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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


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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 period was normally light and lasting a couple of days but for the past two cycles they've been unbearably heavy and lasting longer, why?

My period was normally light and lasting a couple of days but for the past two cycles they've been unbearably heavy and lasting longer, why?

Many possibilities: This could be random variation, but that is less likely now that it has happened for 2 cycles. You did not provide your age or whether you are on any medication, which are both pertinent. Possibilities range from various types of tumors (not necessarily cancerous) to pregnancy issues. See your gynecologist to discuss this further. ...Read more

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What could cause my period to be longer than normal?

What could cause my period to be longer than normal?

Many things: Longer menstrual flow is usually caused by a hormonal change (even pregnancy), a problem in the uterus, or a blood clotting defect. More than 7 day periods or a sudden change for you can indicate a problem and should be checked. ...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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My period has lasted longer than normal almost 10days? Is this normal? Should I see a dr?

My period has lasted longer than normal almost 10days? Is this normal? Should I see a dr?

Not necessarily: Sometimes, younger women such as yourself can experience mild menstrual changes from month to month (i.e. Slightly longer or shorter duration). If you experience ongoing menstrual changes causing heavy bleeding, skipping periods, or worsening cramping or abdominal pain associated with your period, you should seek the opinion of your doctor. ...Read more

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My period started feb 19 and still on going. Is it normal? This is the first time it lasts this long.

My period started feb 19 and still on going. Is it normal? This is the first time it lasts this long.

No, not normal: Tonight is feb 28th, meaning your period has now been going on for 9-10 days. Is it still heavy? If so, you need to see your primary care physician or gynecologist. ...Read more

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I've been on my period over 3 weeks now when its normally only about a week long. Please help what is wrong with me?

I've been on my period over 3 weeks now when its normally only about a week long. Please help what is wrong with me?

Many possibilities: The most important thing to do first is run a home urine pregnancy test. This needs to be done anytime a sexually active women has any irregularity in her bleeding pattern. If it's negative, other common causes would be infection, hormonal change, side effect from contraception and others. ...Read more

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My period has been extremely heavy. It started early, has been heavy, and has lasted longer than normal. Should I worry?

My period has been extremely heavy. It started early, has been heavy, and has lasted longer than normal. Should I worry?

If it stops: And if it's only this one period then 'no.' if it doesn't stop or becomes a pattern next month you shoudl see your doctor. ...Read more

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My period is heavier and lasts longer since I had my baby in September 2012. It was usually 3 days but now 7 days. Is it normal?

My period is heavier and lasts longer since I had my baby in September 2012. It was usually 3 days but now 7 days. Is it normal?

Probably normal: There can be changes in your menstrual cycle after you have a pregnancy. If your menses are still regular and if the bleeding is not excessive with a large amount of clots it is likely normal ...Read more

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This month my period has been very heavy for longer. Is that normal? Usually only 1 day heavy but its now day 3 heavy. 2 pads at daytime

This month my period has been very heavy for longer. Is that normal? Usually only 1 day heavy but its now day 3 heavy. 2 pads at daytime

Options: There are lots of treatment options for heavy periods. For women who are not done having periods birth control pills work well. Mirena (levonorgestrel) iuds can decrease bleeding significantly. There is a nonhormonal medication called Lysteda that works great. For those done with childbearing endometrial ablations are good options. ...Read more

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Usually I have my period for 4-5 days but this month I've had it for 7 days and I don't know how much longer i'll have it. Is this normal?

NORMAL: Unless your are late with the period
you build up too much of the lining and bleed heavier and longer
be sure ask your md fo meds to bring on the next period on time
light long flow of period sometimes means pregnant. ...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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I have had my period for three day the first two where normal bit the last was very light and didn't last for long now im having this creamy thick wha?

I have had my period for three day the first two where normal bit the last was very light and didn't last for long now im having this creamy thick wha?

Vaginal discharge: At 17, your personal normal pattern of menstruation, vaginal fluid amount, etc may still be evolving. If the white discharge clears in next 1-2 days and no other symptoms, maybe nothing need be done. If it persists, or if other symptoms (pain, itch, odor), get care ASAP. If sexually active, STDs may be a concern; get tested if in doubt. Australia's govt funded sexual health centres are superb. ...Read more

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Could I be pregnant if my period early and is longer than normal?

Could I be pregnant if my period early and is longer than normal?

Probably not, but...: A urine pregnancy test, gives a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), 1 week after missing a period, or 1 week after starting a "weird" period. If done sooner, a positive result is likely real, but a negative result may be due to testing too soon, and thus lead to a repeat test. If a woman gets her normal regular period, then she is not pregnant. ...Read more

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Can stress be a cause of my period to be longer than normal?

Can stress be a cause of my period to be longer than normal?

Certainly: Stress, lack of sleep, changes in diet or weight, prescription meds are just a few things that can alter your delicate hormone balance. This alteration can lead to a heavy, light, early, late, or skipped period. As long as the abnormal periods normalize in the next month or two, then nothing is wrong. Otherwise, if any other symptoms are present, see your doctor who can run some tests. GoodLuck ...Read more

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How likely is it like I ovulated the day after my period (four days long) when I have a normal cycle of 29-30 days?

Not likely: Ovulation is around 14 days BEFORE the start of a cycle. In this case, 30-14=16... meaning ovulation would be around the 15th-16th day after the start of a menstrual period (about 14 days before the 30th day of a 30-day cycle). ...Read more

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My period was heavy and only last 3 days is this normal? I always have normal periods every 28 days 4 to 5 days long.

My period was heavy and only last 3 days is this normal? I always have normal periods every 28 days 4 to 5 days long.

Irregular periods: Most women don't have "typical/regular periods". Most women can have cycles that range from 22 to 40 days. Sometimes your cycle starts changing in your mid-late 20s, and then again as you approach the peri menopausal range. Stress can change your cycle as well. ...Read more

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My period is usually 4 days long but it has been shorter for the past 3 months around 2 days long. Is this normal? I'm 22

Yes Probably: It is very likely that this is just a normal variation of your normal cycle. Just continue to monitor it would not be surprising to for four period to last between 2-4 days long in the future. ...Read more

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Is it healthy to have a longer period after taking plan b? I have had my period for 7 days when normally my period lasts only 5 days

Is it healthy to have a longer period after taking plan b? I have had my period for 7 days when normally my period lasts only 5 days

One: One of the most common side effects of using the Plan B is an irregular cycle afterwards. If you find yourself having prolonged bleeding (2 weeks or more) or if you are having extremely heavy bleeding that worries you, contact your doctor. Below I've attached a website with lots of great information about emergency contraception. Good luck! ...Read more

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Noticed after a long flight I had bloody discharge almost like a period but not expecting my period for another 10 days is this normal?

Noticed after a long flight I had bloody discharge almost like a period but not expecting my period for another 10 days is this normal?

Midcycle bleeding...: Some women can have some bloody discharge midcycle that is related to ovulation. If it just happens once, I wouldn't worry too much about it. If you it becomes a pattern, you should have it evaluated. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Menstrual Period (Definition)

Menstrual period is a medical term for the monthly bleeding ...Read more