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What Should I Do About My Period Lasting Two Months?

06 March, 2022
Q As-salamu `alaykum. I married a year ago. I was with my in-laws for 6 months then I came to my husband’s place 4-5 months before. Alhamdulillah, everything is going on well. But from 2 months my periods are not stopping at all. I have gone through medical checkups but the reports didn't come yet. While taking my X-ray the doctor told me that I have PCO. He even gave me tablets for stopping this. But that didn’t work. Again everything started as it was before, for 2 months we didn't have sex. And are eagerly waiting to stop this but couldn't. Even I got to know that PCO is a big problem. With this I can't have a baby easily. I am so worried about this because people who got married with 2-3 months difference gap are pregnant and going to deliver soon. I have a little pressure from family. And even I want to be mom as soon as possible. But because of this long period I can't intimate with my husband. Is it OK if I do intimate with him? Even I can't concentrate on my prayers because I have a doubt whether or not to offer prayers. How can I deal with this? Please, help.


Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

In this fatwa:

As for your query, it seems that what you are experiencing is istihadah not menses. So, you can observe your normal period during which you should stop praying and sexual intercourse. After that, you can do all this.

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In responding to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

Istihadah  not Menses

Your persistent bleeding has nothing to do with menstruation; it is the case of what is known as istihadah or chronic bleeding.

You only need to stay away from prayers and conjugal relations (i.e. intercourse) during your monthly period or menses. To determine this, you should go by your habit prior to this chronic bleeding started.

In other words, if you had the habit of menstruating for six or seven days every month, that would be deemed as your period. You ought to perform ritual bathing (ghusl) and start praying afterwards. You can also have intercourse afterwards.

If, however, the above was not the case with you, and you always had this persistent bleeding from early on then, you need to go by the maximum period of menses, which is fifteen days. Menses cannot exceed more than fifteen days, as ruled by eminent scholars.

Therefore, you ought to perform ghusl on the sixteenth day and resume prayers, etc., afterwards.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.