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how long is "too long" for a menstral period?

I am 49 years old and for the first time ever I am having an excessively long period.  I began 12 days ago and am bleeding so much I have to use a super plus tampon and a maxie pad. I have to change both at least every two hours (both night and day), it is not showing any signs of stopping any time soon. How long should this go on before I take action?  I went to a Dr. this past Friday and he just said this was "normal" because I was entering "that stage" of my life. He said if I was still bleeding another 10 days to come back.  I am not on any kind of meds but I have started taking more iron because there is so much bleeding and I have been anemic in the past. Can this kind of intense blood loss cause other problems? Should I seek another Dr and get a 2nd opinion?
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