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I'm 49 yrs old & perimenopausal. My periods are very unpredictable. Mostly, they're extremely heavy & hard to manage. Or they last all month! Advice?

I'm 49 yrs old & perimenopausal. My periods are very unpredictable. Mostly, they're extremely heavy & hard to manage. Or they last all month! Advice?

See GYN: This is pretty common for the perimenopausal woman - irregularity is the norm! But an exam needs to be done to be sure the uterus and ovaries are normal. Also the GYN can suggest medications to alleviate the symptoms. ...Read more

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Perimenopause (Definition)

Year period of time when estrogen secretion begins to decline, periods become irregular, symptoms such as hot flashes may begin, along with mood swings and other changes. Talk ...Read more


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I am 38 and i think perimenopausal. My periods were getting further apart. Now my period started after a 2 week break. Should i be concerned?

I am 38 and i think perimenopausal. My periods were getting further apart. Now my period started after a 2 week break. Should i be concerned?

Yes and No: 38 is too young for normal menopause. Possibilities include, but not limited to, a growing fibroid, polycystic ovarian syndrome, ovarian cyst, pituitary/adrenal hormone imbalance and premature ovarian failure.Only a full hormone analysis will answer your question. ...Read more

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I have very regular periods forever and this one is late so could I be in perimenopause?

I have very regular periods forever and this one is late so could I be in perimenopause?

Yes: Depending on how old you are, perimenopause is a possibility. Normal menopause can occur anywhere from 45-55; perimenopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes and irregular periods, can start up to 5 years before that. ...Read more

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Periods on time (28 days), but very light periods 2mths in a row. Pinkish but mostly brown. I'm 34yo. Scared that it's perimenopause.

Periods on time (28 days), but very light periods 2mths in a row. Pinkish but mostly brown. I'm 34yo. Scared that it's perimenopause.

Menses: The character of menses changes over time. The character of the flow does not matter as much as whether or not you are having any symptoms that could be attributed to menopause. Hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness are more a harbinger of menopause than lighter flow. ...Read more

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Can my periods become irregular due to perimenopause even if i am on the bc patch? I am 43 years old & just had period a week early & lasted 12 days

Can my periods become irregular due to perimenopause even if i am on the bc patch?  I am 43 years old &  just had period a week early & lasted 12 days

Yes: If your body is changing with natural aging, and your hormones are fluctuating, and at times you may not be ovulating, then your period can certainly be affected despite the patch you are on. ...Read more

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Perimenopause cause shorter periods. True?

Possibly: Sometimes, it can also be longer ones as well. Most importantly the periods should spread out. If not, consult your doctor. ...Read more

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My periods lately are much lighter than i usually experience. Could this be perimenopause?

It could be: If they continue to lighten, there are blood tests for confirmation. ...Read more

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