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What does it mean when my period is lasting longer than usual? it's usually 5 days but this time it's lasting over 10 days. this had never happened before.

5 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Levine
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Intermenstrual bleed: It is not uncommon for women with normal menstrual cycles to have an episode of either bleeding between cycles, missed period, heavier or longer period than normal. These episodes are often due to sudden hormonal changes, possibly due to recent illness, stress, weight changes, certain meds, living with other menstruating women, or pregnancy. If they keep lasting longer than 8 days get evaluated.
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Long period: Could be youwere prenant and this is a miscarrige , could be variation could be from fibroids ( need sonogram to detect ) or due to thyroid issues. Check TSH f/u with doc urgent ncare
Dr. Mary David
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Many possiblities: A prolonged period ( more than 7 days) can be due to infections, uterine or cervical polyps, anovulation, medications, obesity, or other illnesses. A full history, exam, and appropriate testing would be necessary in order to say what the cause is in your case. Hope this helps.
Dr. Claudette Anderson
Specializes in Gynecology
When bleeding is: Prolonged ;it could be many reasons from infection , early pregnancy loss, some structural abnormality or some hormonal changes.The bottom line is: you need to have a full gynecological work up.Please make an appointment with your gynecologist.
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Minor variation: Tract your menstrual cycle length and duration for at least 3 months and see if the longer 10 day patter repeats itself. If it does, see a GYN MD who will look for a pathological cause of the bleeding disorder. Otherwise, this may be a normal minor variation of your menstrual cyclicity.

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