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Hi, I'm a 26 year old female.

I started menstruating when I was 12, and for as long as I can remember I have always had pretty long periods (over 7 days).

Now in my 20's, my periods have been consistently around 9 days long (when I'm not on birth control). I am currently on birth control and my periods are around 7 days long.

I never disclosed this to a physician because I didn't think it was important. I don't have cramps, my periods are regular, I don't feel tired from the bleeding, and I don't have any issue with my period besides the length. I don't bleed heavily, the last 4 days are usually just black goo.

I'm only concerned because the more I talk about it, the more irregular I feel it is. Does anyone know what the chances are that something is wrong?

Thank you!
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replied November 24th, 2014
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Having menstrual bleeding of 5-10 days duration can be considered as normal as long as you have regular periods. If bleeding duration is increased or flow is heavy, then it is not normal and could suggest abnormality in hormonal levels or endometrial changes etc. The exact cause can only be made out after careful examination and evaluation. Observe your menstrual cycles for 2-3 cycles. If symptoms persist or if symptoms are recurrent, consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist for further examination, evaluation, clarification and assistance. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
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