The duration of menstrual periods varies from woman to woman. Menstrual cycles typically last between 21 and 35 days, with three to seven days of bleeding. However, not all women experience regular cycles. A woman can have spotting, light periods, prolonged and continuous menstrual bleeding and many other conditions. Prolonged or continuous bleeding can be normal but should be looked into with care.
A normal period will last for three to seven days, after that you might have prolonged and continuous bleeding. Continuous bleeding is normal but if it occurs for several consecutive months it can indicate a more serious condition.
What Causes Prolonged and Continuous Menstrual Bleeding?
Prolonged and continuous menstrual bleeding can be caused by a number of factors ranging from stress to birth control pills to more serious medical issues such as polyps. Hormonal imbalances are the most common cause of prolonged and continuous bleeding.
All of the following conditions could result in prolonged and continuous bleeding:
• Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
• Intrauterine devices (IUDs) for contraception
• Cervical cancer
• A hormonal imbalance
• Uterine fibroid tumors
• Endometrial polyps
• Endometrial cancer
• Cervical polyps
• Willebrand Disease (VWD)
There are several types of bleeding disorders including Willebrand Disease (VWD) which is the most common next to hormonal imbalances.
Treatment for Prolonged and Continuous Menstrual Bleeding
Treatment for prolonged and continuous menstrual bleeding depends on the diagnosis. If you have one of the diseases or conditions listed above and not hormonal problems, it is best to consult a medical professional. Most cases of prolonged and continuous menstrual bleeding are due to hormonal fluctuations and there are several ways to address those.
Exercise and a healthy diet are essential in maintaining a healthy body and regulating your period. Activities such as Yoga, running, going for long walks, climbing stairs, and other aerobic activities are great for the mind and the body. There are also a few alternative medicines that can help the body produce hormones naturally and permit the body to adjust itself. These medicines don’t work for everybody and often depend on the makeup of your body.
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