Menstruation is the release of blood and endometrial tissue through the vagina that occurs as part of the normal menstrual cycle. Menstrual disorders may involve the absence of menses (amenorrhea), abnormal vaginal bleeding, or other conditions related to menstruation.
A woman's menstrual history begins with her first period (menarche) and continues until menopause. It includes average cycle length and common associated symptoms, such as menstrual cramps, ovulation pain, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). If you have irregular periods, heavy bleeding, or painful cramping, we may be able to help you by prescribing an oral contraceptive.