The average duration of menstruation is 4 to 6 days, during which a women sheds around 40 ml of blood. The symptoms faced by most of the women are the same, however, the heaviness of the flow, the duration of the period will vary. In a healthy menstrual cycle, periods occur every 21 to 35 days with an average of 28 days. Sometimes the periods extend longer than normal, which is when you hear the problem – my period won’t stop. What needs to be done in such a situation?

My Period Won’t Stop, Is It Normal?

There are various reasons why period won’t stop. It is abnormal when the following symptoms are seen:

  • When the blood loss exceeds 80cc or 5 tablespoons

  • When one tampon or sanitary pad is used up in an hour and this situation is happening for several hours together

  • You require double sanitary pad or are required to use both a tampon and a pad

  • You are required to change during the night

  • The menstrual flow consists of large blood clots

  • The periods continue for more than a week

  • The heavy flow prevents you from participating in activities

  • You have symptoms like fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness and paleness, which relate to anemia

  • Bleeding or spotting between periods, when you are pregnant, after having sex, or after you have achieved menopauses

  • If you have severe pain, fever, abnormal discharge, or foul smelling discharge

  • You have unexplained weight loss or sudden weight gain

  • If you find discharge from your nipples, have unusual hair growth or new acne

If your prolonged period is accompanied by the above mentioned symptoms, you should contact a doctor to find why and get relief.

My Period Won't Stop, Why?

When a doctor has a patient saying my period doesn’t stop, he can check for the below mentioned causes:
1

Hormonal Imbalance

Hormonal imbalance of estrogen and progesterone can cause increased bleeding and is usually seen during menarche and menopause. Ovarian disorders can cause hormonal imbalance

2

Menopause

Menopause can cause prolonged bleeding. Unless it is excessive, you can let it stop on its own, or consult a doctor. Practicing yoga, eliminating processed foods from diet or an acupuncturist can help relieve symptoms of heavy bleeding.

3

Internal Bleeding

Although not very common, internal bleeding can be the reason why period won’t stop. This happens when blood is unable to clot inside the body. The other symptoms are bloody stools or vomit, dizziness or fainting. A doctor should be consulted.

4

Other Causes of Prolonged Period

  • Another reason why my period won’t stop is the presence of uterine polyps which grow from the walls of the uterus and are mushroom-like.

  • Presence of non-cancerous fibroids in the uterus or tumors, which is usually seen in child-bearing years.

  • Middle aged women can suffer from adenomyosis, which happens when the glands of uterus get embedded in the muscular lining of the uterus.

  • Use of IUDs as birth control measures and blood thinners

  • Ectopic pregnancy, a miscarriage, or infection or cancer in the uterus, fallopian tubes and other reproductive organs can cause heavy bleeding.

How to Deal With Prolonged Periods

1

Leave It Alone

If the prolonged periods do not interfere with your daily routine, you can leave it alone. When there is no underlying serious cause associated with it, you can start to accept it. You should however get yourself checked for anemia periodically and take iron supplements if required.

2

Track Your Period

It is a good practice to keep note of your periods or any other bleeding you have, which will include the following:

  • Start date and end date of periods

  • How heavy the flow was, you can list the number of pads or tampons used and how soiled they were

  • If you experience bleeding between periods or after sex

  • Any other symptoms you experience during this time

3

Take Medications

When you have the feeling that my periods won’t stop, you can take some medications to get some relief.

  • Hormonal tablets can be taken to regularize the bleeding, like contraceptive pills and Danazol

  • Although the flow does not decrease, taking progesterone can regularize periods

  • Taking tranexamic acid, which is a non-hormonal treatment, can reduce the blood loss by half

  • To reduce blood loss by one third, you can take NSAIDs

  • A hormonal contraceptive coil (Mirena) can be used as an alternative method, and it is suitable to most women

4

Turn to Surgical Procedures

The surgical options that can reduce the blood loss and duration of prolonged periods are:

  • Dilation and Curettage, which involves surgical widening of the cervix and scraping off the internal lining of the uterus

  • Hysteroscopy, which involves removal of fibroids and other growth from the inside of the uterus with a thin and long scope

  • Endometrial resection or ablation, which involves the destruction or complete removal of the internal lining of the uterus. Once this procedure is done, the woman will not be able to have baby

  • Hysterectomy is the complete removal of uterus and cervix. A woman cannot have baby once this surgery is done

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  • Alysha RodriguezNov.23 05:03
    I had a baby a year ago via csection bled for about 6 weeks after he was born.... then after that I did have a period my Dr put my on provera to have a period I stopped taking them after a period came on.. after that period 8 months went by without a peiod now I have a period and have been on it for 22 days... started out really light at first now it's heavy and has a bunch of clots. Is it normal to bleed this long after not have a period for 8 months?
  • Ellie georgeNov.17 00:39
    Hi I'm 18 years of age and I have the implant. I have had the implant for just over a year now and I didn't have a period for 7 months then had one for 3 weeks then it went back to normal and my period was literally 5 days of each month. However now Ive been on my period for 21 days and it's heavy. Any ideas?
  • SamNov.12 20:08
    Hey I'm 18 and I've had my period for about a month , strange. I've never had regular periods but just this past year is when my month periods started. I just recently had it for the whole month of October besides the last week then it stopped for about a week , then it came back let's say November 1st , it's now still going and at moments it stops and it looks like it's going to end then the next time I check it is heavy again . I just don't understand.
  • JanelleNov.8 23:14
    hi,i am 14 years old i got my first period on october 24 it is now november 8 i am very scared idk what to to..maybe i should just leave it alone since it is not heavy at all quite light infact ..
  • fortuneOct.29 09:39
    hello everyone. Am 40 and i have the heaviest flow ever. it was normal until 38, but now I get heavy 10 days flow with clots..am scared. i just had a thyroidectomy and my period has gotten worse. Feels like my period wont stop. any advise will be appreciated.
  • LoreenOct.21 05:10
    Hi, i have been bleeding for 2 weeks now.. it first started off as spotting and very light. but its been on going and not stopping. a couple months back i got my periods twice in august and skipped September thinking it was because of that. but this month the spotting started and 1 week later i got my normal flow. i took a pregnancy test just to check because iv been freaking out. my periods was suppose to stop by now but it hasnt its back to the light spotting flow and im really starting to get worried now. please help and advice me in anyway if possible im really worried
  • mellowOct.5 07:55
    i too have been experiencing abnormalities with my flow. initially i had regular periods until 2014 when the heavy flow started. it lasts up to 2 months and then stops for like 2-4 months and then the cycle repeats its self again. the doctor prescribed contraceptives and they help but for that period and when i stop taking them the periods start again. i recently started trying to have a baby but nothing happens. i am really worried that i might not ever experience the joy of having a baby.
  • AlexisOct.4 04:49
    It all started in July, I had gotten a summer job (my first job) and was about to start the fall semester of my second year in college. At first I was scared (after seeing huge clots). I had been recently been cut off the services provided by Medicaid so with no insurance I went to the E.R.(after it had been on 2 months straight). Not only did the hospital not do anything to solve my problem, I went home that day in the same boat and a $2000.00 bill. After researching and trying numerous of times to get in touch with my social worker for Plan First, I have been unsuccessful. It is now October, I'm exhausted, tired, nauseous, lightheaded, and weak. I don't know what else to do. My mom and I have reached out to charity sponsors but the application process takes too long and the chances of getting in for me to see someone are slim.
  • kiana lowSep.30 16:06
    hi, my name is kiana low and i am 13 and a half and i havent stopped my period since well i mean i have for like a week before but its just like the opposite so i am always on my period but some days i am on it and some days i am off of it
  • NormaSep.21 22:29
    Hi everyone Eva here am 38 l have been on my period for the last 6 months now l went to my doc they gave me Iron tablets and vitamin B12 lnjection they said l was also very low on vitamin D am taking tablets for that too but this period it does worry me what's wrong with me or what's the next step thanks
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