Long Periods - 5 Causes That Lead To Prolonged Menstrual Bleeding & Treatments

May 03, 2018

Have you ever felt like your period loves you so much that she decided not to leave you even though it has been more than 10 days? 
If this happens to you, I'm sorry to tell you that you havemenorrhagia.
But wait, isn’t that the term doctor used to describe a heavy period bleeding?
Theoretically, menorrhagia is the medical term used for abnormally heavy periodOR period longer than a week.
Before that, let me tells you a bit about prolonged menstrual bleeding. Basically, average menstrual bleeding for an adult woman lasts from3-7 days with cycle anywhere around21 to 35 days. While the usual amount ofblood loss per period is 40 ml (3 tablespoons).
If you have a long period, definitely your blood loss is higher and your period cycle will change too. Which is why once your period goes beyond a week, you should seek a doctor straight away. Bear in mind,this is not normal.
Causes
Definitely what you think right now is what have I done wrong? Why is this happening to me? Actually, there are many things that lead to prolonged menstrual bleeding. Such as:
#1 Dysfunctional Uterine Bladder (DUB)
DUB is a condition thataffects nearly every women at some point in her life. According to American Society for Reproductive Medicine, it is most common during puberty and menopause but can occur any time that hormones are imbalanced.
The main caused for DUB is animbalance in the sex hormones. However, itcan be controlled by taking a birth control pills.
#2 Pregnancy
Yes, you hear me right.You might be pregnant! I know the tell-tale sign ofpregnancy NO period. BUT not all the time. Some women experience irregular bleeding and think that it is their period. Until theymissed the next month period. Then only they knew that they are pregnant. This could happen to you.
However, don’t keep your hope high as prolonged period may also be a sign that you have anearly miscarriage. The best thing to do is when you feel your period is weird, take a pregnancy test. If it shows negative, wait for your next period. If it still weird,consider seeing a doctor.
#3 Medication
Anything that manipulates your hormones has the potential to make yourperiods longer. This includesall types of hormonal birth control pill, patches, rings, shorts, and implants. If your body doesn’t respond well to one type of pills or dosage, there’s a good chance you can find a different one that will work.
The length of your period is just one factor your doctor will use to help you determine which type of birth control works best for you.
#4 Cancer
It’s rare but it's possible thatprolonged menstrual periodsare a sign of an underlying illness, such as hematologic (blood) disease orcancer. In fact, abnormal vaginal bleeding - like bleeding after sex, spotting between periods, extra long period - is one of the first and sometimes the only,early sign of cervical cancer.
Make sure you tell your doctor right away if you experience any of these symptoms.
#5 Perimenopause
Menopause which technically means you have gone 12 or more month without a period, hits women around the age of 50. You may notice your period getting longer or shorter, your cycle becoming more random and other slight changes in your menstruation. If you are in mid-to-late 30’s, your prolonged periods might simply be due to thenatural process of aging.There is a possibility that early menopause can hit early in their 20’s.
Treatments
Treatments are vary depending on your case. Commontreatment would bemedication such as birth control pills,hysterectomy -surgical removal of the uterus, orendometrial ablation -surgical removing or burning the uterine wall.
Whatever it is, itdepends on your personal circumstances.If you want to become pregnant in the future, certain procedures such as hysterectomy is not a good option as it will cause infertility.
Always consult with your doctor and keep a detailed account of your menstrual bleeding in order to provide your doctor enough info and get the right treatment.

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