The period is a natural process happening to women. If the menstrual cycle is coming at the right and fixed time, it means that the woman is healthy. On the other hand, if there is any disturbance in it, it means that the woman is facing some kind of health problem. Not only is it worrisome to have short or late periods, but it is also not right to have periods longer than the scheduled time. This can happen due to weight gain, cancer, or thyroid problems.

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Today, in this article, we will talk about this topic and learn about the reasons for prolonged periods -

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  1. What causes periods to last longer?
  2. How many days of the period is considered more?
  3. Diagnosis of long periods
  4. Long period treatment
  5. Takeaway
Doctors for Long periods causes and treatment

There are some special reasons behind the duration of the period for more than the stipulated time, such as the consumption of certain types of medicines or swelling in the pelvic area, etc. Come, let us know about these reasons in detail here -


Periods can be prolonged due to certain types of medicines like anti-inflammatory, blood-thinning medicine, and contraceptive medicine. Apart from this, this can also happen due to many times or the medicine that stops periods. Many women take medicines that prevent periods for some reason and then when they stop taking those medicines, periods may last longer after the medicines are stopped.

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Periods can also last longer due to hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is a condition when the body does not make enough thyroid hormone. Explain that the thyroid is a type of gland, which releases thyroid hormones.

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Periods can also be prolonged due to cancer of the uterus or cervix. This is one of the early symptoms of cancer. So, if the period is getting more than the normal period, then talk to the doctor about it.

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Increasing weight

Being overweight can be a reason for longer periods. This is because fatty tissue can cause the body to produce more estrogen. This excess estrogen can lead to a change in the duration of periods.

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Pelvic swelling

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) occurs when bacteria infect a woman's reproductive organs. Apart from causing changes in the menstrual cycle, PID can also cause abnormal vaginal discharge among other symptoms.

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Hormonal changes

Periods can also last longer due to changes in hormone levels or ovulation. When hormones are not at normal levels or the body does not ovulate at the right time during menstruation, the lining of the uterus may become thick. In such a situation, periods can last for a long time.

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Normally periods are of 5 days. In some cases, it can last for 3-8 days. In such a situation, if periods last for more than 1 week, then doctors call such a condition menorrhagia. According to scientific research, about 5 percent of women are victims of menorrhagia. Long stay of the period can indicate the following types of health problems -

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If a woman's period lasts for a long time, then the doctor can ask the woman the following types of questions to check her -

  • When did periods start?
  • How many sanitary pads and tampons did the woman use on the last day?
  • How is the sexual activity of the woman?
  • Any other symptoms they may be experiencing.

Doctors can also get the following types of tests done to identify the problem -

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After the diagnosis, the doctor can also prescribe the treatment accordingly, which are as follows -

  • Doctors can treat with medicines, which include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • In some cases, there may be a need to give injections.
  • Intrauterine devices can also be used.
  • The doctor may also suggest using a vaginal ring.
  • In some cases, the doctor may recommend surgery. For this D&C i.e. dilation and curettage process can be used. In this, the lining of the uterus can be thinned, so that bleeding during menstruation can be reduced.
  • If a woman no longer wants to have children, then endometrial ablation, resection, or hysterectomy can be resorted to. These procedures can give relief in the long run, but greatly reduce the chances of getting pregnant.

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This was important information related to the duration of the period for a long time. If a woman is repeatedly struggling with the problem of prolonged periods, then it should not be ignored at all. Never take any unusual change related to the period lightly. The doctor should be contacted without delay and proper treatment should be done.

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