If your period changed, became heavier, lighter, longer, or less frequent, would you notice? Paying attention to changes in your cycle provides a clue into your overall health. While some issues, such as stress, may temporarily affect your period and resolve on their own, others can indicate a more serious health problem that needs to be addressed. “I always recommend patients download a period tracker app on their phone,” says Eduardo Lara-Torre, M.D., an ob-gyn at Carilion Clinic in Virginia. “It’s important to understand what’s normal for you so you can identify when something isn’t right.” Addressing any menstrual changes early on can prevent them from getting worse so you can sail smoothly through your monthly flow.

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