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What is the reason for a prolonged period?

By Anonymous August 3, 2015 - 1:19am
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I am a girl of 21 years of age, single. Usually my cycle lasts for 7 days max. In the first two days it pains a lot, but then gets back to normal. This time, I didn't feel any pain during my first two days, and I was happy about it. But there was no heavy or uniform flow, and my cycle has not yet ended, it has been 14 days already. what can be the possible reason of this prolonged cycle? The flow is not regular. Some day it will happen, and a day it wouldn't.
I do menstruate, not that often though. Some connection between the two?

Please help.

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Thanks for your advice. But I just wanted to let you know that my periods happen regularly usually. But this is the first time that they have extended to up to 14 days or so. I'll surely visit a gynae.

And in above, I meant, "I do masturbate, not that often though. Any connection between the two?"

August 3, 2015 - 10:57am
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Hi me2303,

No, there would be no connection between the two. Please keep us updated.


August 4, 2015 - 8:27am

Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thank you for reaching out to us for advice.

Schedule an appointment with a gynecologist or your primary care physician.

The menstrual cycle is regulated by a precise balance of hormones. Any upset in this balance causes irregularities.

There is very likely a hormonal issue that is causing you to have irregular menstrual cycles (not menstruating very often) and this unusual period.

Once possibility is PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome. It is a common endocrine system disorder among women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS may have enlarged ovaries that contain small collections of fluid called follicles, which are located in each ovary.

Irregular periods is the most characteristic symptom. Intervals between periods can be longer than 35 days; fewer than eight menstrual cycles a year; failure to menstruate for four months or longer; and prolonged periods that may be scant or heavy.


August 3, 2015 - 8:23am
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