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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 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?
Normal: Nope, sounds like things are right on schedule. ...Read more
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.
I am 41 and for the past few years my periods have only lasted for a few days. Is this normal at my age? Is this the beginnings of perimenopause?
Maybe: This could be just normal variation. You should talk with your doc and have some labs drawn. ...Read more
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
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
It could be: If they continue to lighten, there are blood tests for confirmation. ...Read more
Yes, but...: Check with your gyn doc to make sure nothing else, like fibriods, polyps, tumors occuring. ...Read more
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am going through the perimenopause and have had spotting for 17 days since the end of my last period. Is this normal? How long can spotting last?
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