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By March 7, 2010 - 3:18pm
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I have my period for nine days at times it is very heavy, then i only have 15 days then it starts again. this has been happening for about 6 monthes. should i talk to my doctor?

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Yes, you should definitely talk with your doctor about your symptoms.

A "normal" or "average" period is defined by bleeding that is no more than 7 days, with cycle lengths between 21-35 days. If you are bleeding for 9 days, with a cycle length of 24 days...this may be your norm, or it may indicate an underlying medical condition.

I calculated your cycle length of 24 days by counting the first day of your period as "Day 1", and since you bleed for 9 days (Days 1-9), then have 15 days in-between of non-bleeding (Days 10-24), then another period begins (Day 1), then it can be calculated that you have 24 days (or a "cycle length of 24 days") from one period to the next. I may have mis-read your statement, so be sure that this is accurate!

Here is an article you may find helpful:
EmpowHER Article: How to Know if Your Period is Normal

Please let us know if you have any additional questions, and if you choose to talk with your doctor about your symptoms, we would love to hear back from you.

March 7, 2010 - 4:15pm
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