5 Possible Reasons Your Period Lasts So Long

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By Suzannah Weiss | Published August 10th on Glamour | Featuring Dr. Sherry Ross

You probably learned in health class that the typical period comes around once a month and lasts for about three to five days. Then, you probably learned through personal experience that this isn’t actually how life works. The length of a period, of course, varies from person to person and cycle to cycle. But at what point is a long period cause for worry?

According to ob-gyn Sherry Ross, M.D., you don’t need to fit into that strict three-to-five-day guideline, but any period that lasts more than a week for more than three months in a row might be something to talk to your gyno about.

Here are a few potential reasons you might notice longer-than-average or longer-than-usual periods—and what to do about it.

1. Your hormones are out of whack. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (a.k.a. PCOS), an underactive or overactive thyroid, and other disorders that mess with your sex hormone levels can cause long, heavy, or irregular periods, says Dr. Ross. If your period is abnormal or has changed significantly, you may want to see an endocrinologist to test for these conditions. | | | Next → |

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