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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 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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