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.

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