Abnormally Long Periods
I have had a period lasting almost three weeks now. It came about one week earlier than my usual 26-day cycle and is still going on after almost three weeks. Up until this month I have been like clockwork and my periods usually last about 5-days. Should I be concerned and call my doctor?
A period lasting 3 weeks might be strange in your mid-twenties. If you are at the age where you may be approaching perimenopause, an unpredictable menstrual cycle is the norm.
In fact, more than half of perimenopausal women complain about their off-beat menses - which can include skipped periods, periods that happen more than once throughout a month, or drastically lengthy periods. They can even include menses with thick blood clots and a very heavy flow. The menstrual cycle is usually the first indication that you might be approaching your menopausal years.
If you're experiencing a very long period, I'm assuming that your menses flow is lighter than normal? Don't be frightened, this is your body's natural reaction to your change in hormones.
You see, as a woman approaches menopause her body's estrogen and progesterone (both female hormones) levels decline and as a result her ovaries release fewer eggs. As the body's female hormone levels slow down, she will begin to produce more of the follicle stimulating hormone which is released by the pituitary gland in the brain. As these hormones adjust and try to balance each other out, the female reproductive system - your period - can react a little chaotically. Once your hormone levels rebalance and you've entered full-menopause, your periods should cease.
If you're period is lasting 3 weeks and your menses flow is extremely heavy - so heavy that it's causing you to feel dizzy or nauseated -it might be wise to see your doctor immediately to get to the root cause and to calm your concerns.