Last modified: August 2, 2019
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Periods can be a constant source of discomfort and stress for women, especially if your menstrual cycle is never ending. If your period lasts longer than three to five days, you may be freaking out. If your period lasts 30 days or more, it is time to identify the problem!
What is the Normal Period Length?
A normal menstrual cycle can last between two to seven days. There is, unfortunately, no norm. Each woman has her own cycle and period length. This makes it very important to identify any period issues that are abnormal for you.
If your cycle is long, but suddenly gets short, you definitely shouldn’t ignore it. If you happen to be bleeding for more than seven days, you are experiencing menorrhagia.
What Causes Menorrhagia?
This is the million-dollar question for women struggling with period problems. An underlying women’s health issue can cause menorrhagia, and you should identify it, as well as talk to a doctor.
To help you sort out this period problem, here are a few reasons your period has become your new nemesis!
Just For You . . .
4 Possible Reasons Your Period Won’t Stop!
1. Birth Control or Aspirin
Medications or birth control can affect your cycle. If you recently switched up your birth control, or started taking it after pregnancy, you may experience more days of bleeding.
2. Intrauterine Device (IUD)
An Intrauterine Device, or IUD, can cause abnormal periods. Heavy bleeding or ongoing bleeding can be a symptom of a newly installed IUD. The first few months can be the worst for period irregularity.
3. Uterine Fibroids
Uterine fibroids are fibrous growths that can cause heavy bleeding during periods. In fact, 20 to 50 percent of women of childbearing age experience uterine fibroids. The good thing is that they usually dissipate on their own.
4. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Over 10 percent of women in the U.S. suffer from PCOS. One symptom of PCOS is prolonged periods and heavy bleeding. There is no cure for PCOS, but maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and eating healthy can help regulate and normalize periods.
When Should I Talk to a Doctor About Long Periods?
If your period and bleeding lasts more than seven days, it is a good idea to talk to a doctor. If you have lower abdominal pain or if blood has an odor after pregnancy, you should definitely talk to a doctor.
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Submitted by Dr. Richard Honaker: http://www.independentmedicalexaminer.com/IME-Directory/Virginia/Dr-Richard-A-Honaker-MD.asp
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