If you have menstrual cramps, avoid aspirin as it can prolong bleeding. Ibuprofen is more effective and may reduce the amount of blood that you lose.
What Might Cause a Period to Last for Ten Days
A period lasting for 10 days may be caused by a change in hormone levels, or by an underlying medical condition. This could be due to a change in contraception or, for older women, it could be due to the approaching menopause.
Other symptoms caused by changes in hormone levels may include excessive body hair, hot flushes, mood swings, dryness and tenderness of the vagina, and tiredness and fatigue.
Your period may also be lasting this long due to:
- Uterine fibroids or polyps (non-cancerous growths in the lining of the uterus)
- Endometrial hyperplasia (build up/thickening of the lining of the uterus)
- Thyroid and pituitary disorders
- Certain drugs such as steroids and blood thinners
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Poly-cystic ovary syndrome
What To Do Next
You should consult your doctor for professional advice, especially if your periods have been prolonged for three or more cycles, or if your extended periods are interfering with your quality of life.
Your doctor will probably perform a pelvic examination, and may perform a diagnostic test, such as a Pap smear (examination of cells scraped from the tip of the cervix), endometrial biopsy (tissue sample from the lining of the uterus) or a pelvic ultrasound.
How Is Disfunctional Uterine Bleeding Treated?
Treatment depends on the cause. Oral birth control pills are often used to control the menstrual cycle and an intrauterine device (IUD) can be helpful for pain and heavy bleeding.
Severe symptoms may need surgical treatment, such as an endometrial ablation or resection (cauterizing the lining of the uterus). However, hormone therapy will usually relieve the symptoms.