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Doctor insights on: How To Lengthen Your Menstrual Cycle

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Dr. Kristie Deblasio Dr. Deblasio
Clinical Psychology
8 years in practice
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Late menstrual cycle prolonged cycle y?

Late menstrual cycle prolonged cycle y?

Period: I cannot speak from a medical perspective, but from a psychological perspective, stress can affect your cycle onset and duration.

Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


Dr. Rahil Malik Dr. Malik
Obstetrics & Gynecology
6 years in practice
Saba University School of Medicine (coursework from 1/1/02 to present)
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I am having a prolonged menstrual cycle, how long is to long before I should be concerned? What are some causes?

I am having a prolonged menstrual cycle, how long is to long before I should be concerned? What are some causes?

Multiple causes: Most women have periods lasting for 3-7 days but for some the bleeding can be longer than a week. Hormonal imbalances such as hypothyroidism, obesity, or structural issues arising from fibroids are common culprits that cause prolonged bleeding. if you have heavy bleeding using > 2 pads / hr ; talk to your GYN for further options.

Dr. Wayne Ingram Dr. Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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My menstrual cycle shifted from being regular to irregular for the past 2 years. For the past 2 months, my menstrual bleed has lengthened to 2-3 weeks?

My menstrual cycle shifted from being regular to irregular for the past 2 years. For the past 2 months, my menstrual bleed has lengthened to 2-3 weeks?

Reason for GYN MD: Period changes such as yours is a good reason to see a GYN MD since this has lasted for at least two years. There are many causes for such irregularity, too many to list here.

Dr. Wendy Askew Dr. Askew
Obstetrics & Gynecology
20 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Is it normal to all of a sudden experience an extended menstrual cycle when haven't had one in years since getting mirena (levonorgestrel)?

Is it normal to all of a sudden experience an extended menstrual cycle when haven't had one in years since getting mirena (levonorgestrel)?

Not normal: This doesn't happen to most patients with mirena (levonorgestrel). It could indicate breakthrough bleeding due to the progestin hormone in the iud, could be due to an ovarian cyst, or - possibly due to a pregnancy (that is rare, but possible). Should definitely check a pregnancy test, and see doctor if it persists.

Dr. L. Collins Dr. Collins
Gynecology
32 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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Dr. Dorothy Carin Dr. Carin
Family Medicine
21 years in practice
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
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Why I am having longer than usual menstrual period? Is extended spotting a problem?

Why I am having longer than usual menstrual period? Is extended spotting a problem?

Hormones: Any changes in your normal menstrual period can be related to hormones. If you are concerned, you should get your hormone levels checked. Spotting can be from multiple causes, cervical infection, polyp, fibroids or it could be normal for you. Again, if you are concerned you should go in to get checked.

Dr. David Howard Dr. Howard
Gynecology
37 years in practice
University of South Florida College of Medicine
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I had a d+c bc of prolonged menstrual period. 33 days after I got my period, today is day 3, day 1 was almost nothing, but day 2 and 3 a lot in toilet

I had a d+c bc of prolonged menstrual period. 33 days after I got my period, today is day 3, day 1 was almost nothing, but day 2 and 3 a lot in toilet

See details: Assuming that you are not pregnant, d&c's rarely provide long term correction of bleeding problems. They are helpful at stopping bleeding quickly and diagnosing some endometrial disorders, but they will not correct bleeding from hormonal disorders or structural causes such as polyps and fibroids. I would recommend additional evaluation if a specific cause has not been determined.

Dr. Usha Mukhytar Dr. Mukhytar
Gynecology
22 years in practice
University of Mumbai, Seth G. S. Medical College
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Dr. Charles Whiting Dr. Whiting
Obstetrics & Gynecology
23 years in practice
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Dr. Vicki Levine Dr. Levine
Dermatology
37 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Extended/unusual (12+ days) menstrual period w/clots; hair loss; mild dizziness. Are they poss. Related? Watch/wait or make an appointment?

Extended/unusual (12+ days) menstrual period w/clots; hair loss; mild dizziness. Are they poss. Related? Watch/wait or make an appointment?

Don't delay: I would see your gynecologist as soon as possible since it is unclear how much blood you were losing and that might explain your dizziness.

Dr. Warren Wolfe Dr. Wolfe
Family Medicine
54 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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42 years diabetic uterus anteverted bulky in size 51*47*92 mm, ET 2.9 mm, profuse bleeding and cramp during and prolonged menstrual period?

42 years diabetic uterus anteverted bulky in size 51*47*92 mm, ET 2.9 mm, profuse bleeding and cramp during and prolonged menstrual period?

Need more info: Being 42 and your being diabetic, it's hard to give you a complete answer. Both age & diabetes carry a lot of red flags especially with your symptoms. My best advice is to make an appointment VERY SOON with your gynecologist.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Is a 45 day menstrual cycle ok?

Is a 45 day menstrual cycle ok?

Very long.: Menstrual cycle usually lasts between 21 and 35 days.

Dr. Andrea Brand Dr. Brand
Family Medicine
years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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What's a 32 day menstrual cycle?

What's a 32 day menstrual cycle?

Time to menses: A 32 day cycle refers to the amount of time between the first day of flow to the next first day of flow

Dr. Carol Peters-tanksley Dr. Peters-tanksley
Obstetrics & Gynecology
31 years in practice
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
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Can I shorten my menstrual cycle?

Yes: If your periods are long and/or heavy, various medications may help, such as birth control pills (even though you've had a tubal ligation). Other options for long heavy periods sometimes include lysteda, the Levonorgestrel iud, or an endometrial ablation. It's worth talking to your gynecologist about.

Dr. Jovita Anyanwu Dr. Anyanwu
Internal Medicine
26 years in practice
Lyceum Northwestern, Dr. Francisco Q. Duque Medical Foundation
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Can a menstrual cycle be 17 days?

Can a menstrual cycle be 17 days?

Yes: But uncommon to have a very short cycle

Dr. Alan Patterson Dr. Patterson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
38 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Is 78 day menstrual cycle normal?

Not normal: Too long normal interval is considered 21-35 days you gyn can do a work up.

Dr. Timothy Brown Dr. Brown
Obstetrics & Gynecology
40 years in practice
University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
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Define menstrual cycle in detail?

Define menstrual cycle in detail?

Vaginal bleeding: The menstrual cycle is monthly vaginal bleeding which occurs when the woman is fertile and ovulates (produces an egg, which takes about 2 weeks) but does NOT then get pregnant. The uterine lining will build up for a couple of weeks to prepare for a possible pregnancy. This will shed away in the form of bleeding when pregnancy has not occurred and then the process will start all over again.

Dr. Michael Opsahl Dr. Opsahl
Fertility Medicine
39 years in practice
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
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What controls the menstrual cycle?

What controls the menstrual cycle?

The ovary: You may not believe it but the ovary controls the cycle. The brain hormones are actually passive to the ovarian hormones. The physiology is complicated but if we were to give the same rain hormone pulses every hour then the ovary would control the pituitary hormones and ovulation would occur.

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Dr. Jane Van Dis Dr. Van Dis
Obstetrics & Gynecology
14 years in practice
Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota
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No menstrual cycle for two months?

No menstrual cycle for two months?

At 48 okay: At 48 it's normal to have some increased fluxuations in your cycle. The average age of menopause is 51, so you're getting closer. Many women in late 40's begin to miss periods. If you're not too heavy or too thin, and you don't have a thyroid disorder then I wouldn't worry. Of course, pregnancy needs to be ruled out (i know, I know!), but that's highly unlikely. Hope that helps.

Dr. Douglas Lawson Dr. Lawson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
24 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Why do women have menstrual cycle?

To become pregnant: Each month during your reproductive life the lining of your uterus (endometrium) thickens in anticipation of a pregnancy implanting into it. If that doesn't happen, hormonal changes make you shed that lining (your period) so it can be regenerated the next cycle.

Menstrual (Definition)

Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more


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