My Period Won’t Stop

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.

My Period Won’t Stop: Is Something Wrong?

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.

Internal Bleeding

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.

Menopause

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 Imbalance



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.

Medication

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.

Medical Interventions

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.


203 COMMENTS

  1. I am 33 years old and married. last my period was 19th of February 2017 when this time i had a fever and cough for 3 weeks. 19th February 2017 my period time was normal ( 4-5 days ).but again my period started 12th of March 2017 and still i have little bleeding.please advise me that should i met a doctor.

    • You should probably go to the doctor. Your illness may have just disrupted your body’s natural cycle, or there could be a more serious medical condition at fault. Your doctor may just want you to wait and see what happens, or they may need to do other tests. When you call to make an appointment, mention how long your period has been going on to see if they want you to come in or wait longer to see what happens.

  2. Hi, im 33 and have always had my period like clockwork. They would last around 3 to 4 days. Since 3 months ago my periods last two weeks and i have to change my tampons every hour. I have had tests for thyroid issues few months ago, due to yirrdness and weight gain, and it came back negative. I started my pwriod this month on 8th March, three days ago on 17th, my beeding incraesed and it hasnt slowed down. I usually see blood cluts during my period but since three days ago i have had blood cluts the size of palm of my hands. No exageration. I called my doctor and he has prescribed me Utovlan ovwr the phone with blood test for anemia and vitamine B and ao on. I am very dizzy and concerned and qas wondering if you can tell me how long dpea it take for these tableta to work because accorsing to goggle can take a few days and i am losing so much blood.and when is losing blood too much and when should i visit a hospital if necessary.

    Thank you

    • You should visit the hospital at this time. If you find that you are out of energy and your thoughts are confused, then you may want to have someone drive you. A medical test may determine what is afflicting you. You will want to consume multivitamins with iron at this time. You may also want to begin to eat additional leafy green vegetables for additional iron. Best of luck, Sara!

  3. Hey, I’m 18 now and I’ve never had irregular periods before, they’ve never lasted longer than a week and they’ve never continuously been late or early. I never really get period pains either, maybe a few times a year and if I do its usually on the first couple of days of me starting. I’m now on the 9th day of my period, and I had pains from the second night for about 4 days. The only thing I’m taking is rigevidon which I’ve been on for about 10 months. What should I do?

    • You will want to speak with a medical professional at this time. Anytime that you experience a period that lasts for more than ten days may be a sign of a medical concern. There may be nothing wrong at this time, but your doctor should be able to diagnose and treat you. Relax and reduce stress in your life at this time. Best of luck, D!

  4. Hi ! My menses non stop for about 12 days and I went to see doctors, she gave me transamin acid to make it stop bleeding but unfortunately the medicine doesn’t work for me. What do you think the problem I’m facing ? Doctors removed my iud few days ago , she said,maybe because of my iud not in place and cause your menses non stop. Its already 4 days now , my menses still flowing with medicine consume.

    • Your medical professional could have been right. Your bleeding may be caused by the removal of your iud. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. If they continue for another three days, then make an appointment with your medical professional. Best of luck, Chai!

  5. Hi actually I have irregular periods… 60days once I got my period…. this time I got my periods after 90 days… March 1 it start but still bleeding continue…. pregnancy test is negative…. wat can I do?

    • Make an appointment with a medical professional at this time. Continue to monitor the experiences that you have. Write down the information about your previous experiences so you can better answer your medical professional’s questions. Best of luck, Daisy!

  6. I took postinor one last month (February) and then my menses came early,on the fourth day I took ampiclouse becos I had unprotected sex and now my menses won’t stop today makes it the 9th day.please what should I do

    • Continue to monitor your experiences. If you find that you are experiencing discomfort or pain, then visit your medical provider. Reduce stress and relax as you move into the future. Remain positive! Best of luck, Debby!

  7. Am 20,i started mensurating at 13 then my cycle was 30/28 days,few years ago it changed to 24/23,and just two years ago, it became a 21 days cycle and a few times,i see it after two weeks and my flow usually lasts for 4-6 days but now it has been flowing for 10days now and has refused to stop.not that it’s heavy or continuous but it just flows very lightly for a day,goes dry at night/the next morning and starts later in the day and sometimes it goes dry in the day and flows lightly at night again but I ve no cramps which is unusual for me and am scared of going out without a pad on cause I don’t want to embarrass myself

      • If you have been experiencing bleeding for ten days, then make an appointment with a medical professional. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. If you feel unpleasant or painful sensations, then move up your appointment. Remain positive as you move forward. Best of luck, Happy!

    • If you have been experiencing bleeding for ten days, then make an appointment with a medical professional. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. If you feel unpleasant or painful sensations, then move up your appointment. Remain positive as you move forward. Best of luck, Happy!

  8. My daughter is 21 yeats old..she started her period at the age of nine years old..she has had irregular periods for a while now, birth control helped for a while but then in stopped working..now she hasbeen bleeding since December please help me what could i do to help my baby?

    • If she has been bleeding since December, then she needs to speak with a doctor at this time. If she has already spoken to a doctor and they have not determined the cause and taken action, then she should speak with a specialist. If they have not answered the question, then she should speak with a different doctor. Best of luck, Trese!

  9. My mom period has stopped for already one year but this week she got her period and it won’t stop.. she is feeling all kinds of dizziness and she’s always tired.. what is wrong?? Can you please help me?

    • She may be going through menopause or early menopause. Other conditions like PCOS or endometriosis can cause some of these symptoms, although there would normally be other symptoms as well. She should make an appointment with her doctor and get checked out to find out and treat the exact cause.

  10. I’m 24 and married. On the January, I had my period which I was bleeding really light. Last month, I got it on the 27th. And,till now I still have my period. What’s wrong with me? Please help me.

    • There could be a hormonal imbalance or another medical condition causing the change. One common condition that can cause this is PCOS. The best way to find out the cause and get help is to go to your doctor. There are some diagnostic tests that can be done to see if PCOS or something else is the cause. Good luck, Lyann!

  11. I’m 24 and married. On the January, I had my period which I was bleeding really light. Last month, I got it on the 27th. And,till now I still have my period. What’s wrong with me? Please help me.

    • You will want to speak with a medical professional at this time. Make an appointment. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having so you can better answer your doctor’s questions. Reduce stress in your life until your appointment date. Best of luck, Smay!

  12. I have Poly Cystic Ovarian syndrome. I was on the Mirena because I bled for a month. When I started the Mirena, I bled for two more months. Then my periods regulated for a time. Now, The bleeding is extremely =erratic. I bleed after intercourse, or the day after. I have a period around every ten days. The OBGYN had an ultrasound to see if the Mirena had moved. It hadn’t. So, I had it removed, and am now trying the Nuva Ring. Can the Nuva Ring help? I am curently bleeding. I am married, and this affects more than just me.

    • Hormonal birth control can help to regulate your cycle. The Nuva ring uses estrogen and progestin, so it can help your cycle to self-regulate over time. It may just take a couple of months again for your body to get used to it. Good luck, Alele!

  13. My period went off on the 17th. I had sex a week later and then my period came back on three days later. I saw a clot i thought maybe I wasn’t finished with my period. it’s the third and I’m still spotting everyday. Please help me?

    • The timing makes it unlikely that you had an early miscarriage, but it is a possibility. It is also possible that you have a hormonal imbalance that is causing your period to restart so soon. This could be due to factors like medication, diet, exercise or stress. Until your period returns to normal, be especially careful about using protection since you may not ovulate when you expect to. If you continue to have spotting for another week, call your doctor and make an appointment.

  14. My periods are of late irregular and can last up to a month with spotting in between. I have an appt. Tuesday, but I already KNOW they are simply going to say “Birth Control”. I refuse to go back on birth control (not entertaining arguments about the safety, necessity, or morality of it here) but I need to know what my options are or what homework to do before I go in. Please and thank you!

    • Birth control would be the standard option because the hormones in birth control would help your period to stabilize. It is not healthy to have such a long period. If you are certain that you do not want birth control, you should ask about any conditions you should watch for (such as anemia, which is iron deficiency) because your period lasts for so long. You may also want to consider going to a naturopathic doctor because some herbal supplements like Dong Quai can help to regulate menstrual cycles.

  15. I’m 15 and I got my first period at 14, after my second period it became irregular. I was having issues so I was scheduled with a GYN and they did ultrasounds and said I had ovarian cyst. So they put me on birth control to help regulate my periods and get rid of the cysts in my ovaries. I got my period on the 18th of February and on the 20th I started taking the birth control and it ended 2 days later on the 22nd. I went through 3 days without any signs of it and I saw spotting I accidentally missed a pill so I took it later that night. The next day I leaked through my underwear and at 8 I took another one and it stopped, but every 1-3 days it spots and stops. But not completely stop; every 1-3 days it spots again. I have had this for almost a full 2 weeks and I haven’t missed one pill since last week. I don’t know if the pill stopped it to early and it’s trying to finish by spotting or something. But I’m worried because it’s been almost 12 days now since the 18th of February and won’t completely stop spotting I’m only on the birth control for a month to regulate it. If you have any advice thank you!

    • It can sometimes take a little while for your body to adjust to birth control–this is especially true if you have missed medication. The cyst is also unlikely to help the situation any. Give it a few more weeks at least to see if your cycle levels out. If you experience heavy bleeding during that time or continue to bleed, go to your doctor to make sure that you are not becoming anemic.

  16. I had gotten off the depo shot birth control in October i quit getting it when i had my period for 6 months and ever since ive been off it my period hasnt gone away.

    • If your period has been continuous since October, then you need to speak with a medical professional at this time. Make an appointment today. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having so you can better answer your doctor’s questions in the future. Remain positive and take action. Best of luck, Jojo!

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