I am 38, never had children, and my periods have almost always been regular until recently. My normal cycles were 30 days apart and lasting for 5 days, the last 2 days of which would be brownish discharge (like old blood). I would refer to that as the body "cleaning itself out." The last two months, I have had irregular periods. They've been coming about every two weeks, and are heavier and shorter than usual (about 3 days now). This last period was about 3 weeks ago (mid August), and was again short and heavy. For the last week I've been having brown mucus-type discharge mixed with clear liquid. It is sometimes light and sometimes significant. Its elasticity is similar to that of the clear discharge that occurs around ovulation. I have not experienced pain or cramping, but I am curious if I need to be concerned. Is this perhaps signs of premature menopause, or pregnancy, or what??? I began my periods at age 12, if that makes a difference.... Thank you.
Dear An_253496, There are many things that can give women irregular bleeding. Certainly this could be a very early sign of perimenopause, but many other causes would be more likely. So I'd consult your health care provider-an exam, and perhaps an ultrasound, might be helpful. Good luck, Mary Jane
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