I alway have a normal period. This time my period is 10 days longer than normal, but it is not heavy. I know is not a miscarriage, my tubes were cut 8 years ago. I'm 36 years old, what is happening to me?


It is possible that nothing in particular is wrong. Even a woman who has regular periods can have an abnormal cycle once in a while as she gets older. But the symptoms you have are also ones for problems you should not ignore. Longer than normal menstrual periods can be due to a problem with:

  • Your thyroid, a gland in your throat that regulates your hormones
  • Fibroids in your uterus. These are growths in the uterine wall. See Uterine Fibroids for more details.
  • A misfiring ovaries where you did not ovulate but your bleeding started any way. The result is that your body skipped the signal to stop the bleed.
  • An infection in the cervix or the uterus.

Because there is a possibility of a serious problem, it is best to see your doctor to make sure you don't have a serious problem.