The period comes once a month and stays on average three to five days. Does your menstruation last longer? Then we’ll tell you five reasons to check.
Normally, a period lasts on average between three and five days. If you have a longer period, it’s not a broken leg. However, if you have had to bleed for more than a week for three months in a row, you should definitely consult a gynecologist. Here are five reasons why your menstruation lasts longer – and what you can do about it.
1. Your hormones are out of balance
Your menstrual bleeding comes irregularly, but when they come, do they stay quite long? This could be the first sign of PCO syndrome (polycystic ovarian syndrome), a general hormonal disorder. Women who suffer from the syndrome have increased levels of androgen, i.e. male sex hormones, in the blood. And this, in turn, leads to menstrual disorders and, in the worst case, to an unfulfilled desire to have children.
2. Medications may be the cause
Perhaps the reason for a long period is also that you are taking certain medications. Thyroid drugs, steroids, and psychopharmaceuticals, for example, can significantly affect your hormone levels. If the problem persists in the long term, it is advisable to talk to the doctor – and to think about an alternative medication.
3. Your weight has changed
Have you increased lately? Then this weight change may be an indication that your period will last longer than normal. Because: Increased body fat also leads to higher estrogen levels. And this, in turn, is responsible for the fact that the menstrual bleeding is stronger and longer.
4. You are stressed
Stress affects your menstrual cycle in pretty much every way: On the one hand, stress can cause your period to be completely absent, as it confuses the hormone balance. On the other hand, stressful times often come with irregular or particularly long periods. You should ask yourself: Am I stressed? And if so, can I reduce my stress level?.
5. Myomas in the uterus
Myomas are benign ulcers in the muscles of the uterus, which occur in many women from 25 years up to menopause. The most common symptoms: increased and prolonged bleeding as well as severe pain during the period. In any case, it is advisable to consult a gynecologist who can assess which treatment (hormonal or surgical) is appropriate.
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