If you’re still on your tenth day in a row looking for a tampon in your bag, you’re not alone. We are all well aware that the length of menstruation can vary from individual to individual, as well as that 2-7 days of menstruation is completely normal. However, this is not how it works for everyone – but what does it mean if you have been menstruating for a long time or from the beginning?
1. An illness affects your hormones
Polycystic ovary syndrome ( also known as PCOS), thyroid dysfunction, and other disorders that interfere with hormones can cause long, painful, and irregular periods. If your period is unpredictable or has changed significantly, you may want to see an endocrinologist see if a more serious illness is behind the uncomfortably long bleeding.
2. You are taking a new medication
Certain medications, such as tablets prescribed for most thyroid diseases, steroids, and antipsychotics, can also interfere with hormone levels. If you have recently started taking any of these medicines and have had your period since then, be sure to tell your doctor, and if the condition still does not improve, ask him or her for another alternative.
3. You have gained a few pounds
If your period lasts longer than usual and you have recently gained weight, it may indicate that you have exceeded your ideal weight. This is because increased body fat leads to higher estrogen levels, which can prolong and make menstruation more difficult.
4. You are very stressed
Stress can affect your menstrual cycle in every way possible. Sometimes it can lead to a complete cessation of menstruation, but in other cases, it can prolong or complicate it, and in the middle of the cycle it can also cause spotting bleeding. So if you’ve had a serious emotional shock with you lately, or you’re overwhelmed, facing that particular difficulty can help you get your period back on track the most.
5. Too much environmental estrogen or exposure
If your period is prolonged, in most cases estrogen will dominate your body over progesterone. This can also happen because too much environmental estrogen enters your body through plastics, pesticides and hormone-treated meats. To eliminate these, put more emphasis on fiber intake, use insecticides that contain natural ingredients, and avoid foods that contain hormones and antibiotics.