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What if your 16 your period has been lasting for three weeks? (I'm not sexuallly active)

By Anonymous August 4, 2015 - 12:01pm
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I have never been regular, but I've never had a period last this long before. I hadn't had a period for four months. My period started out of no where and it's been lasting for three weeks now. I'm really worried. What could be wrong? If I go to the doctor will I have to be examined or be put on birth control or both?? I feel really uncomfortable about going to the doctor, but I wanna know what's wrong and what they'll do. Please help!!!!

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Hi Anon,

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community.

Prolonged menstrual bleeding also known as Menorrhagia, is defined as bleeding that goes beyond a week. I would advise that you make an appointment to see your doctor. Often times, long menstruation are treated with birth control/hormones but it can also indicate other health issues.

I hope this helps.

Be well,

August 4, 2015 - 1:45pm
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