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Well my personal opinion is that 2 weeks is not really a normal period. I am actually having some issues with that same problem. It depends how old this person is, and have they always had periods of that duration. I am 34 I was always like clock work. My periods lasted about 5 to 7 days. After my second child now 3 I went on BC pills. Everything was fine for about 2 years. Then aall of a sudden without missing a pill I would begin my period anywhere from 14 to 10 days before I was suppose to. I took myself off the pills and let my body take over. It was still occurring only lighter, about ovulation time I would have spotting and such, it would clear up then I would have a period. After nine months of that I went to the Drs. and back on the pill. Strange my period between periods was heavier. Well after all that she ran blood work, check my thyriod and other things, all fine. Then I had a US to check for growths and fybriods. Unfortunatley as happy as I am everything is ok, there is still no reason for my crazy cycle. I advise your friend just to get checked as well. Like I said I don't know her age. Where I am still young at 34 I think I am going perimenopausal. My mother started as well at 35, I have many other symptoms of this as well. Ance that I never had, terrible mood swings, extreme fatigue, irratability, forgetfulness, I don't sleep well and I can never concentrate anymore. My next appointment I am going to have her check my hormones. I cannot bare the way I feel anymore. So talk with your friend and ask her some questions like has she had thyriod checked, checked for fybriods or endo.
I think average is 5-7 days. I agree that 2 weeks sounds like a bit much. But it depends on what she is calling the start of her period. I spot for a couple days before my actual period starts. Then only have 3-4 days of a period. Then spot for another day. So she may be spotting and even though not as heavy still annoying. I vote for getting checked out. I had wacky periods after my first m/c and turned out I had a polyp on my uterus. So it was a good thing I got checked. Sometimes there is no reason. Sometimes there is.
3-7 days is considered normal, and 2 weeks is too long. If it's just a one time thing, no need to worry. But if your friend has no contributing factors (such as an IUD or on a hormonal contraceptive), she should see her doctor if this is happening consistently.
A few years ago, I would've said that it's not normal. But now I think it really depends on what you consider an actual period. Are we talking massive bleeding that lasts a full two weeks? That would not be normal IMO.
But my period has been getting longer and more annoying the older I get. Take my last one for instance: Brown spotting that's usually only on the toilet paper began on Sept. 1st (CD 28). Continued (getting slightly heavier) until Sept. 6th. When I finally started what I consider my normal period. Heavy for a few days. Then tapering off again with the spotting that lasted until yesterday. That's 12 days!
I'm getting more spotting at the beginning and end than I used to. If that's what's happening when someone says they're having two week long periods, then I don't think that's necessarily abnormal. It could be hormone fluctuations, age, etc.