If your period lasts more than 7 days, you have prolonged bleeding. The term is often used synonymously with menorrhogia (heavy bleeding), but is more descriptive of periods that go on for an annoyingly long time.
There are many causes, including fibroids, uterine polyps, hyperplasia or cancer of the uterus, polycystic ovarian syndrome, thyroid disease, genital tract infection, endometriosis and bleeding disorders.
What to do
If you are troubled by prolonged periods, you should see your GP and be referred to a gynaecologist if symptoms persist.