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.

227 COMMENTS

  1. Hellow i am 27 years old i have a pro blem with my period since from the 5 of may its started with dark brown discharged n now its blood but it not heavy its normal but every night around 8pm i am experiencing womp pain plz help m worried

    • It could be an early miscarriage, endometriosis, PCOS, digestive disorders or something else. The only real way to find out is to go to your doctor and tell him or her your symptoms. At the very least, call your doctor, describe your symptoms and see if they want you to come into the office.

  2. its great work…today, women faces many problems in their menstruate cycle, may be due to stress day to day busy life, less consciousness for health etc. well this article may help them a lot.

    • Thank you for sharing your positive comment. Feel free to share more of your insights in the future. Have a great day, Eddy!

  3. It’s the second time having my period and I’m having it for 6 days now ( April 26th till now ) . I don’t know if it’s normal at the age of 14, but it either makes me really annoyed or really worried. Is it normal?

    • Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. If your period continues for another four days, then perhaps speak with a medical professional. They will be able to address any questions that you have at that time. Best of luck, Sofia!

  4. I am having my period for over 2 weeks and 4 days . it isn’t stoping . I don’t get any large blood clots or severe bleeding . its just normal bleeding like women usually do . its lasting longer than it usually do . what is the cause ? Is it something serious ?

    • You will want to speak with a medical professional at this time. Continue to monitor your experiences so you can better answer their questions. Make an appointment today. Best of luck, Ananya!

    • Im Having period for 10 days nonestop this my firdt time that i reach 10 days my normal is 4 to 5 days only.. My blood coming out now is dark brown.. And idk what it cause! .. Is it serious or just normal??

      • Lifestyle factors like stress, exercise, illnesses and diet can change your menstrual cycle, so it may just be due to that. If it does not stop in a couple of days, call your doctor and see if he or she wants you to come in and get checked out. Good luck, Fey!

  5. Ive been bleeding since march 24th & Ive also had heavy blood clots. Im always tiredand I barely eat. My monthly gift normally last 3 or 4 days. What should I do????

    • You will want to speak with a medical professional at this time. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having so you better better answer their questions. Anytime that your period lasts more than ten days is a sign that you may want to seek medical attention. Best of luck, Help!

    • There are many potential causes of this, so she should really make an appointment with her doctor to get checked out. It could be an early miscarriage, a uterine fibroid, a hormonal imbalance or something else. The best way to find out for sure and make sure that she gets the right treatment is to schedule an appointment with her doctor and make sure to discuss all of her symptoms then. Good luck, Mohato!

  6. I am 36yrs old and for more than 5mnths av b having prolong period (10days). I have seen a gyneo but said nothing is wrong. For my 2recent cycles d it prolonged more than 10days n right nw my period started with brownish coloration since 22nd of march to 26th then the flow increased from 27th to 1st of April then i thought d period has stopped. This morning 2nd of April it came back my pad is almost ful along side with a lump of blood n am having waist pain right now. What do i do. I have been seeing different doctors but they seems to see nothing wrong. However report of small multiple fibroids which i told them to remove but they al said they are too small to remove. What do i do am yet to have children n have done al d necessary tests at various times n nothing seems to b wrong with me. I am tired

    • The fibroids could be making your irregular cycles more likely to occur. As your doctors said though, this type of change is normal, and many women develop irregular cycles even without fibroids. Until the fibroids are larger, there is nothing that can really be done. You may want to revise your diet a bit to help with the tiredness. Anemia is more common in women with heavy, prolonged cycles, and it could lead to symptoms like tiredness or dizziness. Many foods like meat and broccoli have the iron that you need in them, so focus on eating a healthy diet that helps to replace some of the iron lost by your body.

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