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Long period...is it just regulating itself

By March 16, 2010 - 6:04am
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I am 17 years old and got my period in July (so i've only had my period for 7 months). i heard it takes time for a period to regulate...
however, this time i've had my period for 17 days ....i know this is not 'normal'...but i was wondering if it was 'normal' in the sense that i've only recently started my period and it's just regulating itself?

if my period goes for 3 weeks, i'll go to the doctor...but i just want to know that could it be my period regulating itself that it's lasted this long...?

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also i'm not pregnant, sexually active, or taking birth control so it's none of that. i have gained a tiny bit of weight and have been a bit stressed lately but i wouldnt say anything hugely significant.

thanks so much!

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Thanks for all of the great detailed information...that helps tremendously!

17 days of bleeding is not within the normal range for a period, and could signify an infection or underlying medical condition. It could be your period regulating itself, but I would want to rule out other factors first. I think you have a good plan...if you are still experiencing bleeding for another few days, calling the doctor is a good idea. If you have another period that lasts for more than 7 days, please call your doctor, as this is likely not part of the "self-regulating" process.

Stress and gaining a little weight would likely not cause bleeding for 17 days. Would you describe the bleeding as heavy? Is this spotting or actual period-like bleeding? Are you soaking through more than one tampon or pad in an hour? Are you experiencing any pain? If yes to any of these, it would be important to call your doctor today.

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March 16, 2010 - 2:44pm
(reply to Alison Beaver)

Yes, thanks so much! My mum, being the worrier that she is haha, is taking me to the doctor's tomorrow anyway. I really appreciate all the advice! :) Thank you

March 16, 2010 - 5:57pm
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