By Kelly Gonsavles, April 30, 2019
The other way your hormones could be behind your extended period? Thyroid issues or thyroid disease, says double board-certified ob-gyn and perinatal consultant Dr. Kecia Gaither. The thyroid is a gland in your neck that produces hormones that control your metabolism and influence your menstrual flow. One in eight women deals with thyroid problems in her lifetime, and those with hypothyroidism (a condition where your thyroid isn’t producing enough of its hormones) can have irregular periods—whether that means they’re totally absent or abnormally long.
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