I am a 52 y/o white female. I had gone 6 months without a period a year and a half ago. I had monthly periods prior to that but the blood was brown and only lasted a day or two. Cramps were bad and would start a week before. When I left my husband for 6 months, my periods stopped. Six months later I came back and so did my periods. The blood was still brown. About 7 months ago I left my husband and divorced. Periods stopped again. Yesterday I got a full blown period like I use to in my teens. I have significant cramping pain, stabbing pain off and on in both ovaries, and moderate to heavy bright red bleeding. Is this unusual?
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Physical and emotional stressors can definitely alter the menstrual cycle. And the menopause transition (perimenopause) alone can cause missed periods. I know some women who've gone almost a full year without a period only to start back up. The cramping is probably from all the built up blood that is now being expelled.
Dear Julia60, Indeed as Anon_6061 pointed out, stressors can certainly influence menstrual cycles. Having a period usually does indicate that there is estrogen around; we cannot be sure about progesterone (sometimes we sort of get "overflow" bleeding, which can occur in the absence of progesterone.) Hope your life becomes less stressful. Good luck, Mary Jane
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