A person may experience abnormal bleeding due to several reasons, including hormonal imbalance, certain medications, infections, polyps, intrauterine device and cancer. The menstrual cycle is usually a period of 28 days with 4 days of bleeding. A normal cycle can last between 21 to 35 days with 2 to 7 days of bleeding, as stated by Healthline.
If a woman is experiencing her menstrual cycle for more than 2 weeks, she should seek immediate medical attention. A pregnant woman who is experiencing vaginal bleeding also needs to contact a doctor. At times, abnormal bleeding may be accompanied by other symptoms, such as pain, fever, dizziness and fatigue. In some cases, the bleeding may stop on its own. However, it is not advisable to overlook the condition as it could be life threatening, especially if it is caused by cancer or a serious infection.
A person may not be able to prevent this condition but certain measures can help. Leading a normal weight and healthy lifestyle can help to reduce its severity, as stated by Healthline. Medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, can be used to help in relieving pain. It is advisable not to use aspirin as it may trigger bleeding.