Get more in tune with your body. 

By Robin Hilmantel
June 01, 2016

This article originally appeared on Motto

You know that taking hormonal birth control or, you know, getting pregnant will affect your period. But other less obvious factors can also influence your cycle.

Usually, when you notice a change in your period, there’s nothing to worry about, says Dr. Scott Sullivan, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Medial University of South Carolina.

“The first thing I tell people who come in worried about a change is that, most of the time, everything is fine,” he says. “Oftentimes, if you just wait three to six months, whatever changes are seen will straighten out.”

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If you’ve noticed a recent change, one of the common culprits below could be to blame. But remember, the best way to figure out what’s behind any unusual symptoms is to visit an OB-GYN for an exam.

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