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    Perimenopause, OR NOT?
    galpalgull posted:
    I am going to be 52 in 5 months. Everyone that I know my age is either done with menopause or is already going through it. They tell me I am perimenopausal. I do not have any symptoms, such as night sweats or mood swings. The only thing that is bothering me are my periods. They seem to come more frequently, sometimes twice within the same month. And they are so heavy now, always with large blood clots.And my cycle lasts for at LEAST a week, if not longer. Everyone kids me that I am always on my period! Sometimes I think I might 'bleed out', (exaggeration, of course); but it has gotton to the point where I am praying to start menopause, just so that i won't have a period anymore! I thought that when you are going to start menopause, your periods stop? So why am I the opposite? Has anyone else experienced what I am going through? Is this normal?

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    Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
    Dear Galpalgull,
    This kind of bleeding can happen during menopause because the ovaries stop ovulating on a regular basis, and stop making good amounts of progesterone. Of course, your health care provider may have already done something like an ultrasound of your uterus, or biopsy, just to make sure there isn't any problem in the lining of the uterus (like a polyp or fibroid sticking into the uterine cavity) which could also give you this kind of bleeding. A few options might help: of course, birth control pills if you are a good candidate for them; insertion of a Mirena IUD, or something like a uterine ablation procedure. All of these certainly could be helpful. Have you spoken to your gyn about these options?
    Good luck,
    Mary Jane
    galpalgull replied to Mary Jane Minkin, MD's response:
    Thank you, Mary Jane, for your reply.....I currently have no med insurance, therefore I do not have a gyn to see. So I'm just kind of wingin it! But I will read up on those options you mentioned...Thanks again...
    violetcreams replied to galpalgull's response:
    Just wondering how you are doing? I have a similar bleeding pattern to yours and I am almost 53. I have had periods ranging from 46 days between to only 14 and periods lasting from 5 days to 3 weeks but not heavy. Can't wait for the end as this is all new territory!

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