While menstruation is generally defined as occurring over a regular 28-day cycle, the truth is that it differs - within parameters - for every woman. Here are some of the most frequently-asked questions about period pain, spotting, heavy flows and contraception.
For the last few months, I've been spotting around 3 to 4 days before my period starts. It's brown and I get stomach cramps with it. Then the cramps get REALLY bad when my period does start - pain medication doesn't help and I have to take a day off work.
My doctor suspects I have endometriosis. Would that be the cause of the spotting? I'm very concerned as my husband and I want to start trying for a baby. I'm 29 now, so I'm scared we won't be able to get pregnant