If you're between 35 and 50, your irregular period could be an early menopause symptom.
Your period may be much heavier and longer than before, or it could be shorter and lighter. The key is that it is irregular for you. You could also have erratic periods that come every three months, or even once a year!
You may want to read more about the relationship between periods and menopause.
There is nothing wrong with irregular menstruation as a part of perimenopause, but be sure to see your doctor to rule out any other possibilities for your irregular bleeding.
Your body is beginning the natural process which will one day lead to menopause - the time in your life when you no longer menstruate.
Right now, your hormones are shifting in ways that they had never before shifted! This hormonal change is causing your irregular bleeding.
With low levels of progesterone, we have irregular periods. This is the case for premenopausal women.
Progesterone balances the estrogen in our bodies. When we have low progesterone, our estrogen is left unbalanced, and the estrogen- created uterine lining does not break down and leave our bodies as it has each month in the past.
While they will typically shrink in size after menopause, many women either have them removed surgically or use non-surgical treatments such as herbs, diet, and progesterone cream.
Many women find treatment because their unpredictable menstruation schedules and heavy bleeding are too difficult to live with.
Increasing your progesterone level will help to regulate your periods and stop other symptoms that you may be experiencing (migraines, mood swings).
Welcome to the Club!
Eventually, your periods will get more and more infrequent until one day, you will have your last period. When you have gone one full year without menstruating, you can say that you have officially entered menopause.
Many women report that entering menopause is like entering into a richer phase of life. They feel more connected to themselves, and they worry less about what other people think.
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