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    Perimenopause and irregular periods
    FunkyWoman posted:
    I am 48 yrs. old. I am in perimenopause stage for over a year now. My periods are irregular and unpredictable!! This month I have had my period for 26 days including today! Very light and spotty sometimes normal flow sometimes not, but consistant for 26 days! Is anyone experiencing periods like this? I need to know this is normal so I won't fret about it and know it's part of the whole change thing. Please someone let me know they are having these issues too. I will be relieved to find out I'm normal like everyone else! LOL If you can call this normal, that is!! LOL Thankyou!! Mrs. V
    Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
    Dear FunkyWoman,
    As a gynecologist, I can tell you that this kind of bleeding pattern is quite common in perimenopause; but it certainly isn't pleasant for you to have to deal with it. One thing I do recommend, though-and you may have checked in with your gyn already, is to rule out abnormalities in the uterus itself; although hormonal changes are the most likely explanation, you want to make sure nothing bad is going on in the lining of the uterus.
    One option that you may have already considered would be some hormonal manipulation-either using just progesterone type therapy, or low dose birth control pills-either could be helpful.
    Good luck-the bleeding should stop eventually!
    Mary Jane

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