Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up


All communities will be placed in read-only mode (you will be able to see and search for posts but not start or reply to discussions) as we conduct maintenance. We will make another announcement when posting is re-opened. Thank you for your continued support and patience, and if you have any further questions, please email

Yours in health,
WebMD Community Management

Includes Expert Content
Long, heavy period
An_250353 posted:
I am almost 52 years old. I've had a few irregular periods in the past year. At the close of 2012, I went for 70 days with no period. Then one started, and it's continued for over 4 weeks. It was quite heavy at first, then it subsided but never really stopped. This past week has been a very heavy flow. Is this abnormal?
Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
Der An_250353,
This type of pattern is quite common in perimenopause. What happens is our ovulatory function diminishes first; when we don't ovulate well, we don't make a lot of progesterone, which regulates the blood flow out of the uterus, and shedding of the lining. The two most common choices to get your bleeding under control would be some progesterone-most folks would recommend a progesterone made in the lab like Aygestin or Provera; another option would be a birth control pill (they have lots of progestin in them). Either approach is reasonable. Again, we often like to make sure that there isn't anything wrong in the lining of the uterus leading to this (like a polyp, or overgrowth of the lining of the uterus called hyperplasia), so gynecologists will often do a quick endometrial biopsy in the office, to test the tissue from the lining of the uterus.
So bottom line: don't be anxious; but do contact your gyn caregiver who can get things organized for you.
Good luck,
Mary Jane
Porschegirl replied to Mary Jane Minkin, MD's response:
Thank you very much for the clear and helpful advice. I forgot to mention that in the middle of all this, I also came down with a nasty flu bug and had 100-101 fever for 5 days. I'm sure this have may have affected things as well. As of this week, the flow has diminished greatly and I fell much more "normal" again. However, I will follow up with my dr. if things don't improve in the near future.
Thank you once again. You eased my anxiety greatly.

Featuring Experts

Mary Jane Minkin, MD, is a nationally recognized obstetrician gynecologist, with a special interest in menopause. Dr. Minkin is clinical professor of ...More

Helpful Tips

Menopause - Younger Ages
For those of you out there that are going/gone through menopause at an early age, Yes it happens. It's unusual but it happened to me. I ... More
Was this Helpful?
21 of 32 found this helpful

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more information, visit the North American Menopause Society website