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? starting menopause?
An_254033 posted:
I have had a period monthly, but when first starting, it's like I am hemorrhaging! then tappers off... last anywhere from 2 to 5 days, but this last month I have been bleeding on and off, sometime lightly and some heavlily... is this normal for menopause, no pain, maybe some cramps , but breast very tender??? should I seek help? or just put up? I am 48 years old
georgiagail responded:
Why would you assume that bleeding lightly on and off is due to menopause? There could be other, serious medical reasons for abnormal vaginal bleeding. Seek medical assistance.

Anon_6061 responded:
Based on your age (48) this could very well be perimenopause. The cycles can get crazy in the years leading up to menopause - longer, shorter, heavier, lighter. Many women find birth control helpful to level things out if they get too troublesome. Loosing too much iron is the biggest concern if bleeding too much.

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