For most women, the main problem is getting your period to start. On occasion, women may also have problems getting their period to stop. Menstruation normally lasts for four to six days, although it is fairly common to have a period last for as little as two or as much as eight days. During this time, your body sheds roughly 40 milliliters of blood. Your period normally occurs in a cycle of 21 to 35 days. If your period lasts for longer than normal or occurs more frequently than every 21 days, you may have a problem.
There are many causes for a period that will not stop. Although it might just be longer than normal, a long period could be a sign of a more serious problem. You can assume that your period is abnormal, and you should see a doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:
- You lose or gain weight unexpectedly in just a short amount of time
- The amount of blood you lose is greater than five tablespoons of 80 cc
- You are unable to do your normal activities because of an especially heavy flow
- You continue to have spotting or bleeding between your periods, after menopause is over, during pregnancy or after sex
- You have to change your tampon of pad during the night
- Your period lasts for longer than a week
- You have several hours where you need to change a tampon or pad once an hour
- Your menstrual flow contains large blood clots
- You have to use a tampon and a pad or a double pad
- You have discharge from your nipples, new acne or sudden, unusual hair growth
- You feel extremely tired, pale, dizzy or short of breath (all signs of anemia)
- You suffer from bad-smelling discharge, a fever, odd discharge or extreme pain.
My Period Won’t Stop: What Are Some of the Possible Causes?
When you first get medical help, your doctor will check to see if the following reasons could possible be causing your period to last for longer than it is supposed to.
This might not be common, but it is one of the top reasons why you should go to the doctor if you have any of the previous symptoms. Internal bleeding can happen for many reasons like an accident, injury or other medical ailment. It is caused when blood is unable to clot in the body, and it can lead to fainting, vomiting or dizziness. When this happens, you need to visit a doctor immediately.
When you are going through menopause, your hormones can change drastically. Unless the bleeding is severe, it will normally stop without medical intervention. Changing your diet to eliminate processed foods may be able to help. In addition, trips to the acupuncturist or yoga can limit some of the bleeding.
Hormonal imbalances of progesterone and estrogen are fairly normal. They are often present during menopause, menarche or ovarian disorders.
Other Reason Why Your Period Won’t Stop
Other than the previous reasons why your period may not stop, you may have another condition like uterine polyps or non-cancerous fibroids. IUDS, an ectopic pregnancy or blood thinners can cause your period to be longer than normal. An infection or cancer in the reproductive organs like the Fallopian tubes or the uterus can lead to additional bleeding. Among middle-aged women, adenomyosis can cause additional bleeding. This condition is caused when the uterine glands become embedded within the uterine lining.
Treating Long Periods
One of the first things that you should do is track the normal length of your period. You should remember the number of tampons or ads that you have to use each month and remember if you have bleeding between periods or after sex.
Medications like tranexamix acid can reduce your blood flow by half. Progesterone or hormonal birth control like Danazol can make your periods more regulated, while NSAIDs can cut your blood loss by one third. A birth control coil called Mirena can also help to make your period normalize.
Forget About It
If you are not experiencing any other symptoms or serious bleeding, you can just leave your period alone. Unless there is a serious medical condition at fault, your period might not cause any other issues. You will still want to regularly get checked for anemia because continued blood flow can lower your level of iron.
Depending on the cause of your bleeding, your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure to treat your excessive bleeding. A hysteroscopy may be prescribed if you have uterine fibroids. This procedure will basically remove the fibroids that are in the uterus using a long, slender scope.
Endometrial resection (or ablation) is the complete removal of the lining of the uterus. This is only done in severe cases because it means that you will be unable to have a child afterward. A hysterectomy has a similar result because it involves the complete removal of your uterus and cervix. Both procedures are only done in severe cases because they affect your fertility. For more minor procedures, a doctor may do a dilation and curettage. This procedure is basically when the cervix is widened so that some of the internal lining of the uterus can be scraped off.