Prolonged and Continuous Menstrual Bleeding

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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 irregularities.

A normal period will last for three to seven days; after that, you may experience prolonged and continuous bleeding. Continuous bleeding is not an immediate cause for concern, but if it occurs for several consecutive months, it can indicate a more serious condition.

Cervical cancer is one of the possible causes of prolonged menstrual bleeding

What Causes Prolonged and Continuous Menstrual Bleeding?

Prolonged and continuous menstrual bleeding can be caused by a number of factors, ranging from stress and birth control pills to more serious medical issues, such as uterine polyps. Hormonal imbalances are the most common cause of prolonged and continuous bleeding, especially prior to menopause.

All of the following conditions could result in prolonged and continuous bleeding:

Lupus

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) for contraception

Cervical cancer

Hormonal imbalance

Uterine fibroid growths

Endometrial polyps

Endometrial cancer

Cervical polyps

Von Willebrand disease (VWD)

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

There are several types of bleeding disorders, and excessive bleeding can also be triggered by hormonal imbalance, estrogen and progesterone.

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, which can be addressed in several ways.

Exercise and a balanced diet are essential in maintaining a healthy body and regulating your period. Activities such as yoga, running, going for long walks, cicling, 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 your body.

If you are experiencing excessive, constant bleeding, especially alongside abdominal pain, see your gynecologist as soon as possible to rule out or confirm any underlying conditions because prolonged and continuous menstrual bleeding can be normal, but it should be looked into with care.

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