We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us questions they had about their periods that they were too scared to ask.
Then we spoke with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science at the Yale School of Medicine to get her expert responses on these questions.
And here's what she had to say:
6. When I was growing up, I was told that leaving tampons in longer than four hours could open you up to risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome, but most girls I know sleep in tampons. Isn't this a bad idea, and really dangerous? —jmac1973
7. What side effects can there be when you take your birth control packs back to back (skipping the placebo week)? —kmmayy
10. Why is it that sometimes I don't get my period but still have the symptoms like cramping, bloating, and heightened emotions while using a contraceptive like an IUD? —missjulie19892
12. Is it normal for your boobs to feel really sore when you are on your period? Mine always get really sore when I’m on it and I’m not sure if this is normal or not. —doglover23
16. What do the different colors of period blood mean? (Dark red, blood red, light red, reddish pink). Do they represent hormone levels? —peopleoftheuniverse7012
18. Lately I have been getting migraine headaches at the beginning of each cycle. They knock me out worse than cramps do. Is this just a part of getting older or is this not normal? —emmag48a366955
20. Is it a red flag if all of a sudden your flow becomes more irregular and heavier then before? —nicegirlz202
21. Is having few periods (a handful a year) a sign of underlying illness? Aside from this, I'm healthy and the periods themselves are normal. —kadamony
If you have a specific question or concern about your period, don't be afraid to ask your gynecologist! Open communication between both of you will help you get the answers you need.