your Period Comes with Severe Cramps

Mild to moderate cramping during a period is considered normal.  But when it is seriously inferring with your life — such as your ability to go to work or school — then there might be a problem. Sometimes severe cramps can be related to your uterus producing too high an amount of prostaglandins, hormone-like compounds that can be a sign of endometriosis or other serious reproductive problem. Talk to your doctor about this and in the meantime, consider using an anti-inflammatory product like Advil which will help block prostaglandin production before it even starts.

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Your Period Comes with Abnormal Bleeding

Bleeding for 3-7 days, and going through 3-6 tampons on each of those days, is considered to be a normal period. However, if you bleed for longer than 7 days or are going through a tampon every hour, there is something wrong. Abnormal bleeding can be caused by many things, include hypothyroidism or uterine cysts or polyps or endometriosis. Your doctor will likely want to do a pelvic exam and other tests to figure out what is causing the abnormal blood flow. This is important to treat, as otherwise it can lead to iron deficiency anemia.

You’re Bleeding in Between Your Periods

It is not considered normal to bleed in between your periods under most circumstances.  Be sure to report any unusual bleeding as this can be a sign of low progesterone levels or other hormonal imbalances, the beginnings of menopause (in older women) and is even a side effect of some contraceptives.

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Your Period Comes with Excessive Clots

Some blood clotting during your period is normal, especially in the mornings if the blood has dried overnight.  However, excessive blood clotting should be reported to your doctor, as it could be a sign of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), thyroid problems or even blood disorders such as von Willebrand’s disease.

Your Periods are Late in Starting

If you (or your daughter or sister) is 16 and has not yet had a period, going into an ob-gyn for an evaluation is a good idea.  This delay in periods could be caused by an eating disorder, hormonal problems or excessive exercise. There are also conditions like genetic disorders or problems with the ovaries or the pituitary gland, which helps to regulate hormones throughout the body.

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Your Period is Sometimes Absent

The most obvious cause of a missed period is pregnancy — and a simple at-home pregnancy test should be able to tell you if this is the case!  If you have missed a period but are not pregnant, there are other reasons that this could be happening. These include hormonal disorders like PCOS, use of birth control, poor nutrition, depression or prolonged stress or illness. However, missed periods can also occur with something even more serious, such as ovarian cancer.

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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