According to doctors, women's menstrual periods suppose to last between three or seven days. A menstrual period that lasts more than a week is known as a long period. Your doctor can refer this issue to as menorrhagia. You can also be diagnosed with menorrhagia if you normally have heavy bleeding that lasts more than seven days. According to researches and statistics, 5 percent of women have menorrhagia.
It's important to visit your doctor if you experience heavy or long periods, it can be a sign of serious health problems. The following are several causes of long menstrual periods. Read them carefully below.
1. Hormone and ovulation changes
This is one of the top causes of long menstrual periods. Hormonal changes usually occur when a girl gets her first period in perimenopause or during her puberty. Women can also experience hormonal changes from certain health issues like polycystic ovary syndrome or thyroid disorders.
If your body doesn't ovulate well during the menstrual cycle or if your hormones are not at normal levels, your uterine lining can become very thick, leading to longer menstrual periods.
Some certain drugs can also cause this problem. These types of drugs are:
B. Contraceptives like extended birth control pills and intrauterine devices.
C. Aspirin and other blood thinners.
While not a period, extended private part's bleeding can be a sign of nonviable or unsafe pregnancy, such as a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy. If you have a condition like a placenta previa, you can also have extended bleeding during pregnancy. Visit your doctor if you are experiencing private part bleeding.
4. Uterine fibroid or polyps.
Polyps and uterine fibroid can lead to long, and sometimes heavy, bleeding.
Fibroids occur when muscle tissue starts to develop or grow in the uterus wall.
Polyps also occur when there is irregular tissue growth in the women's uterus.
Generally, polyps and fibroid are cancerous.
5. Thyroid condition
There are higher chances that you may have a long menstrual period if your thyroid is not performing well. This condition is known as hypothyroidism.
Fat ladies may have long periods. This is because fatty tissue makes the body produce more estrogen. And more of these estrogens can lead to a change in your period.
Yes, cancer! Long menstrual periods can be a sign of cancer of the cervix or uterus cancer. This is one of the earliest symptoms of women's cancer.
As I mentioned above, if you are experiencing longer periods, don't hesitate to visit your doctor. Your doctor will diagnose you and give you appropriate treatment.
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