Menstrual disorder



A condition that causes irregular or painful menstrual periods.


Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve) may help control heavy bleeding and ease menstrual cramps.

When to seek immediate medical care

Seek emergency help for heavy menstrual bleeding along with:

  • Chest pain.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Dizziness.

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a healthcare professional for:

  • Bleeding or spotting that happens between periods or after sex.
  • Bleeding that soaks through one or more tampons or pads an hour.
  • Bleeding that lasts more than one week.
  • Menstrual cycles that last longer than 35 days or less than 21 days.
  • Menstrual cycle length that varies by more than 7 to 9 days.
  • No period for 3 to 6 months.
  • Vaginal bleeding after menopause.