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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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Menstrual Period (Definition)

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