I am 51 years old. I still regularly get my period. For the last 2 months I have started lightly spotting brownish blood on my toilet paper for about 5 or 6 days and then usually end up getting my period. During the spotting time I find that some of those nights I have bad night sweats. Is this the start of menopause or something more serious? I have some discomfort like back pain and mild cramping during this time as well. I am getting myself nervous.
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Based on your age, hormonal changes are the likely culprit. The menstrual cycle can change in a number of ways during peri-menopause and there's no way to predict what any given month will bring whether it be a shorter or longer cycle, heavier bleeding, lighter bleeding, spotting, a missed period, anything goes. - shorter or longer cycles, sporadic bleeding/spotting, and missed periods. Changes in cramping and back pain seem pretty common too. Hopefully, your transition to menopause won't be too troublesome!
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