Written for Mediaplanet‘s campaign on Women’s Health.

Published in print inside the Toronto Star in September 2015. 

Menstruation is a regular part of being a woman, but experts warn that your “time of the month” should not require taking time out from regular life.

“You should not be living with heavy menstrual bleeding that prevents you from living your life — prevents you from doing leisure activities, work activity, or spending time with your family,” says Dr. Ally Murji, a gynecologist working at Mount Sinai Hospital and Women’s College Hospital. “If the heaviness or pain with your period is affecting any of those, then that’s considered abnormal.”

An estimated 30 percent of women will seek medical help for abnormal uterine bleeding during their reproductive years, according to The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada.

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