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    Nonstop bleeding
    mitinytoes posted:
    I have had my period for two and a half weeks. It started with spotting for four days then bleeding ever since. Luckily no cramps. I am in my late 40's and want to know is this normal. Is this the beginning of menopause? I have no sisters, my mom had a historectomy in her early 40's and no close friends to ask.
    Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
    Dear mitinytoes,
    Certainly perimenopause can begin with this type of symptom; it is related to the fact that we stop ovulating super well as we head towards menopause; our production of progesterone goes down, and we lose good regulation of our periods. I would check in with your gynecologist; there certainly can be other causes of persistent bleeding, and in the face of persistent bleeding, many docs would want to rule out the other causes before assuming it is perimenopausal. Relatively minor medical intervention (something like progesterone-type pills) can be very helpful to get this under control.
    Good luck,
    Mary Jane

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