Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Maybell1 posted:
    I am 49 years old. The last year I have experienced slightly irregular periods. Nothing major...just missing a period one month but having 2 closer together the next time. The heaviness of my flow has not changed at all. It is still like it always has been, I am just less confident of when it is coming. For the last week, I have experience cramps and lower back pain which feels like I am going to get my period at any given moment. My period has not come, and the cramps and back pain is probably more intense than I have ever experienced when I menostrated normally. I have always been regular, and have always had normal pap tests. Is this normal symptoms for pre-menopause or menopause women. Or should I see my doctor and have a vaginal wand type ultrasound done. I have lost several young friends to Ovarian Cancer. Usually because they shrugged the symptoms off or just chalked them up to "normal female" issues. Should I be concerned?
    Anon_6061 responded:
    Changes in the menstrual cycle are the norm during the transition to menopause. Periods tend to become less predictable (sometimes coming more frequently, sometimes less) and flow can change too. So don't worry - you're normal LOL!
    An_255055 responded:
    Is it normal to miss 4 periods,have nite sweats and hot flashes and now have my period again
    Anon_6061 replied to An_255055's response:
    If you are of peri-menopausal age - YES! And beware - after missing a period or periods, you may have heavier and/or longer than normal flow.

    Featuring Experts

    Mary Jane Minkin, MD, is a nationally recognized obstetrician gynecologist, with a special interest in menopause. Dr. Minkin is clinical professor of ...More

    Helpful Tips

    Fact or fiction? Estrogen therapy is an option for all menopausal womenExpert
    Fiction: Only women who no longer have a uterus should consider using esdtrogen-alone therapy (ET). For women with a uterus, the option ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    33 of 47 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

    For more information, visit the North American Menopause Society website