i am 38 yrs old, 2 kids youngest is 15 months. I have a history of regular , medium flow periods lasting about 5 days, however my last period was a few days late and is still going on , its been over 4 weeks now of continuous bleeding ( medium flow, light cramping...i am not on any kind of medication and do not take contraceptives...any ideas ?
Sounds like your ovaries "forgot" to ovulate this month. This happens relatively frequently, and can cause the sort of bleeding you are describing.
Progesterone would help to clean the lining out and "reset" your cycle--If you were my patient, I would prescribe 14 days of Prometrium.
To stop the bleeding the quickest way, oral contraceptives work best. I prescribe 2 or 3 pills a day for my patients, and they usually stop bleeding within 1-2 days. I then have them finish out the pack-one tablet per day. They can then chose to stay on the pills. or go off and "wait and see".
If this type of bleeding comes up only rarely, I usually don't do a lot of tests. If it starts happening every month, then I do some blood work like TSH and FSH, etc.
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