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All of my periods are eight days long, is this normal? Can i make it shorter?

All of my periods are eight days long, is this normal? Can i make it shorter?

Long periods: Eight days is a bit too long and there might be a reason that your GYN MD can discern by examination. Discuss this with him/her at your next appointment to avoid low blood levels (anemia). ...Read more

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My periods are 8 days long and heavy, should I be worried or is this quite normal?

My periods are 8 days long and heavy, should I be worried or is this quite normal?

Can be normal: If this is a new change for you, you may want to get a check up. Also consider getting your blood count checked to make sure you are not becoming anemic. ...Read more

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I had my periods for 4 days then i stopped. What does it mean? It usually lasts longer?

I had my periods for 4 days then i stopped. What does it mean? It usually lasts longer?

Not sure.: The main reason for light periods is a change in hormone levels. Causes for what seems to be a light period can include: implantation bleeding in early pregnancy, thyroid problems, eating disorders, excessive exercise, initial periods for a girl, use of an intrauterine device, oral contraceptives & perimenopause. ...Read more

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My periods have been regular for so long and the past two months have been irregular. What could it be from?

My periods have been regular for so long and the past two months have been irregular. What could it be from?

Normal variation.: Cycles in young females can be irregular for a large variety of reasons. The most common reasons would be pregnancy followed by diet, stress, and exercise. ...Read more

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Hello my periods are always the same every month . This month it was late and two days long what could this mean?

Hello my periods are always the same every month . This month it was late and two days long what could this mean?

Normal variation: It is common for the cycle to vary from time to time. A few days difference in start time of menses should not be worrisome. The intensity of the menses can also vary so it should not be alarming to have an occasional lighter (or heavier) period. Of course, there is always the possibility of conception if you are sexually active - so if there is concern it would be proper to check a pregnancy test ...Read more

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This is the 4th month in a row my periods is late by a good few days but this month its longer I am concerned and worried.

This is the 4th month in a row my periods is late by a good few days but this month its longer I am concerned and worried.

Periods longer : A lot of things can affect the length of a menstrual period. Stress, diet & exercise, weight changes, travel, and even a new environment with new people can contribute to the length of a menstrual period. If a woman is sexually active, a late menses sometimes indicates pregnancy. Over the counter pregnancy tests are most accurate one week (or more) after a missed or late menses. ...Read more

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My periods are now regularly 11 days long, with days 1-5 being almost entirely black/brown. Is this normal? What could be causing this?

My periods are now regularly 11 days long, with days 1-5 being almost entirely black/brown. Is this normal? What could be causing this?

Heavy periods: There are multiple options. Hormonal treatments such as birth control pills, Progesterone treatments and the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud are effective reversible treatments that will help many people. There is also a drug called Lysteda that contains no hormones which will help others. If you are done having children discuss the option of an endometrial ablation. In some cases a hysterectomy will be needed. ...Read more