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am I going though the change?
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marajsky posted:
Since May '12 I've had my period every 43 to 69 days, I'm on day 67 right now. Before May I was getting it every 26 to 31 days. I'm 47 and have a history of uterine fibroids, but now I'm getting this discharge that is heavy (almost like a period, but without the blood) Is this part of going though "the change"?
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Jane Harrison Hohner, RN, RNP responded:
Dear marajsky: Just given your age you would be in the range for perimenopause (the transition into actual menopause which averages 4-5 years). One of the hallmarks of perimenopause is a lengthening out of one's cycle due to very infrequent ovulations.

In your specific case you mention what seems to be a super heavy "discharge" with as much volume as a menstrual period but without any overt blood. That is not a symptom of perimenopause per se. If one is having that much serous vaginal drainage it should be evaluated. Rarely, there can be a prolapsed fibroid creating drainage (but often a malodor is present as well).

Please see your GYN or clinic, especially when the flow is present. A pelvic exam and possible ultrasound might be done to evaluate your uterine lining and recheck the fibroids. Hopefully you are in normal perimenopause with some heavy discharge caused by the estrogen spikes typical for this time.

Yours,
Jane


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