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Why is my period lasting so long?

Why is my period lasting so long?

It depends: It could be hormone imbalance or due to polyp or overgrowth of inlining of the uterus (endometrium) and less likely growth in muscular part of uterus ( fibroid). For appropriate diagnosis ant treatment see a gynecologist. ...Read more

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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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 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 only one day long but is usually up to 5 days. Not pregnant. Why so short?

Hormonal imbalance: Menstrual irregularities are not uncommon and anovulatory cycle is a common cause. If you miss more than two periods it would be time to see your doctor. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time. You may consider implanted contraceptive or an IUD. Consult this site for more information on this topic. http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/menstruation/conditioninfo/Pages/causes.aspx Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...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 menstrual cycle is so unpredictable I never know when to expect it. It is never monthly and once I didn't get my period for 6 months is this normal?

My menstrual cycle is so unpredictable I never know when to expect it. It is never monthly and once I didn't get my period for 6 months is this normal?

Doctor can evaluate: There are many causes for irregular menstruation. One common one is polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos), a hormonal imbalance along with cysts in the ovaries. Though most irregular menstruation is not acutely dangerous, any woman who does not menstruate monthly should consider seeing her pcp or an ob/gyn for evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it normal after loosing your virginity to very very lightly bleed everytime you go pee? And for how long is this "spotting" suppose to last?

Is it normal after loosing your virginity to very very lightly bleed everytime you go pee? And for how long is this "spotting" suppose to last?

No: Bleeding is expected after hymenoptera is torn during first intercourse. That bleeding usually resolves within 1-3 days. If it persists, then you should sees gynecologist for vsginal exam. ...Read more

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I have been on my period for a while, help me!? Why is it lasting so long?

I have been on my period for a while, help me!? Why is it lasting so long?

Many reasons: At 36 there can be many reasons for long, unending periods: fibroids, polyps, cancer, hormonal problems etc... It is impossible to tell without an examination and ultrasound. You need to see your gyn and they can help. ...Read more

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It is normal for me to missed my period for long time? I always have period very late and my mum is worried about me.

Irregular periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test . There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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Why is my period so long right now when it's usually only a few days? I need some advice.

Why is my period so long right now when it's usually only a few days? I need some advice.

Need consultation : This question requires much more information to answer. A full consultation with one of us here or in person with your doctor is recommended ...Read more

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Is it normal for my period to be lasting ten plus days?

Not normal, but?: A ten day flow is not usually normal but doesn't have to be alarming. You don't state how heavy the flow is or any other characteristics or problems. You may have had an an-ovulatory cycle. There may be other reasons. Medications? Illness? Missed pills? If it continues or if there are other concerns or problems, call or see your pcp/gyn and get examined and treated. Pregnancy/miscarriage? ...Read more

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I just started birth control and my period is lasting really long. What does that mean?

I just started birth control and my period is lasting really long. What does that mean?

Period: It's not unusual to have irregular (spotting/longer periods/shorter periods) in the months after starting birth control. Often, this normalizes, but sometimes it doesn't and the woman needs to switch to a different birth control. ...Read more

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I usually have a semi-heavy flow period and I started my period on time but it was extremely light&only lasting for about two days. what does it mean?

I usually have a semi-heavy flow period and I started my period on time but it was extremely light&only lasting for about two days. what does it mean?

Flow change: If you're sexually active please check a pregnancy test as this could be implantation bleeding from a new pregnancy. Teens also often times skip ovulation, which can result in a light or skipped period followed by heavy bleeding at a later time. A birth control pill can prevent this from happening. ...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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Why is my period lasting so long?

It depends: It could be hormone imbalance or due to polyp or overgrowth of inlining of the uterus (endometrium) and less likely growth in muscular part of uterus ( fibroid). For appropriate diagnosis ant treatment see a gynecologist. ...Read more

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Why is my period lasting longer than 8 days ? And is very heavy .

Why is my period lasting longer than 8 days ? And is very heavy .

Heavy flow: Bleeding for more than 7 days, or heavier than a pad or tampon in an hour on a regular basis require evaluation by a gynecologist. Please schedule an appointment. ...Read more

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Why is my period lasting longer than a month now? This week it has been really heavy. It has decreased in flow now but it is still here.

Hormone Imbalance: Somerhing is wrong here causing you to bleed that much. You need to see a provider and check it out. You may have had a tl or an ovarian cyst that cause a hormone imbalance . An ultrasound of your pelvis would be helpful to check this out! ...Read more

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My period is lasting longer than usual?

My period is lasting longer than usual?

Can happen: Many things can through off the length of a period or vaginal bleeding.....unknown pregnancy, hormonal imbalance, masses, polyps, fibroids, infection, illness. Consider following up with a doctor if bleeding is > 1 maxi pad an hour for 2 hours straight, if it continues, if associated with fever, odor, shortness of breath dizziness.....or if this pattern recurs > 3 months. ...Read more

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I have been on my period for a while, help me!? Why is it lasting so long?

Many reasons: At 36 there can be many reasons for long, unending periods: fibroids, polyps, cancer, hormonal problems etc... It is impossible to tell without an examination and ultrasound. You need to see your gyn and they can help. ...Read more

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Why would my period be a week early, mostly brown and lasting longer than usual?

Irregular periods: Hormonal disorders or problems or an infection can do this. Stress is one of the most frequent cause throws off the women's period. Brown period means old blood from the previous period making it's way out cleaning the vagina provided that you do not have any other symptoms such as pain, itching , inflammation of the vagina , etc. suggesting a genital tract infection. Your gyn can regulate . ...Read more

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My period is brown, its light and lasting longer than 7 days, should i be worried?

My period is brown, its light and lasting longer than 7 days, should i be worried?

Probably Not: You are likely at the tail end of your period and it should be completely ending in the next few days. If you are still having brown discharge after that time, you should see your doctor to rule out infection as the cause of the discharge. ...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.

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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Since September, my period has been light, and long - lasting between 17 and 28 days, stopping for 1-2 weeks, then returning. What gives?

Since September, my period has been light, and long - lasting between 17 and 28 days, stopping for 1-2 weeks, then returning. What gives?

Exam needed: Definitely have an exam! Your PCP or an OBGYN can tell you much more after a good exam - further tests may be needed to determine Tx, but don't wait longer. That is not w/in normal range of variation. Something (maybe simple) is off. Find out what. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What does it mean if my period is lasting a few days longer than usual and is bright pink and only shows up when i wipe on the extra days?

Probably normal: Periods lasting up to 7 days are normal--even when some of the days are very light. Your periods can be regulated if you would like. ...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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My period started early and is now lasting longer than usual. My flow hasn't eased up or anything. What is causing this? It's day 6 of my period.

My period started early and is now lasting longer than usual. My flow hasn't eased up or anything. What is causing this? It's day 6 of my period.

Irregular periods: Irregular periods can occur and can be normal. Best to monitor your cycle over the next 2-3 months. If it continues to be irregular, seek medical attention. If concerned for pregnancy, take an over the counter test. Also, consider alternate birth control method such as spermicides, birth control pills, etc. ...Read more

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What does it mean when my period is lasting longer than usual? It's usually 5 days but this time it's lasting over 10 days. This had never happened before.

What does it mean when my period is lasting longer than usual? It's usually 5 days but this time it's lasting over 10 days. This had never happened before.

Intermenstrual bleed: It is not uncommon for women with normal menstrual cycles to have an episode of either bleeding between cycles, missed period, heavier or longer period than normal. These episodes are often due to sudden hormonal changes, possibly due to recent illness, stress, weight changes, certain meds, living with other menstruating women, or pregnancy. If they keep lasting longer than 8 days get evaluated. ...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?

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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I started my period a week before my pills say and its lasting a little longer but getting lighter. What do i do?

I started my period a week before my pills say and its lasting a little longer but getting lighter. What do i do?

Irregular periods: Irregular periods can occur and can be normal. Best to monitor your cycle over the next 2-3 months. If it continues to be irregular, seek medical attention. If concerned for pregnancy, take an over the counter test. ...Read more

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Menstrual Period (Definition)

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