Period Lasting Longer Than Usual

period lasting longer than usualNot just annoying, there’s something quite worrying with a period lasting longer than usual. A woman will become familiar with her menstrual cycles – when it’s going to come, how long it’s going to last, what absorbency of towels or tampons to buy.

When something changes, it’s normal to be worried. Sometimes it can be a sign of something more serious but for the most part, a period lasting longer than usual is not something to be overly concerned about.

Every now and again your body will react in slightly different ways than what you’re used to. If it has been put under any undue stress, it can have an effect on your period. When you don’t eat enough or eat the wrong foods, it can have an effect on your period. There are a lot of things that can have an effect and it is probably one of these causing yours to hang around longer than it usually does.

What is a Normal Period? 

There is no ‘normal’ when it comes to a woman’s menstrual cycle and what becomes normal for one woman won’t be normal to another. Each woman’s body is different so by paying attention to your cycles and jotting down when your period comes, you can become more familiar with yours. There are some great applications you can download for your smart phone now which helps you to keep track of your cycle.

A ‘normal’ period is likely to last between four to six days but it can be as few as one or two or as many as seven or eight. The cycle itself can last for anywhere between 21 to 35 days but again, it can be more or fewer than this. It varies from woman to woman.

The majority of women find that the first few days of her period are quite heavy with a heavier flow and more pronounced symptoms. The middle few days of a period are relatively normal before it finally dwindles to a low flow and then eventually stopping.

Common Reasons for a Period Lasting Longer Than Usual 

There are a lot of factors which could cause your periods to come later or to stay for longer and one of the biggest ones is stress. When you are worried about your late period, it normally takes even longer to arrive and that’s because the stress hormones are wreaking havoc around your body. Worrying about your period can actually disrupt it even more than the original cause.

When your period is late, you might often find that your period then lasts longer and seems to be more painful too. If your period is lasting longer than usual but it was late to begin with, you have probably found your reason.

Temperature changes, big changes to your life, dietary changes and even weight gain or weight loss can have an impact on the way your body behaves especially with your menstrual cycle. It is a more finely tuned instrument than we give it credit for and it doesn’t take much to cause things to be out of balance. Even something as simple as the tiniest of hormones changes can affect it which is why your periods are likely to be out-of-cycle during puberty and the menopause also.

There are some more serious reasons as to why your period could be lasting longer than usual. If it seems to be a persistent problem, or the bleeding doesn’t subside after a couple of days, it is advisable to seek out a doctor as it could be a symptom of these:



Menorrhagia

Menorrhagia is a condition which causes heavy or irregular periods. It is not known what can cause it to happen but it’s been closely linked to other conditions such as PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome, using the contraceptive coil (IUD), uterine fibroids and even anticoagulants.

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding 

Another condition that often has many causes behind it, abnormal uterine bleeding is diagnosed by a doctor when blood occurs irregularly from the uterus. This might be bleeding in between periods, much heavier periods or periods that last much longer than usual.

Also known as DUB (dysfunctional uterine bleeding), hormones are used to treat the abnormal uterine bleeding, normally in the form of birth control tablets.

In the majority of cases, the cause cannot be determine for the unusual bleeding although it can be down to other problems such as changes in the hormone levels, problems with blood-clotting such as using anticoagulants, and even other uterine problems like growths and abnormalities.

Endometrial Hyperplasia

Although not cancer, the similarities are quite frightening and there is a chance that women could go on to develop uterine or womb cancer when suffering from Endometrial Hyperplasia.

Normally caused because of hormone being out of balance, the lining of the womb thickens with this medical condition going on to cause an overgrowth of cells which can come out during your period.

If there is not enough progesterone in your body but you are producing too much oestrogen, this problem can occur and birth control pills and other hormone treatments can be used to treat the problem.

Alongside a period lasting longer than usual, there are a number of other symptoms including severe cramps with a heavier flow, pain during intercourse and blood clots.

Uterine Fibroids

These non-cancerous growths often wreak havoc with the menstrual cycle and although they incredibly rarely turn into cancer, can still prove to be quite serious nevertheless.

Growing from the usually-smooth cervix muscular tissue tissue, uterine fibroids can grow quite rapidly in some cases yet in others will move quite slowly and in some cases, they grow to a certain size and then stop growing. The benign tumours may even shrink or go away of their own accord. It has been said that three out of four women could have uterine fibroids and not even realise it.

The symptoms of uterine fibroids including period lasting longer than usual as well as pain and cramping, heavy periods, pain or pressure in the pelvis, need to go to the toilet a lot but not being able to urinate, constipation and even pains in the legs and back.

Dysfunctional Thyroid

When you suffer with any thyroid changes, it is likely that you will lose or gain weight and as we have already established, this weight gain could again be causing your period to last longer than it usually would.

The links, although there, are not fully understood by professionals in the field of healthcare just yet although there seem to be some constants in their studies. Hypothyroidism has been linked closely with menorrhagia, one usually bringing along the other close behind. Hypothyroidism has also been linked to long and painful periods, irregular bleeding and even missed periods altogether.

The body is a very delicate object sometimes and if one thing changes, other organs and parts soon start to notice. This is definitely the case with your periods. If you are stressed or sick, or even taking medication for an unrelated condition, it can have an effect on your periods and just one of those effects is periods that last longer than usual.

If the problem persists, always seek medical advice. 


26 COMMENTS

    • It could be from a number of medical conditions, a hormonal imbalance or even a miscarriage. You should make an appointment with your doctor to be checked out and find out the exact cause. Your doctor will have more diagnostic tools to help you find out the cause.

  1. My cycle came 2 days early, I usually be on my cycle for 4 days max and it is now day 8. The last 4 have been really faint pinkish and only when I wipe after using the restroom. This has NEVER happened before. What can this mean?

    • Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. If your period lasts another couple days, then make an appointment with a medical professional. If it is possible that you are pregnant, then take a pregnancy test at this time. Have a great day, Brandie!

  2. I am trying to conceive and i thought i had implantation bleeding for two days, then it stopped but my period came a week late, it’s been 10 days and it’s still going on. Not very heavy but it doesn’t seem to be reduced either. I had my Mirena removed about three months ago, could that be causing irregular periods? Or could i have had a miscarriage?

    • That could be the cause of your irregular periods. It could also be an early miscarriage, although that is still a bit long for miscarriage bleeding. If you continue to have bleeding for another week, call your doctor to see if he or she wants you to come into the office to be checked out.

  3. So I have the implanon birth control in my arm and I’ve had it almost two years now. For the first year it seemed as if my periods were coming further and further apart. However for the last 6 months or so my periods have been pretty regular but they’ve been lasting much longer. Anywhere from 14-21+ days. Currently I’m on day 21 of my period and it’s still a pretty steady flow…last week it seemed like it was ending but a few days ago it just picked back up. Now I recently in the last three or four months started using tampons so I don’t know if this could be a factor. And in the month of November I picked up a significant amount of weight due to stress. im not cramping or in pain but I just need to know if this is normal with this implant in my arm because I thought that my period was supposed to end eventually not extend itself

    • You may want to speak with the doctor who gave you the implant. Keep notes of all of the experiences that you have been having so you can best answer your doctor’s questions. They will be able to give you the tests and advice that you are seeking. Best of luck, Sydnea!

  4. I’m a type 1 diabetic, Ive had my period for 15 days now. No previous problems, except aare amount of stress recently. I had a baby a year ago, and a tubal on top of that. I’m starting to worry now, which makes it worse it seems.

    • I would call your gynecologist, explain your symptoms and make an appointment. An ongoing period can cause you to become anemic, so it is important to discuss this with your doctor and make sure that it won’t be a problem. Stay safe, Amelia!

  5. i’ve been bleeding for 12 days now and it’s been irregular through the past days. after a week i thought it was going to start subsiding but it just got heavier. yesterday, it was very light and today it got a heavier than yesterday. i’m 13 years old and i’ve been kinda stressed these past 2 weeks.

    • You may want to make an appointment. In the future, if you have continual bleeding for more than ten days, then you should speak with a doctor. Speak with your parents and explain what is happening. They should bring you to the doctor to check out your concerns. Try to take some iron supplements at this time. Good luck, Ash!

  6. hi
    my periods started on 4 of jan and still i am bleeding
    i took ponstone forte still periods not ended
    what could be the reason its almost 21 days now

    • If you have been bleeding for more than ten days, then you should speak with a medical professional. Make an appointment as soon as you are able to do so. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. This will help you answer your doctor’s questions at that time. Best of luck, Tania!

  7. So the last time I’ve had my period was the first month of my freshman year of college (August 2015). It just came back the second week of January 2017. I think the reason why I stopped having my period was the year 2014-2015 was when one of my tooth became infected. I refused to have it root canaled because of how expensive the procedure is. So the second to last week of December 2016, my dentist told me that I had the option to have my tooth pulled out because of the unknown causes of the infection. The procedure was much more cheaper, so I accepted the proposal. Then few weeks later I started to have my period…And now I still have it. Should I wait it out or talk to a nurse in my campus? Thank you!

    • Speak with a medical professional. You may want to speak with the nurse first. As your nurse may be able to give you the advice that you are seeking. Your nurse may also have to speak with a doctor to run tests. Best of luck, Ihra!

    • If your period has lasted two weeks, then you may want to speak with a medical professional. They will be able to answer any questions that you may have. They will also be able to do any tests that you may need. Take iron supplements at this time for your health. Reduce stress in your life. Best of luck, Sasuke!

    • You should go to your doctor or at least call your gynecologist. It could be a miscarriage or a medical condition that is causing this to happen. There are medications that can help to stop your period as well as treatments for the medical conditions that could cause this. At the very least, you should tell your doctor about your symptoms because it is not safe to have menstrual bleeding for an extended time period. Stay safe, Natalie!

    • You may be having an unusual period or you may be experiencing heavy implantation bleeding. Continue to monitor these experiences. If you want to speak with a medical professional about your prolonged bleeding, then it may be wise of you to do so. They will be able to run the tests that you need and give you medical advice. Best of luck, Natalie!

  8. i got sexual inter course this month after 10 days i got my periods but i am bleeding till 13 days of my periods i did pregnancy test but it was negative and period didint stoped yet and bledding do i need to concer

    • Take another pregnancy test in five days. This will give you additional information about your situation. If you find that your bleeding continues for another five days, then you may be benefited by speaking with a medical professional. For now, it would be wise for you to reduce stress on your body and in your life. Good luck, Moms!

  9. i got sexual inter course this month after 10 days i got my periods but i am bleeding till 13 days of my periods i did pregnancy test but it was negative and period didint stoped yet and bledding do i need to concer

    • Take another pregnancy test in five days. This will give you additional information about your situation. If you find that your bleeding continues for another five days, then you may be benefited by speaking with a medical professional. For now, it would be wise for you to reduce stress on your body and in your life. Good luck, Moms!

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