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.

274 COMMENTS

  1. I am 34 I have always had normal periods I start about the same time every month. They last for the normal 3 to 5 days. I started like normal on January 8th it’s now January 26th. It’s not heavy bleeding I use light tampons and there never full. I have had 2 ectopic pregnancy in 2011 both tubes removed. Any I do get strange sharp pains in my abdomen from time to time but it passes within seconds. Any ideas?

    • You may find benefit in speaking with a medical professional. Because of your medical history, you may be experiencing these symptoms. Make an appointment at this time. Monitor your symptoms so you may better address any questions that your medical professional may have for you. Have a great day, Kara!

  2. I have terrible, heavy vaginal bleeding, which has been on and off for 2 weeks now. It stopped for 3 days last week, then resumed to full-flow!
    I am on norethisterone 5 months now, but this is the worst period since I was put on it.
    I take iron prescribed from my doctor daily. I had this problem nearly 2 years now. Just turned 45 this month.
    I think I will have to get the endometrial ablation very soon. So debilitating when you have to sleep on bathtowels, but still soak through to the mattress!!

    • Continue to monitor your experiences for additional symptoms. It is clear that you have already spoken with a medical professional. Make another appointment with your doctor for additional treatment. If your medical professional does not have any additional information, then perhaps speak with a specialist. You may find benefit in maintaining a plant based diet. Best of luck, Kezia!

  3. I used to not get my period for months on end. Then the doctor prescribed Depo-provera which forced the period to come. Then the bleeding wouldn’t stop. It wasn’t a flow…just spotting every day. That lasted for several months. Then I spent $1,000 on tests only to have the doctor to say “it’s probably hormonal” and he put me on birth control.

    I took those only for 6 months because I was worried about blood clots. Plus I felt awful being on them. I’d have one week of feeling normal otherwise it was 2 weeks of cramping, one week of extreme tiredness, then I’d get my “period”. No flow…just there when I went to the bathroom.

    When I stopped the birth control, my spotting stayed. Now it’s worse with more of a flow and with clots the size of my thumb. Plus I have more cramping. I can’t afford to go back to the doctor especially since this is their fault. If I hadn’t been prescribed Depo to force the blood flow, I would have been perfectly content without a period.

    • Continue to monitor your experiences. Take an iron supplement at this time. You need to speak with a medical professional. Take this time to determine if your finances or your health are more important, and choose to make an appointment or visit an emergency medical professional at this time. Best of luck, Kat!

  4. Hi,am 23 year.before 6 days.my period is so problem created.it heavy amount of bleeding.. Tooo bleeding…please suggest me..what can I do

    • It is possible that you are experiencing an unusual period. It is possible that you are having heavy implantation bleeding. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. If bleeding continues for another three days, then visit an emergency medical professional. You may want to make an appointment with a medical professional at this time. Best of luck, Shadab!

  5. Im 41 and have had my period for 26 days, GYN says its nothing shes concerned about at this time. Somtimes its just a little here and there and when I wipe but other times its like a normal period. Any ideas? I had a PAP a few months bk came back fine.

    • Continue to monitor your experiences. It is likely that your medical professional has the proper understanding of your current situation. If you find that your period continues for another week, then make a follow up appointment. You will be benefited by taking an iron supplement. Best of luck, Melissa!

    • If your period has lasted longer than ten days, then make an appointment with a medical professional at this time. You may want to speak with an emergency medical professional. Continue to monitor your symptoms at this time. This will help you address any questions that your medical professional may have. Best of luck, Deshaun!

  6. I am 40 years old and i have had my periods for eleven days now without a stop, i get clots at time and this is happening for the first time ever. i do not have any other symptoms and I am not over bleeding it seems as just the normal periods but it has taken far too long as my normal period takes only 3 days. Do i have a problem?

    • You should visit a medical professional anytime that your period lasts longer than four days. Continue to monitor your experiences at this time. This will help you better address any questions that your medical professional may have. Make an appointment at this time. It is possible that you are experiencing an unusual period. Have a great day, Sylvia!

  7. i had a Endometrial ablation 8 months ago and have been getting a depo shot every 3 months , after 2 months has passed after my shot i bleed for the 3rd month until i can get my shot again. I had a ultrasound done and everything is normal. my doc is lost and is not sure what the problem is, i’m 33 and a mother to 3. my doc said a hysterectomy is my last resort but i don’t want to do that if i don’t have to, any idea on what’s going on ?

    • It would be best for you to speak with another medical professional. Speak with another OB for additional information. It is possible that you will gain benefit from speaking with a specialist. Continue to monitor your symptoms. Make an appointment as soon as you are able to do so. Best of luck, Brittanie!

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