9 Causes Of Longer Periods & How to Stop a Long (Prolonged) Period

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For most women, periods last just three to five days. But what happens if your period goes beyond the five-day mark? Should you rush out and see your doctor, or is there no cause for concern?

There are several reasons why your period may be longer than usual.

How Long Do Periods Normally Last?

For most women, their period only lasts three to five days. However, anywhere from two to seven days is considered normal.

9 Causes for a Prolonged Period

Why won’t my period go away? There are many reasons why your period may go on longer than expected. But remember that it’s not uncommon for menstruation to last seven days.

If your period is still going on after the seven-day mark, here’s why:

9 reasons why my period will not stop

1. You’ve Just Started Your Perioda mom is giving her daughter who's experiencing her first period with some pain killers and a glass of water

The average cycle is 28 days, although it may be shorter or longer for some women. But in the first few years of menstruation, cycles are typically longer. As you become more regular, your cycle shortens.

Along with a longer cycle, you may also have your period for longer than average.

If you’ve just menstruating, this is likely the cause of your extended period.

2. Menorrhagia

Menorrhagia is a condition that can cause excessively prolonged and heavy periods that are irregular.

Heavy bleeding is a concern for many premenopausal women, but in most cases, the bleeding isn’t heavy enough to be considered menorrhagia. In other words, this condition causes serious blood loss.

Women with menorrhagia lose so much blood and their periods last so long that they cannot maintain their normal some pills and an injector both on a piece of paper with information of menorrhagea on itactivities.

Common symptoms of menorrhagia include:

  • Bleeding for more than seven days.
  • Soaking through at least one tampon or sanitary pad every hour for several hours.
  • Needing to wear two sanitary pads to control your menstrual flow.
  • Anemia (severe fatigue, tiredness, and shortness of breath).
  • Unable to maintain normal activities.
  • Needing to change sanitary pads or tampons in the middle of the night.

3. Adenomyosis

Adenomyosis occurs when the endometrium, or the inner lining of the uterus, starts to break through the wall of the uterus. This condition may be confined to one spot, or it may be located throughout the entire uterus.

While not considered life-threatening, the condition can cause some very uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • Prolonged and very heavy menstrual bleeding.
  • Abdominal bloating and pressure.
  • Severe pain and cramping.

Adenomyosis is a common condition, and it is typically diagnosed in women who have had children and middle-aged women.

Women who have had uterine surgery may also be at higher risk of developing this condition.

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4. Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding

When uterine bleeding is abnormal, a condition called dysfunctional uterine bleeding may be the cause. As its name suggests, this condition occurs when there’s a disruption to the normal cyclic pattern of the endometrial lining.

Common symptoms include:

  • Unpredictable bleeding
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Prolonged periods

Approximately 1-2% of women who do not seek treatment for this condition will develop endometrial cancer.

5. Endometrial Hyperplasia

Endometrial hyperplasia occurs when the uterine lining is too thick. In most cases, excess estrogen and too little progesterone is what causes this condition.

When ovulation does not occur, the body does not make progesterone, and the lining of the uterus does not shed. As a result, the uterine lining continues to grow. The cells that make up the lining may cluster together and eventually become abnormal.

Common symptoms of this condition include:

  • Heavy and/or prolonged menstrual bleeding.
  • Shorter menstrual cycles (less than 21 days).
  • Bleeding after menopause.

Endometrial hyperplasia can be treated with progestin, or synthetic progestogen.

6. Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are common among women of reproductive age. This condition occurs when benign tumors begin growing in the womb.

Depending on the severity of the condition, you may or may not experience any symptoms. Those that do have anatomy of uterine fibroidssymptoms will often experience:

  • Constipation and frequent urination
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Prolonged menstrual bleeding
  • Pain in the back and legs
  • Pressure in the pelvis

Hormonal therapy can help alleviate the symptoms of this condition and shrink the fibroid tumors.

7. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Hormonal imbalance can lead to polycystic ovarian syndrome, better known as PCOS. Over time, the imbalance can lead to a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Heavy, prolonged menstrual bleeding
  • Difficulty getting pregnant
  • Amenorrhea (absence of period)
  • Acne
  • Excessive hair growth on the face, chest, back and stomach

With PCOS, testosterone levels are higher than normal, which can lead to issues with fertility and a host of other symptoms.

PCOS can be managed, so speak to your doctor about your treatment options.

8. Thyroid Issues

Certain thyroid conditions can also cause your period to last longer than normal. The thyroid is responsible for regulating metabolism.

Periods that are longer, heavier and more painful than normal may be a sign of hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid.

Other symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

  • Hair loss
  • Dry skin
  • Constipation
  • Brittle nails
  • Weight gain
  • Irregular periods
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Sexual dysfunction

Thyroid conditions can be treated or managed through medication or surgery. If you have any of the above symptoms, see your doctor right away to discuss treatment options.

[Read more about Thyroid Issues]

9. Ectopic Pregnancy

If you are bleeding for more than a week, your period may not be to blame. Ectopic pregnancy can cause similar symptoms, and treatment must be sought right away.

A pregnancy test can confirm whether the bleeding is caused by an ectopic pregnancy.

When to See a Doctor

If your period is lasting longer than seven days, see your doctor right away. Bleeding for more than a week is abnormal.

Seek medical attention if you experience any of the following:

  • Severe pain
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Pressure in the pelvis
  • Fever
  • Symptoms that prevent you from carrying out your normal activities

Prolonged periods are often a sign of abnormality in the growth and shedding of the uterine lining. Hormonal imbalance is often to blame, but your doctor will provide you with a proper diagnosis and a proper treatment plan.

How to Stop a Long (Prolonged) Period

If your period lasts for more than seven days, you may be searching for ways to stop the bleeding right away. Provided the bleeding isn’t too severe, you may have to wait for your body to naturally stop bleeding.

Once your period stops, your doctor can recommend treatment to help prevent excessive bleeding in the future.

Other treatments for prolonged periods include:

  • NSAIDS, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.
  • Hysteroscopy, a procedure that removes fibroids and other growths in the uterus.
  • Hysterectomy, a procedure that removes the cervix and uterus.
  • Endometrial resection, a procedure that removes the internal lining of the uterus.
  • Tranexamic acid, a treatment that can reduce blood loss.

Discuss your treatment options with your doctor or watch this YouTube video about how to stop your long period

Restoring your body’s natural hormonal balance can help alleviate symptoms and prevent abnormal cycles in the future. There are both natural and conventional treatment options to correct hormonal imbalances. Your doctor can help you choose the right treatment path for you.

Prolonged periods can be concerning, especially if the change is sudden. If you’re bleeding for more than seven days, see your doctor as soon as possible to discuss your symptoms and find the right treatment option for you. While uncomfortable, most of the conditions that cause extensive menstrual bleeding are treatable with medication or surgery.

68 COMMENTS

  1. I know it’s crazy but I ALWAYS ALWAYS wonder why or how can a woman menstruation become a national SOMETHING to have three day off with pay for this it’s soo painful..sometime we have to leave work or not go because of the pain and heavy flowing…interfering with work going back and forth to bathroom to clean and change pads. How can we prove to our boss about the pain, Is it possible.

    • A friend of mine has very painful periods. She was able to get FML(family medical leave)documentation. Her doctor, being aware of how debilitating her periods would get some months, filled out the paperwork about her condition and that she should be allowed up to X amount of days off per month for it. These are unpaid days but at least she can have a day or whatever off to feel better and not have to worry about losing her job.

  2. i’ve my periods its been past 1 month and from past 14 days i consulted gyno and she provided with the medicine but its not stopped and i don’t feel any pain but now from three days ive very light pain in lower abdomen . i want to knw the reason behind it. please reply me with a valuable feedback. ty:)

    • Same here sister. Its been one and half month now. its not getting stopped. I have consulted a doctor too. Dont know wat to now. My situation is so pathetic with heavy bleeding and clots. GODDDDDDDDDDDDD. Please save us. No one should suffer like me.

      • I’m having the same problem. It sucks! Always worried about being near a bathroom to change a super plus tampon every hour, lots of clots, etc. Has anyone tried a cup vs. tampons to capture heavy flow. Been almost 2 months of non-stop bleeding. Ugh.

        • I am 43 almost 44 and going through the same problem, did you find a cause? I have no medical insurance so its hard to find help. I cant afford to pay out of pocket working part time and on unemployment.

          • Check out planned parenthood, i can’t afford heath care and i went in for birth control, they gave me a health care card where i can see a doctor for free for anything that has to do with my reproductive system. I got free birth control, STD testing, and i got to sit down and talk to a doctor about my health concerns. The doctors are always friendly and helpful.

    • Hi, anyone have any suggestion for prolong periods… I am 43. I did not hv periods for 3 month but NOW Its going on for 20 days now…. please help!!!!

    • Actually I have the same problem. I got periods after 3 months and it is not stopping for a more than 1 months now. I been to the GP many times and he prescribed me to take primolut N 5 mg TDS for a 10 days. I started taking that last 1 week ago for a 3 days and bleeding stopped but from today bleeding started again so I am starting that medication again from today. It is really awful and weird feelings getting periods for a long time. Really frustrated.

  3. I did not get my periods for last three months so after three months I got my periods already eleven days passed away but bleeding did not stop so is this normal or any other problem please let me know

  4. I have had mine going on 5 weeks I have had fibroid tumors before I had surgery and an invasion why do you think this is continuing do I need to be rechecked for fibroid tumors again

  5. I have been menstrating for the past 8days,have gone to see a doctor and Am on drugs but still bleeding heavy.i cant even concentrate at class

  6. Hello, I’m very frustrated from my problem that my periods are not stopping from 3 monthd, even for a day. Please give me any advice. I feel tiredness, can’t lift 2 kg weight.

  7. lol. 3-5 days is a LIE. Mine are AT LEAST 7 days, although usually around freaking 10. I’m just here because I was worried about my most recent period lasting two weeks.

  8. Hi. I’ve had my period for 11 days now and it’s still not stopping. This is the second time that this happened. Last month, my period lasted for 10 days and I consulted a gynecologist and was on medication and it stopped. I have regular menstruation since I started having it (4-6 days usually). Should I be concerned and go to the doctor.

  9. I had my period on 26.11.2017 , but till date (19.12.2017) bleeding (with clots) does not stop. I have taken Pause MF Tablet for 2 days but no use, what is the solution.Please help me out.

  10. My period has not stopped for a month. It has went from heavy to light but not stopping. I am having bad cramps and bloated. I can’t be pregnant cause my tubes have been burned and clipped for over 17 years. What is happening I’m only 39. Could I be premenopausal? HELP!

  11. Hello, I am so afraid because i have been on for 9 days! This have never happen before! The first two days dry bleeding…

  12. Started Christmas Day 12/25/2017…. not stopped yet
    This has never happened to me before
    I’m 47 years old
    Am I starting menopause

  13. I’m 35 I started my period a week or so before x-mas it lasted the normal days 4 to 5 days ‘ a few days before x-mas I was getting really bad stomach cramps and didn’t know why I just gotten over my period ‘ so x-mas eve I start bleeding again and has not stopped ,it was heavy then it slowed down I thought it was stopping but to my surprise it got really heaven and hasn’t stopped !! Does anyone have any idea what could be the problem?

  14. I’ve had my period for four months now. I take continuous birth control, but that doesn’t help. I’ve never had a “normal period” but three months here, four months here is just too much. I’ve had tests done, can not find the cause of it. Can’t take it anymore………..

    • I dont know what to do ?last december i been in hospital in winnipeg mb cause of heavy period 4 days.and im so weak and the doctor suggested to give me injectable birthcontrol that 3 months no menstration.i did i agree because i was so nervous or scare to have a heavy period every month.since i got that injection?my bleeding wont stopped until now more than a month still in period i felt dizziness.my sight is not clear my stoomaches lose appetite .i cant go to work if i see my face in the mirror so no blood.stupid the doctorgive that birthcontrol to stop my bleeding but is not working is getti g worst killing me softly.ir doctor give prescription to have profits?to get the money from the big pharma?actually not give us healing bit to get worst so they can give us more poison?

    • Did you ever find a solution? It’s been over a month of continual bleeding now. Nothing helps. I’m taking high doses progesterone and other supplements.

  15. I have had my period for over a month now. Was pregnant but afraid that I suffered a miscarriage and stress may also be apart of it. IDK. I know last time that I had a miscarriage this happened. (my period lasting more than a normal period would last). Idk whether to go to a gynocoligist or let it run its course and wait for it to stop. Need some advice before I go nuts. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!

  16. I’m glad to know am not the only one going through this. Am on day 13.Period started on January 5th .Thank God I got through Christmas and NewYear. Went to ER, they found nothing from ultrasound and blood work. I do have fibroids but I always have regular period 3 to 4 days. I am 42 years old so I have no clue what is happening. Lord Help.

  17. Hi, my wife has been on her periods for almost two months now. She has visited the doctor two times now. The treatments she gets doesn’t seem to be working, the bleeding just won’t stop. She began to lose weight now and sometimes she feels weak, I think that’s because of a lot of blood she has lost now in her system. Plz help, I am very worried 🙁

  18. Calm down ladies.. i’m having my period now and it is almost a year.. ONE YEAR.. done scan, done blood test etc everything is normal according to the doctor..

    Sorry but it is a relief actually to read all the comments here because i thought i was all alone in this..

    I guess it has got to do with something that we eat mostly.. so starting tomorrow i’ll change my diet and hopefully this period will stop!

    I had enough of changing pads, bedsheets, the car seats, my jeans all ruined.. ahhhh it is frustrating but no one can help us out but ourselves

    Do share if any of u manage to put a stop to your prolong period.. all the best!

    • Hi Sherry, did your doctor said it’s normal? I’m having my non-stop period for almost 3 months now but didn’t feel any symptoms as stated above . I’m doing proper diet now and regular exercise hoping that it’s one of the major causes why I experience this.

  19. Hi, am Joyce, I have fibroid and this is the first time my period has lasted for 11 days now and this has never happened to me before, it is still coming small small. I’m very worried since I do not know when it is going to stop. what should I do?

  20. Hi I’m Allie. And I’ve been on my monthly for 10 days now and it’s goes for at least 2weeks at a time. And I’m not sure what’s going on any advice on what to do. I’ve had 2 kids and it all started after I had my youngest . So what should I do please help.

    • Allie- I hope by now you have been to a Gynecologist. This is nothing to fool around with. You already know that your periods are not normal, so get yourself checked, please! Ps- Losing this much blood will lower your hemoglobin to the point where, youll pass out. Hope youre not driving when that happens. GO!

  21. Hi everyone, i am having similar problems. I am 50 yrs old and am havings period that last 30 days or more then stop for a week and start again. My dr said i am in perimenopause and have too much estrogen. I went thru a bunch of testes tomake sure there was no cancer, no fibriods, no endometiosis. I have also had an ablation done but this has not helped. He says the only other thing to do is have a hysterectomy but i feel that that is just eliminating the symtom nit fixing the problem-i will still have too much estrogen pumping thru my body. I was told that perimenopause can last up to 8 years. I have been trying some holistic things that arent really helping but you might have success. I take Vitex (chaste berry), shepards purse, i drink raspbery leaf tea and add maca powder to my tea and food. These may help you. You can get them at a health food store but please see a dr to maje sure you dont have anything more serious then a hormonal imbalance

  22. Get yourselves to a Gynecologist!! ALL of you! Having heavy or prolonged periods is NOT normal! I was in the same boat, it got to the point where I couldn’t function, I was bleeding through everything..day and night. I had to have 2 blood transfusions, my hemoglobin was soooo low. I finally had to have a hysterectomy at the age of 45. What are you waiting for?? Go now!

  23. Hello ladies, I’m at the 3 week mark with my period which also has never happened. Just had a ultrasound done yesterday so hoping for answers from that today or tomorrow. Your not suffering alone but it’s a must to see your doctor only you know your body! Will post results when I have one.

  24. Hi please am just 18 and am having my period for almost 3 months now without nonstop am really worried and frustrated.I can even get close to people because it smells bad. I need help 😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢

  25. My daughter is 18, has taken depo shot, multiple birth control, seen dr over and over and continues to have period. She is frustrated always worri d about going out, has cramps, ultrasound showed nothing but i think thats wrong! Dont know where to turn! please help

  26. I have been bleeding since Jan 9 2018 I’m 40 yrs old and the Dr won’t do anything I had my tubs done 11 yrs ago and she won’t the labrasion surgery bc she said I still can kids I don’t won’t no more kids 3 months of straight bleeding I’m done I can’t do anything I’m just so tired and weak this not me

  27. Hey
    I feel PCOS and last time my periods were abnormal It lasted more than 20days, that also when I went to doctor she prescribed me medicine. Which helped me… I recently came to Canada, the medicine which I took are back home. I don’t have access to doctor here. And my periods are prolonging this time also. It’s been 9days now. I’m very upset. Kindly give me advice or solution.

  28. It’s a wonder that no doctor has commented on this. I am on the 28th day this month for 3 months in a row they keep getting longer and longer and I’m extremely tired I can hardly stay awake at work and school doctor told me to double up on my birth control I feel extensive testing should be followed up as a routine procedure don’t know what’s wrong with these doctors. I’m 32 not sexuality active so it’s not a miscarriage.

  29. its been 11 days of my period and am bit concern why it has gone so long, normally i get not more than 7 days,bit concerned!

    any advise will be apprecaited.

  30. I had a period that went on for six weeks. It stopped only after I took progesterone. It stopped within a day once I started taking the progesterone. I had to beg and plead my doctor to do something for weeks before she finally prescribed me the progesterone, not sure why she didn’t just do that much earlier. That was such a relief when the bleeding finally did stop, and the progesterone made my next period normal again. The only downside is that the progesterone makes you really hungry all the time, but it was worth it to stop the bleeding. Anyway, don’t let anyone tell you that nothing can be done or that you just have to wait for it to stop naturally, that is plain bs. Demand and insist with your provider that something be done, and ask about a prescription for progesterone. Cheers.

  31. im only 31 years old. i know that prolonged periods occur with women who are in their 40s or 50s because of menopause. i have always regular period but it changed a month ago when i didnt had any period at all,but experienced light spotting. and I finally from the 2nd of May, I finally had my period but since that day it had never stopped. its already my 11th day and still flowing. but my menstrual blood looks like fresh blood, its odorless but fresh blood.. God please help me, help us!!!!

  32. Thank you for the information. I really like this page. The diagrams above were very understanding and user friendly.

  33. I have found that getting on progesterone helps. It’s a hormone that is needed when the body has too much estrogen to balance the two hormones. Birth control Is estrogen. I use a natural progesterone. Bio-identical hormone is more like what is produced in your body. This helped me, but each person should get the hormones tested.

  34. My periods used to be very much normal for 5to 6 days..it all stopped since I hit 41 last year 2017. Since this Jan 2018 my period are heavy and prolonged . Gy and Endo did most of the tests and it’s normal. I.was precribed birth control pills but I couldn’t continue as it made me bleed more. No idea what’s going on… this month my period is back and just continues… Sometimes my pads are not soakedup but whenever I pee I bleed.. I really hate to go to restrooms now. I am.unable to sit anywhere .. need help.

  35. what can I take to the periods. I have been bleeding for a month and some blood clot are coming out pleas e help me

  36. My period started June 1st. It ought to have stopped on the 4th but instead I have been having brown stains (some time red) till today 13th. What could be the cause?

  37. Hi my wife’s period is continuing for the last ten months non stop, we visited doctors they gave us some medicine but it didn’t help. Now what should we? any one can help us please.

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