Between muscle aches, fatigue, a weird appetite, mood swings, and bloating, things are just fan-freakin-tastic before your period arrives. And don't even get me started on the inevitable cramps. Although some women seem to avoid the experience of cramps, others are cursed with more than just minor discomfort. And, in some cases, that pain could be a sign of a larger issue. There are a number of red flags that your cramps mean something more serious, and not just annoying reminders that it's that time of the month.
Many people know what their definition of normal is when it comes to PMS symptoms and period characteristics. That being said. there are a lot of variables that could interfere with your normal for any given month. Stress, diet, and more can all affect your cycle, making it just a little bit less predictable. According to PubMed Health, 10 out of every 100 women experience debilitating pain related to cramps that interfere with their life for several days each month. If your cramps seem off somehow, it may be worth talking about it with your healthcare provider. Because issues with cramps, like those below, can signal that there could be something more serious than normal menstrual cramps at play.