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:

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



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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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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  • 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
  • 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
  • NancySep.8 22:50
    My name is Nancy i am 35 years old i got my periods when I was nine years old my periods where always normal but when i had my second child at 21 years old i got the depo shot after that my menstrual cycle was irregular sometimes I would not get them for at least a year and when I did they would last for weeks I went to the doctor and they will alway just give me birth control pills for my hormones to balance. When I turn 28 I tried to get pregnant and we tried for years untill I turn 34 I finally it became as a suprise and eneded up pregnant but after I had my baby in 2014 I got my cycle regular for at least 5 months and the irregular periods began again i have been bleeding for 6 months stright I went to the doctor and again they gave me birth control pills but that has not helped my period has got even more havey I feel weak and get headaches almost every 2 days what can I do?
  • Lauren durham Sep.3 17:54
    Hello I'm 26 an I started my period when I was 11 I have always suffered bad but I been bleeding for 14 days straight was on the pill and the doctor advised me to stop taking it I dunno what to do about it I'm always tiered I have anemia to
  • Gracie edwardsAug.25 23:08
    I'm 12 years old I got my first period on July 5 and today it is august 25 it hasn't stopped since. I mean it stopped for like a day or two but other than that it hasn't stopped. I'm scared no one will help me and I don't know if someone on here will it's been going on for 2 months straight. And I don't want to go to the doctor I don't know what if my dad can afford it. And I'm scared of shots. Please anyone give me a reply.
  • moureenAug.25 12:49
    hey am moureen i gat a prob with my periods it all started in 2008 of which i was bleeding very heavily cos i had to change my pad within less than 20minutes went to the hospital and they told me that i had a hormonal imbalance of which they prescribed me to family planning pills of which the pills were to help in from then my p became irregular later when i broke my vaginity back in 2014 they became normal like i would get them after every one month when i abstained from sex 2015 it become abnormal again they started skipping and receiving them after 3-4months now this year they came on april then went missing again but later they came on 21st july and till today on 25th august they've not stopped at some days they are heavy with huge clots and other times am just spotting i don't want to engage myself into sex or go back to hospital cos am very sure they will give me the birth control pills if anyone has an idea of how i should stop them naturally i would be so much greatful
  • CasAug.24 20:24
    Hi. i'm 20years of age, my boyfriend and I started having unprotected sex last month and he came inside of me, the last time We had sex was on the 13th and i started spotting light pink blood which later on turned into a very heavy flow, a few days later i started cramping so Bad that I would literally cry. To my surprise i haven't stopped with my periods and starting to get worried coz i feel like something could be really wrong but I'm afraid of going to the doctor or talking to anyone about this. I'm currently using the third pack of Sanitary towels and i'm really freaked out. Please Help!
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