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.

94 COMMENTS

  1. I ben in my period for 4 years now Idk what to do cuz i ben seeing doctor n things works for me… What should i do… Help….

    • If you have been on your period for four years and have spoken with a wide variety of doctors, then you may need to speak with another one. There are different kinds of doctors. Perhaps you would be benefited by speaking with a fertility specialist. Take iron supplements if you are not already doing so. Best of luck, Deisy!

  2. So my period has gone on two weeks and two days now (yes, I counted) and other than random blood clots, there’s nothing abnormal about my period. It just has been going on a while and started after my bf and I had sex. Is this normal? I just want to know because I don’t want to have to worry about it forever. Please reply fast.

    • If your period has lasted two weeks, then you should speak with a doctor. Continue to monitor these experiences as you wait until your appointment. Try to reduce stress on your body as this time. Perhaps take some iron supplements as well. Your doctor will be able to give you the answer that you are seeking. Best of luck, Piper!

  3. My last depo shot was in march of 2016 I got the merina on July 1st but took it out two weeks later. I bled light for a few days and then didn’t get anything until December 19th. I’ve been bleeding every since. It going to be a month. I’m going crazy I don’t know what to do. I just want to start ovulation so I can get pregnant. Please help!

    • You should not still be experiencing symptoms from your previous birth control. They should have worked their way out of your system months before. If you have been bleeding for a month, then you need to make an appointment with a medical professional. Make an appointment as soon as you are able to do so. Monitor your experiences until your appointment so you can answer your doctor’s questions. Best of luck, Leah!

  4. My last depo shot was in march of 2016. I got the merina on July 1 2016 then took it out like 2 weeks later. I bled lightly for a few days and then got nothing until December 19th. I’ve been bleeding for almost a month now. Why is this happening and when will it stop ? I’m also trying to get pregnant. Please help!!

    • You should not still be experiencing symptoms from your previous birth control. They should have worked their way out of your system months before. If you have been bleeding for a month, then you need to make an appointment with a medical professional. Make an appointment as soon as you are able to do so. Monitor your experiences until your appointment so you can answer your doctor’s questions. Best of luck, Anna!

  5. I been on my period for two weeks now .feel like I want to throw up ,my Dec period lasted three days.in October I miscarriage kinda scared.what should I do?

    • It could be another miscarriage or something else could be causing this to happen. You should call your gynecologist and tell them the reason why as you make an appointment. It is not healthy to have a continuous period, so it is important that you go to the doctor and get checked out.

  6. Ok so back on November 13th 2016 I started what I thought was my period, it was dark brown like the ending of your period I honestly could have not even of warn a tampon it was so light. That lasted 5 days then it turned to a very very light pink but once again i didn’t even need a tampon but I still used one just in case my period wanted to actually come. So that light pink bleeding lasted 6 days a total of me “being on my period” for 11 days next month same thing happens except I was on it from December 20th till January 1st 2017. Here it is the 16th of January and I started again but this time it is like a massacre, idk what’s going on this has never happened to me I’m always on time and 5 days tops and never this heavy I’m not on birth control. plz help!

    • It seems like you may have commented twice on this one. I have to answer and approve each comment individually, so it may sometimes take a little while for me to answer all of them. If you do not see a response right away, do not worry because you will. Read through my first response and let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for commenting!

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