Menstruation Lasting 3 Weeks: Home Remedies For Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

Question: I have my period for approximately three weeks now. Last week it lightened up and I thought it was going but then it came back the next day extremely heavy. I had been changing pads every hour or two. I have been through four packs of overnight pads within this period and will be purchasing a 5th pack today. Can I have your advice?

Menstruation Lasting 3 Weeks

Answer: Menstruation lasting for three weeks with heavy bleeding is also medically called menorrhagia.

Heavy menses make life miserable for a female. It disrupts your life in daily activity.

In your case, has this phenomenon occurred for the first time? Do you have abdominal pain or any associated symptoms with excessive bleeding?

Heavy Menstruation Bleeding

As the bleeding is heavy, it is advisable to consult a gynecologist to rule out if any pathology involved.

But if all is well and you are not having any pathology of uterus such as fibroid or any tumor according to the gynecologist than you can try this natural solutions:

Home Remedies For Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

  • Herbs such as yarrow and nettles are some of the herbs used to treat heavy menses.
  • Vitex berries tincture can be used to treat heavy bleeding.
  • Chaste tree has the property to balance the hormones and thus bring the heavy bleeding under control.
  • Vitamin deficiency should be addressed especially vitamin C, K, and vitamin A. supplements of vitamin should be taken.

Your doctor may recommend some of the tests such as sonography of abdomen and pelvis. Hormonal tests for thyroid and LH.


  1. Amy said:

    I do not have any abdominal pain and have been taking drugs prescribed by a Gynecologist. But the bleeding does not stop. Although, July 2011 to December 16th, I did not see my period and I was giving Premolut N, which made my periods start from Dec 17th till date. what do I do now?

    January 7, 2012
    • TDR said:

      Amy, Look at my comments above for excessive bleeding. You must consult an expert, if you are experiencing weakness, fatigue along with the excessive loss of blood. Too much continuous bleeding may cause iron deficiency in your body, so act fast.

      February 9, 2012
  2. Mrs Sue Tamplin said:

    My daughter is 11 and started her first period in October last year. It was heavy and lasted a week. This, I explained, will happen initially while her body gets used to hormones. November was heavier and lasted 2 weeks soaking pads and clothes. She had a period on 15th December and it is now 3 weeks, it is still very heavy fresh blood with occasional clots. She has no pain. But she is constantly changing super pads and clothes. She is starting to feel light headed and looks terrible very pale, but still no pain. Should I be seeking advice from GP as i afraid she going to pass out. Regards Sue

    January 8, 2012
    • TDR said:

      She could be having “Menorrhagia” which is the medical term used for heavy and excessive menstrual bleeding. Some of the causes include hormonal imbalance, some problems with the ovaries, uterine fibroids, polyps, inherited bleeding disorders or even medications sometimes. Excessive bleeding among adolescent girls who have recently started menstruating is not uncommon. Girls are especially prone to anovulatory cycles in the first year and a half after their first menstrual period (menarche). Progesterone is the female hormone that regulates the periods in a woman. During the menstrual cycle the body produces progesterone when the egg is released. When, during the cycle, the egg is not released, the body does not produce enough progesterone. This may cause excessive and abnormal bleeding.
      Excessive bleeding may lead to loss of iron from the body and may cause Iron deficiency anemia. This will make the patient weak, pale and fatigued.
      It is advisable for you to seem medical attention if excessive bleeding continue any longer.

      February 8, 2012
  3. UR said:

    I had my period on 13th March and it lasted for 7 days and it came back on the 2nd of April, immediately after having sex and lasted for 6 days. It came back again on 9th of April and I am on it now. It is heavy with slight cramp. I am worried as I don’t know why it is happening and what should I do?

    April 11, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Can you tell me your age? Is the problem occurring for the first time? How is the flow? Are there any clots with the menstrual blood?
      You should consult a good gynecologist in the first place. As she may be able to evaluate your case better after taking history and examination. Meanwhile you can try these herbs like chaste berry and yarrow. They are known to be effective in reducing heavy menstrual bleeding. You can also take vitamin supplements.

      April 13, 2012
  4. NU said:

    I am 26 years of age and got married for ten months back. Before marriage I had regular and normal monthly periods, however after marriage I started to have irregular periods. Two months after marriage I missed my period for 3 months and then I had a heavy one at the beginning of the 4th month which lasted for 15 days. Since then I have longer periods and now I am having it for almost a month now. It is not getting even lighter and is still the same since day one. Request you to please help me!

    April 16, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Maybe this is due to some hormonal changes. However, you should talk to your gynecologist regarding your irregular menstrual cycle. Banana flower is an effective home remedy for decreasing excess menstrual bleeding. This it does by its natural property of increasing the progesterone level in the body. Eat cooked banana flower with curd once in a day for few days when there is excessive flow. Also make sure to eat iron rich food as excess of menses will result in iron deficiency anemia. Eat foods rich in iron.

      April 16, 2012
  5. FY said:

    My age is 42 and since last two months I am having menstrual problems. Before this, my periods were regular and lasted for 7 days. But since two months the flow is continuous and lasts for 2 to3 weeks. Except heavy flow there is no other associated complaint such as pain or feeling tired. I eat vegetarian food and sometime the discharge smells foul. I am not sure what to do.

    May 27, 2012
  6. Clad said:

    I am having heavy period, going on for last two weeks. I have consulted the doctor who gave me some medicine to stop, but it has not stopped. There is heavy heavy clotting, and I am feeling nauseous and weak; my back is constantly sore. I have been eating lots of vegetables and fruits but my energy level in zero. I have lost about 4 kg this week. Is it normal to loose so much weight so quickly? Please suggest some remedy.

    June 8, 2012
  7. PS said:

    I am 23 years old and suffering from excessive menstruation for almost one year now. I don’t feel tired or week and did not suffer from any other menstruation problems only the heavy bleeding. Please educate me more about this.

    June 12, 2012
  8. Lesa said:

    I am 19 years old and I have a 2 year old daughter. I have been on my period for last 10 days and it has now slowed down. I am kind of wondering is something wrong there as I haven’t been having sex because i don’t have time for it. What is your advice, should I go to the doctor?

    June 13, 2012
  9. Kij said:

    I get my periods every few months, maybe 3 times a year and when it comes it is so heavy that I have to use super tampons and overnight pads. I have to change both in 2 hours. My period lasts for 3 to 4 weeks but there is no cramping or pain. I had talked to my doctor few years back but she said many teens have that problem and it may be because I am overweight. She didn’t agree giving hormones. Kindly suggest what should I do?

    June 16, 2012
  10. AF said:

    During previous three weeks my period is not stopping. Sometime it has gone but after a day it may come back again. I had taken emergency contraception pill 4 months ago and from then my period is not regular. What should I do to stop bleeding? Do I need to consult any doctor or are there any home remedies?

    July 28, 2012
  11. LG said:

    I am 48 yrs old. My mom had menopause at same age. I am having consistent period since Sept 14 2012. It starts to slow down then it increases. I went to a gynecologist in June 2012, there were no fibroids or abnormalities detected. But now I started to get worried. When will the bleeding stop?

    October 28, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Your problems are probably related to menopause and peri menopause. Your excessive bleeding is perhaps due to change in hormones. In such case you should again consult your doctor. He will give you some hormonal tablets that may help to reduce bleeding. Banana flower is another home remedy successfully used for menstrual irregularities. Boil one banana flower in water. Eat the boiled banana flower with curd. Homeopathic medicines are also beneficial in treating the condition.

      October 29, 2012
  12. joy said:

    My period lasts for more than 2 to 3 weeks. I usually take pills to stop the bleeding. What should I do?

    November 11, 2012
    • PUP said:

      It is necessary to know the cause for menorrhagia(excessive menstruation). You have not mentioned your age. The causes of Menorrhagia may be different at different ages. In puberty the cause can be ovarian dysfunction, hyperthyroidism, etc. Menorrhagia at child bearing age can be due to anemia, scurvy, hormonal causes etc. Fibroid is also a cause for excess menses. Sonography of pelvis will help the physician to determine any abnormality in uterus, and ovaries. Certain blood tests may help to know if there is a hormonal and endocrine problem. Accordingly the treatment can be planned. Consult Your gynecologist.

      November 12, 2012
  13. Ana said:

    I am 20 years old and I have had irregular period problem from the time I got my periods for first time. The last I had my periods was 3 months back and I have always had a light spotting. However I got my period on 8th of march and it is continuously bleeding for almost 25 days also I observed that my spotting is quite heavy that I have had to change 2 pads per day which are almost soaking wet.

    I would like to know if I need to see my doctor or can this be treated at home?

    April 2, 2013
    • PUP said:

      Many times during teens and early 20’s body gets adjusted to hormonal changes. Often there is menstrual irregularity during this time. Sometime there may be heavy bleeding or at times the periods may get delayed. Eat banana flower. Boil it in water for few minutes and mix it with curd or butter milk. Banana flower contain natural progesterone which helps to reduce the flow.

      April 3, 2013
  14. Grace said:

    I am having menstrual period for more than two weeks. My age is 19 and this is for the third cycle I am having the same problem. This time I am also having mild fever. Is there any home remedy to reduce and stop the flow?

    July 17, 2018
    • PUP said:

      Heavy and constant menses for long duration in medical parlance is called menorrhgia. Hormonal imbalance is the major reason. Other reasons can be stress, thyroid disorder, fibroid, polyps, infection, endometriosis etc. Menorrhagia is controlled effectively with many home remedies such as:
      • Banana flower: Eat cooked banana flower with curd or buttermilk. Banana flower contains progesterone in its natural form. It will help to stop excessive menstrual bleeding.
      • Licorice: Take 2 grams of licorice powder with one glass of rice water 3 times in a day. This will help to stop excessive menstrual bleeding.
      • Jujube tea: Boil few jujube leaves with red dates in a glass of water. Strain and drink the liquid once it gets cool. It is effective in reducing heavy menstural flow.
      • Sacred figs: Drink juice extracted from fresh leaves of sacred figs. It helps to stop heavy blood flow during menses.
      If the problem persists during each cycle, you have to consult your doctor. He will recommend certain tests that will help to diagnose the cause. Fever may also result from any infection. Hence you have to consult your doctor.

      July 23, 2018

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