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Early periods, prolonged menstrual cycle, stomach bloating, weight gain. Medical attention required?

Hi, I usually have a regular period every 28 days that last for 4-5 days. I am currently on my period but it came 5 days early and I m now into week two which is very unusual. I have a distended stomach , cramping and I have put on a bit of weight recently (but I put this down to Christmas excess). Is this something I should visit my doctor for?
Fri, 20 Sep 2013
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Hello thanks for writing to us.
Irregular periods are usually due hormonal imbalance. A period early by 5 days is not an issue this usually happens, but prolonged bleeding for 15 days a matter of concern. Prolonged periods along with abdominal distension and cramps needs examination by a Doctor. Yes you should visit a doctor who may examine you and may advice you some investigations like abdominal ultra sound to establish cause of your symptoms and may prescribe you treatment for this prolong bleeding.
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