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  • Bleeding patterns in perimenopause

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    15 posts, 7 voices, 2612 views, started Nov 1, 2013

    Posted on Friday, November 1, 2013 by Cynthia Schmidt

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      I found some information from a journal article with Harvard Women’s Health Watch. Here are some things to watch for regarding heavier than normal bleeding in perimenopause.

      Very heavy monthly bleeding, especially with clots (for
      example, soaking through a sanitary product every hour
      for more than a day)

      Bleeding after sexual intercourse

      Spotting or bleeding between menstrual periods

      Several menstrual cycles that are shorter than 21 days

      Several periods that last three days longer than us

      The article also suggests that fibroids, endometrial polyps and thyroid problems can sometimes be linked to unusually heavy bleeding.

      So, for some women periods taper off until they cease and for some, heavier bleeding is their pattern in perimenopause. For the ones experiencing heavy bleeding, keep an eye on it and, if it seems too far out of the ordinary, best to make an appointment with the doctor.

      If anyone has any questions on anything at all in the health care realm, while I’m in nursing school I have access to a wealth of journal articles and scholarly research through the university library. These articles are often very costly to access so, let me get information for no cost through school while I’m able to.

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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 1, 2013
        • That’s three days longer than usual. I cut and paste from the article and the last part of the word was lost.estatic



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          Tuliplady wrote Nov 1, 2013
        • Thank you for posting this Cynthia.  I seem to be going thru several of the above mentioned things.  Hoping it begins to taper off one of these days.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 1, 2013
        • I hope so, too. If not, wouldn’t hurt to run it past the doctor on your next visit.



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          Mzd3 wrote Nov 2, 2013
        • Is having a fibroid dangerous? Should they be removed or left alone ?



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 2, 2013
        • I just looked up a study published in 2012 with 21,000 women worldwide. According to this research, fibroids are problematic while a woman is still having periods. They can cause heavy bleeding and some pain during the menstrual cycle. After menopause, when periods have ceased for at least 12 months, they often times resolve themselves.



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          Mzd3 wrote Nov 2, 2013
        • Thank you Cynthia, that’s good to know !



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          Vikki Hall wrote Nov 6, 2013
        • Thx Cynthia!

          A few of the above items do pertain to me. On my last visit to the gyno they only confirmed I have PCOS and offered a prescription. The way they offered the info was so off handedly I’m not sure if its serious or not. I did however decide to NOT take the script.

          I look forward to all the info you can share!!!



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          Flygirl007 wrote Nov 9, 2013
        • Cynthia, thanks, for sharing this information.

          I’m going through peri-menopause and I’m experiencing heavier bleeding during the first couple of days.  I also had two menstrual periods in one month recently.

          As of today, I haven’t had my menstrual period yet, which is more than 30 days after the last one started.  Go figure ...?!?!?  

          Since I no longer know when my menstrual period will begin, I purchased a big pack of panty-liner pads to protect myself against “accidental” bleeding, especially during times when I am away from home.  

          I hope I move through this transition fast because I don’t like living with this type of uncertainty.  I’m scheduled to visit my Ob/Gyn next month; I will discuss these issues further with her because I’m wondering if I will need to take hormone replacements?!?!?



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          Carla Aberle wrote Dec 13, 2013
        • I just read a book by Susanne Somers called the sexy years. It talks about bioidentical hormone replacement. I also hear that there are simple tests that can be done to check your hormone levels. I have also been considering these as I start to notice some little changes starting in myself.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 14, 2013
        • One of my professors in nursing school told me that she uses hormone creams - I think they are the bioidenticals. she also uses the saliva test to monitor her hormone levels. She uses Women’s International Pharmacy for testing and also for her hormones. She’s been a nurse for years - PhD - so I trust the information I get from her.



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          Tuliplady wrote Feb 2, 2014
        • Bumping this up.



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          Tuliplady wrote Mar 23, 2014
        • I recently went to see the OB/Gyn.  I figured maybe I should have the hormone levels checked on account of the terrible mood swings I’ve been having for a few months.  He didn’t do any blood tests, just put me on a low dose birth control pill and said to try that for three months and see if it levels things out.

          Anyone else back on the pill?



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Mar 23, 2014
        • I have a friend who is a nurse practitioner who puts just about everyone in perimenopause on a low dose birth control pill. She’s almost 60 and she still takes them too. She swears by it to even out the estrogen levels



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          Tuliplady wrote Mar 24, 2014
        • I’m really hoping it helps.  I didn’t really want to have to rely on “modern medicine” to help me thru a condition as old as time....  But..... when I work with 30 men, I just can’t go around having emotional meltdowns once or twice a month and go thru a week of wanting to strangle one or two of them every month.



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