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A 16-year-old female asked:

16 y/o with very far apart periods. only had 1 in 2019 (last 3 days of spring break) other females in family didn't experience this. i get bad stomach/head aches and "cramps" without the blood. normal?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Doctor can evaluate: A doctor can check to see if there is a medical issue, if a teen has such menstrual symptoms. Many women have some variation of their mucus discharge, of their periods, or a missed period on occasion. Some women feel normal after a few days, but others have bothersome symptoms (such as "really bad" cramps) and go to see a doctor. A 16-year-old with 1 period per year should talk with her doctor.

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