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I am on birth control and i got my period 2 weeks early and it is lasting longer than normal and is not getting lighter like it is going go stop soon.

I am on birth control and i got my period 2 weeks early and it is lasting longer than normal and is not getting lighter like it is going go stop soon.

Need evaluation: When you are on the birth control pill, there is often good control of when your period occurs with occasional breakthrough spotting. Daily bleeding unrelated to your cycle or pill-free week needs to be evaluated. Check a pregnancy test now and schedule a visit with your doctor! ...Read more

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My period is always 4 days and now it is lasting longer. How can I put back to normal.

My period is always 4 days and now it is lasting longer.  How can I put back to normal.

Period length: There is little YOU can do to change this. See your provider, make sure pap and all necessary diagnostic tests are done. There are MANY options to help patients have shorter, lighter periods assuming all else is normal. ...Read more

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My normal period is only four days long, but i am now on day 9 of my period. why is it lasting so long?

My normal period is only four days long, but i am now on day 9 of my period. why is it lasting so long?

Could be many things: A few things could be at work here. First, you're young and still prone to having random irregular periods that can include either longer than normal or heavier than normal. Also, if you are on any hormonal birth control, this can cause this kind of cycle to happen once in awhile while you adjust to the hormones. If you bleed more than 3 weeks, see your doc for a drug to stop the bleeding. ...Read more

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My period is lasting too long after taking microgynon 30, is it normal?

My period is lasting too long after taking microgynon 30, is it normal?

Not sure: Need more info to know if it is normal. How many days are you bleeding? What day (in your cycle pack)do you start bleeding? With this additional information, we can give you a more specific answer ...Read more

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Is it normal I have had my period for 21 days! last month i had my period for a month and apparently this month is also lasting as long. I do have low anemia and I am concern that it might be that. I bleed in excess right now it is regular but days ago i

A : A regular period occurs once every 24-35 days (3.5 to 5 weeks) and should last 7 days or less. The two most common reasons for abnormal cycles are abnormal hormone levels or problems with the uterus. In order to check your hormone levels, you should have a hormonal evaluation to look at your thyroid function (tsh/t4), ovarian function (fsh) on day 2-4 of your cycle, pituitary function (specifically prolactin) and your testosterone levels (to see if you have polycystic ovarian syndrome). If any of these are abnormal they can usually be treated with medication. In order to evaluate the uterus, the best test will be a sonohystogram (pelvic ultrasound with saline water infusion into the uterus). This will allow the doctor to "see" inside the uterus to see if you have any polyps (abnormal growths of uterine lining) or fibroids (non-cancerous tumors) that can be causing the bleeding. The ultrasound will also allow the doctor to check for large ovarian cysts or many small ovarian cysts (polycystic ovaries) which can lead to heavy or prolonged bleeding. If you have anemia due to heavy bleeding you may consider taking a multivitamin or iron tablets. You may consider seeing a reproductive endocrinologist to help resolve your bleeding issues. Stephan krotz, M.D.--reproductive endocrinologist-houston, tx http://www.Infertilityanswers.Com/stephan-krotz http://www.Facebook.Com/pages/dr-stephan-krotz/... ...Read more

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I've been on what I think is my period for 10 days they're never this long and it my first period since having a child 6 months ago is this normal?

Probably normal.: Your first period after having a baby can be unusually heavy. If you are breastfeeding full-time, you hopefully got a break from your periods! if you are starting to wean and this is the first period, it is not unusual for them to be longer/heavier than before. If it continues or you have spotting in between, you should see your doctor for a possible ultrasound. ...Read more

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