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Prolonged spotting in the first period. Is it normal?

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My 12 year old step daughter's first period has lasted for 1 month. Its only light spotting now but it has been 1 month. She is extremely active sporty and fit and a slim and healthy build. She eats well. Is it normal? What would cause this. Should we take her to the doctors. Her mum asked her if she wants to go but she said no.
Posted Wed, 25 Apr 2012 in Women's Health
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 2 hours later
Thanks for posting your query.
A prolonged episode of menstrual bleeding during the menarche is common. This usually happens due to the hormonal changes that take place in the body.
Bleeding for one month continuously may make your daughter anemic.
Hormonal therapy is the main treatment to regularize the cycles. Blood investigations are also needed to rule out the anemia.
It is best to consult her gynecologist for proper investigations to rule out any complications in the long term.
Hope this answers your query. I will be glad to answer the follow up queries that you have.
Wishing you good health.
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