Why is my period lasting 3 weeks?

Answer

A period can last for three weeks due to causes including intrauterine devices, medications, hormonal imbalance, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, fibroids, polyps, adenomyosis, complications of pregnancy, bleeding disorders or cancer, according to Healthline. Any woman whose period consistently lasts over a week should seek medical treatment to determine and treat the cause of the bleeding.

According to Healthline, prolonged periods do not always indicate a problem. However, if allowed to continue, they can lead to a depletion in the body's supply of iron, causing anemia. While mild anemia causes fatigue and weakness, severe anemia can result in shortness of breath, a rapid heart rate, dizziness and headaches. A doctor's visit for an extended period typically includes the taking of a medical history, a pelvic examination and, if necessary, additional testing such as blood work, a pap smear, pelvic ultrasound, endometrial biopsy, hysteroscopy and pregnancy testing.

Based on the diagnosis, various options are available to treat excessive bleeding. While changes in medications or hormonal therapy may be all that is needed in some cases, other causes of excessive bleeding may require a dilation and curettage procedure or some other form of surgery to amend the problem, says Healthline. When the bleeding is caused by cancer, fibroids or endometriosis that has not been controlled with less-invasive treatments, a hysterectomy may be necessary.

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