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    Constant light bleeding - HELP
    gailbarnhart posted:
    I have no doubt I am in perimenopause all the symptoms are there hot/cold flashes, night sweats, lack of concentration, depression, mood swings, dryness, decreased sex drive....BUT now I am experiencing a new symptom and want to know if anyone else has had or is having this same problem. For a while now, I have had light spotting after sexual intercourse with my husband and light pink blood/discharge after urinating. It's not in my urine only on the toilet paper. Everytime I go to the bathroom and I wipe the toilet paper is pink. It's like having my period always. I'm 47 and wonder if this is a sign that I might be at the end of the period cycle. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks, Gail
    Ginger65787 responded:
    I have the same problem. I had my period about a week ago and have had the same pink in tissue when wiping, not in the urine, and sometimes even need to wear a pantiliner or pad. Please let me know if you have received any info to tell us that this is perimenopause symtom and what we should do about it if anything.

    Thanks, Debbie
    undermilkyway2nite responded:
    I too have experienced these symptoms. I am 49 years old and have had all the "goodies" that are associated with perimenopause but most recently increased sex drive. As a result of having sex more frequently than usual, I too have had constant bleeding, light pink blood/discharge after urinating. It's not in my urine only on the toilet paper. Every time I go to the bathroom and I wipe the toilet paper is pink.

    So far, in this string of comments, I've not seen any "professional" opinion as to whether this is normal or not.

    Any medical person who can answer as to whether this is "normal" symptom of perimenopause would certainly help me and others to feel more at ease about this.

    diverwoman responded:
    I had that once and it was a urinary tract infection. I should have tried a tampon first and seen where the blood was coming from. An antibiotic, for a week cured me. I couldn't see any blood in my urine either, just on the toilet paper and on a light days pad, every day. You could have a urine test, just to be sure. I hope you check it out. Rose
    gailbarnhart responded:
    Well ladies I believe it was the beginning of the end for me. It was not a urinary tract infection. the bleeding lasted about a week longer and stopped. I have not had my period in 4 months.
    Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Dear Gail,

    Thanks for the update! How are you feeling now? Any other symptoms or is it smooth sailing so far?

    Yours in health,

    ItalianMama58 responded:
    Hey Gail...

    Haven't been on here in a while, but your post caught my attention...right after I turned 49, I started experiencing the light spotting/bleeding just as you described...after 4 weeks of it and thinking I was dying, I decided to seek out a female doctor. She was about my same age and assured me this was "normal" I immediately took the hormone test (using saliva) and my progesterone levels were pretty much non-existant. She had me take two rounds of Prometrium and my problem went away...well, for two it's started up again and I'm thinking about going back to her. She had told me that this could go on for awhile...we can have the spotting...then a somewhat normal period...sometimes skipping 2 months...and then back again. No matter how much I know or read though, it still scares me to death...then I'm nervous, stressed out and emotional...just wanting it all to end...I've also had a low thyroid for some time now...I'm told this can cause the light bleeding as I've started back on my thyroid meds again.

    If this bleeding is as bothersome to you as it is to me, I would suggest finding a good female ob/gyn or nurse practitioner...they are a lot more sympathetic than the men...and if you haven't done so yet, check your hormone levels. I remember being so surprised that out of balance hormones can cause so much damage!

    Hope this helps!

    Grolet responded:
    I was so happy to see this post. I don't have anyone to talk to about Menopause. I've been having light bleeding and cramping for 14 days now and counting and was really worried. I emailed my Dr and told her my symptoms and she said make an appointment and we'll talk. No worries she says. But still I felt very stressed and nervous about it until I found this message board and then this post. I feel better about it now. I'm glad to get a chance to hear other's experiences with this. Thank you for putting this post up.
    wizkidmom responded:
    Omg im so relieved there are others that r going through the same thing as I I was worried it was cancer you know where our heads go I've been having these weird non bleeding pink discharge too every time I wipe and I constantly have to wear languages .sometimes it's real heavy sometimes not good to know there are others out there
    wizkidmom replied to wizkidmom's response:
    I meant wearing panty shields lol this darn things always correcting and putting the wrong thing I feel better
    An_254411 replied to undermilkyway2nite's response:
    I have this going on as well! I am 48 and have always had irregular periods and since last year I have only had "Pink on the toilet paper" periods that would last about 5 days and then go away. Well for the past 3 weeks, I have the same thing, Pink on the paper and no enough to even wear a pad, when I wipe it's pink, and then sometimes it's nothing at all for about 3 days and then it starts back up again. I am a worry wart about the "c" word and I made an appt to see a new gyn, since mine moved away a few months ago. I am going to see her the end of this month, but I have to say that reading all these posts about others having it too right down to the same complaints, does make me some what at ease. I have some depression, and I sometimes even feel like i am sitting on a heating pad! It's really weird! I dont plan to have any children at this age so I would love it if this just all would go away but I am told that it does take years LOL great! what fun!
    Mary Jane Minkin, MD replied to An_254411's response:
    Dear An_254411,
    I am very glad that you will be checking in with a gynecologist, just to make sure that things in the uterus are all OK. But I am glad you have been reassured that these types of symptoms are quite common in perimenopause. when you see your new health care provider, do ask her about the possibility of trying a low dose oral contraceptive, if you are indeed a good candidate (non smoker, basically in good health)-because those often do help regulate bleeding and control symptoms.
    Good luck,
    Mary Jane
    dincolo responded:
    Goodness, what a relief! I have so many things going on in my life right now, and the spotting just went to the bottom of my priority list! (I am 47.) So this morning I told my mom about my spotting every day for the past month or two, maybe a day or two with so very little you could hardly call it that, but still...some days would fill half a tampon...Anyway, my Mom says it may be cancer and now all morning I've been like "Wow! Should I really move this to the top of my list of concerns?? Today??" So I am greatly relieved that others my age are experiencing (or did 7 years ago when this was first posted) the same symptoms and so far no once has mentioned that they discovered they had ovarian cancer or whatever. Now I can at least wait a few more days while I get my water to my house up and running again! I do hope everyone checked out okay!
    suemca replied to dincolo's response:
    Hi Dincolo

    I hope you pick this up as you posted 2 weeks ago. I am having similar symptoms and worrying myself sick! I am 49 year's old next week.

    I had a 12 day period about three months back and my periods are also coming much quicker - they used to be every 28 days but then they went anywhere between 21 and 26 days.

    I am now on the longest period I've ever had. It started 15 days ago and still it goes on. It started normally and then when I thought it was done the spotting just keeps coming back. I think it's done and then wipe and there is blood again and I feel sick again!!. It's also different in that it is orange red like fresher blood when normally by period is darker blood.

    Please correspond and we can go through this together!!
    Mary Jane Minkin, MD replied to suemca's response:
    Dear Suemca (and Dincolo),
    Indeed these types of bleeding patterns are very common in perimenopause; keep reading on this website, and you'll see many examples of the kind of crazy bleeding women do in perimenopause, usually a manifestation of the fact that we ovulate more poorly at this time of life, and when we ovulate worse we make less progesterone, which is the "policeman" of the uterus, keeping things tidy. Oftentimes, health providers will provide progesterone or low dose birth control pills to regulate the bleeding. If a bleeding pattern is sufficiently strange, or the bleeding persists despite using appropriate hormonal intervention, health care providers will recommend an ultrasound of the lining of the uterus, or a biopsy of the lining of the uterus (done transvaginally) to rule out any abnormalities of the lining.
    So don't worry; do keep track of the bleeding pattern, and let your health care provider know what you've been doing.
    Good luck,
    Mary Jane

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