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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)

Period of time when your estrogen levels start to decline, your periods become irregular, symptoms such as hot flashes may begin, along with mood swings and other ...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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Why is my period so short. Age 37. Perimenopause?

Why is my period so short. Age 37. Perimenopause?

Time 2 get a checkup: There are a lot of reasons for short periods and it's worth getting it checked out. It could be reflective of thyroid disorders, non-hormonal gynecologic problems such as fibroids, and others. Your OB/GYN should be able to help you sort it out. Pro-tip: when you go, describe exactly how is it short - the number of days of the flow, or the number of days between periods? ...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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What can I do if my periods lately are much lighter than I usually experience. Is this perimenopause?

One possible reason: Perimenopause doesn't usually start until a woman is in her late 30s or 40s. However changes in your period can also be caused by other hormonal changes, such as thyroid problems, ovulatory problems, or others. By itself lighter periods are not a sign of health problems. ...Read more

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Why would I have strong banana cravings a week after I skip a period for the first time in what I assume is perimenopause?

Why would I have strong banana cravings a week after I skip a period for the first time in what I assume is perimenopause?

Good Question: I think if anyone can answer your question it should be nominated for some award. Why do we get the cravings we get? I honestly don't think there is a good scientific answer to that question. But, it is a good one. ...Read more

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Why is my period lasting over 2 weeks and what shouls I do? I am 47 and realize it could be perimenopause but I also have polyps

Why is my period lasting over 2 weeks and what shouls I do? I am 47 and realize it could be perimenopause but I also have polyps

See a GYN MD now: Polyps can cause prolonged bleeding and can become cancerous. See a gyn md for removal of the polyps and information about the peri-menopausal period. Two week bleeding is never normal. ...Read more

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Period usually 5-6 days. Last 3 cycles has been 8 days. 32 years old had 7 kids, also started menses at age 10. Is this possibly perimenopause?

Period usually 5-6 days. Last 3 cycles has been 8 days. 32 years old had 7 kids, also started menses at age 10. Is this possibly perimenopause?

Longer periods: Abnormalities of your menstrual cycle can be caused by a number factors. Metabolic causes such as thyroid disease, diabetes and menopause are easy to screen with a thorough history, physical exam, and blood work. Anatomic causes exist as well such as uterine polyps, uterine fibroids and endometrial hyperplasia. An endometrial biopsy along with a pelvic ultrasound are useful diagnostic tools. ...Read more

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Is it common to have flu like symptoms before period? Is it a sign of perimenopause?

You could have PMS: Sx's prior to menses. 35 years old would definitely be pretty young for perimenopause. Premenstrual syndrome (pms) symptoms can include pelvic/ abdominal cramping, nausea, bloating, weight gain, moodiness, irritability, pain ; swelling of breasts, feeling tired, insomnia, headaches, ^ acne, food cravings, ^ appetite, swelling of hands ; feet, dizziness, thinking less clearly, urinary sxs ;. ...Read more

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I am 44 years old. My period was 12 days late, but it's now bright red and thin test says not gregnant. Could this be perimenopause?

I am 44 years old. My period was 12 days late, but it's now bright red and thin test says not gregnant. Could this be perimenopause?

Perimenopause: Perimenopsuse is associated with high estrogen levels, low Progesterone levels and irregular periods. You may benefit from progest crea. Rub 1/4 teaspoon into your inner arms daily. ...Read more

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I'm having a sort of grinding feeling during my period in my left ovary. Is it related to perimenopause or a symptom of something else?

I'm having a sort of grinding feeling during my period in my left ovary. Is it related to perimenopause or a symptom of something else?

Grinding feeling: Definitely not a sign of menopause. Possibly it is a cramp from the tube on that side as periods are associated with cramping pain. If the feeling resolves on its own and no other symptoms present and the discomfort is not that bad, i'd just watch it. ...Read more