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Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...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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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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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

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I'm 37, having dizzy , hot spells occasionally, and my period comes a few days off every month recently. Am i starting perimenopause early?

I'm 37, having dizzy , hot spells occasionally, and my period comes a few days off every month recently. Am i starting perimenopause early?

See your doctor: 37 is way early to be peri-menopause, and there are other causes for your symptoms. Other hormones could be involved. Since this is recurrent, you should discuss these concerns with your doctor and have an exam. Good luck. ...Read more

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42 yo woman. Missed my period for 2 months, breast a lil sore, nausea, sex drive very very high. Pregnancy or Perimenopause? No pregnancy test done.

42 yo woman. Missed my period for 2 months, breast a lil sore, nausea, sex drive very very high. Pregnancy or Perimenopause? No pregnancy test done.

Best to do the early: pregnancy test you've been putting off. Along with increased risk of having a fetus or child Down Syndrome, other Trisomies & Autism with advanced maternal age, Metoprolol is a Class C drug in pregnancy. That means adverse effects on a fetus can't be ruled out. The fetal brain & other organs form during the 3rd-8th week after conception. You need to see your OB/GYN whether the EPT is + or -. ...Read more

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I have had my period for eleven days now. I have had hot flashes occassionally Im 47 is this premenapause?

I have had my period for eleven days now. I have had hot flashes occassionally Im 47 is this premenapause?

Maybe: Menstrual irregularity at 47 is not surprising. Hot flashes can be a sign of menopause. Track your cycles over the next few months to see. If the bleeding continues see an obgyn for evaluation ...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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Age 45 . I have a clear ,unscented discharge as my period ended and it continues.Can this be perimenopausal. I do have slight cramps.

Age 45 . I have a clear ,unscented discharge as my period ended and it continues.Can this be perimenopausal. I do have slight cramps.

Many causes: Vaginal discharge requires an examination to determine the cause and treatment. Bacterial vaginosis is the most common cause and often has a vaginal odor. Vaginal itching can be a sign of a yeast infection. Sometimes vaginal discharge can be a sign of a sexual transmitted infection. Discharge is not typical a symptom one associates with perimenopause. ...Read more

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My period cramps are getting worse with time to the point of stopping me in my tracks so i can't walk at times. Should i see doctor. I'm perimenapause?

My period cramps are getting worse with time to the point of stopping me in my tracks so i can't walk at times. Should i see doctor. I'm perimenapause?

Yes, see th gyno: Actually, as you get closer to menopause the periods should get lighter. I am concerned that the pain may be due to something else, maybe fibroids or even endometriosis. I would definitely recommend a good pelvic exam and likely an ultrasound to assess.
Good luck! ...Read more

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I think I am in perimenopause.had a period in june skipped july had 2 in aug skipped sept started this month for 3 weeks now.should i go on to dr?

I think I am in perimenopause.had a period in june skipped july had 2 in aug skipped sept started this month for 3 weeks now.should i go on to dr?

Although irregular: periods can be associated with menopause there are also many other more serious conditions that can also present this way. It would be very important to see a health care professional for an evaluation. You would not want to miss a more serious condition. Make an appointment today. ...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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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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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?

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 52 and believe I am in perimenopause. I have had a period for 11 days and this morning had very heaving clot like bleeding. Is this normal?

I am 52 and believe I am in perimenopause. I have had a period for 11 days and this morning had very heaving clot like bleeding. Is this normal?

It is common: Since ovulation becomes less frequent,it is not uncommon to have irregular bleeding at times.if this continues though,you may want to see your gynecologist to get some meds to control the bleeding ,so you don't become anemic ...Read more

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Im currently on CD62. Usually my cycle is 60. I experienced small spotting last night, but no period as per normal. Im very worried. Perimenopause?

Im currently on CD62. Usually my cycle is 60. I experienced small spotting last night, but no period as per normal. Im very worried. Perimenopause?

Unlikely: Your cycles are abnormally long at 60 days and I think someone should look into that but you are very young for this to be perimenopause at 28. The perimenopause is usually the 5 years before and the 5 years after your last period (when you run out of eggs). Menopause before age 40 is considered premature and is abnormal. Check a pregnancy test and see a doctor to help explain the long cycles. ...Read more

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Cramping last day of really strange period (began 10 days after last one). Highly doubtful i'm pregnant. Possible perimenopause or...? I'm 43.

Cramping last day of really strange period (began 10 days after last one).  Highly doubtful i'm pregnant.  Possible perimenopause or...? I'm 43.

More info: It's possible but unlikely you're in the perimenopause. Unless early menopause runs in your family, it's likely hormonal or due to lesion in uterus. Average age menopause is 51, so 43 quite early. You may want to see gyn md for consultation. Check thyroid, ultrasound and consider biopsy of uterus. It's unlikely, but at 43 if you have more than 1 period a month biopsy may be necessary. ...Read more

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I am 46 yr old in perimenopause stage. I have mid period spotting at times. At times there is thin watery odorless discharge. No pain No itching?

I am 46 yr old in perimenopause stage. I have mid period spotting at times. At times there is thin watery odorless discharge. No pain No itching?

Probably normal: It's probably normal. I don't see any red flags with your problem. Continue to monitor things and write back if symptoms don't resolve ...Read more

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Therap. told bipolar. Also Perimenopause. Having bipolar rage probs at every period now. How to stop rage w/ meds? or procedure like hysterectomy?

Therap. told bipolar. Also Perimenopause. Having bipolar rage probs at every period now.  How to stop rage w/ meds? or procedure like hysterectomy?

Ask GYN this: Bipolar Disorder is more typically diagnosed in a person's mid-twenties. By your question, it was unclear if this diagnosis is new to you. Labile emotions are symptoms of this disorder, but also be symptoms of perimenopause. A woman can certainly have both at the same time. Hysterectomy is an option to explore with your Gynocologist; exploring meds and therapy also appropriate, and faster. ...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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Menstrual Period (Definition)

Menstrual period is a medical term for the monthly bleeding ...Read more