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Menstruation and menopause

by Sheryl
(Toronto Canada)

Hello fellow menopausal candidates,

I am browsing some websites for information about this important period in women's lives and I am disapointed to say that, since the first sign for me was my unpredictable periods,I thought I could get some more information here. However, through all the links from this home page, nowhere is heavy, prolonged and unpredictable menstruation mentioned. I just found that rather strange since it is a symptom. It was very scary for me when I started to bleed rather heavily at age 46 and when I noticed the clots I went to the emergency department where I was examined and at the follow up with my gynecologist she disclosed that I am in perimenopausal stage. This would be good information for women who are not aware and they may become as scared as I was at that time. Afterwards I became aware that this was normal for some women during this time of their lives.

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Jul 11, 2012
Heavy Flow Perimenopause
by: Anonymous

I was also surprised by changing menstrual flow even though I had read about it described as "flooding". My periods went from a routine 5-7 days to 3-5 days and became very heavy. During the heavy flow I would have to wear a pad and a tampon and change frequently - and even get up in the night. The heavy flow would only last a day or two thankfully. I checked with my doctor and found that it was within the range of normal pre-menopause/menopause. But, this could be very scary for someone who was unaware that the blood flow could be this extreme.

Jul 17, 2011
Menopause heavy bleeding
by: Candice

Hi Sheryl,

Thank you for your comments. I really appreciate getting this kind of feedback, and it is important for all of us to share our personal experience, in case someone out there is wondering if what is happening to them is normal.

I depended on this kind of information when my doctor became concerned that I might have cancer. I remember reading the comments of women who had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and I was able to determine that my symptoms were not the same as those women.

Heavy bleeding and other irregularities of the menstrual cycle are common during peri menopause. I did mention it on my symptoms page, but I have now devoted a full page to it. (see menopause heavy bleeding) I am building new pages every month, so please check back to see what's new!

Also, there are many pages not listed on the left column, (I have over 90 pages so they won't all fit) so please use the search function at the top of each page to find what you are looking for.

And keep the feedback coming!

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