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Extended menstruation


Posted by willie

I am 50 years old and have had my period for a whole month.  Is this normal?

 
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Actually, it CAN be normal.  Heavy and/or prolonged bleeding during perimenopause can be a normal variant.  I had my period every other week (and heavy flows) for a little over a year.  Because prolonged bleeding (called dysfunctional uterine bleeding) can be a symptom of more serious conditions, it is important to be checked out by a physician.  A pelvic ultrasound and/or endometrial biopsy can rule out pathology.  Even if no serious condition is found, you must be monitored for anemia.  Regular red blood cell and hemoglobin counts are recommended.  I simply increased my intake of red meat and took iron supplements and was never anemic.

Even in the absence of disease, if bleeding persists, your MD may recommend a “simple” D & C  (dilation and curettage) or even hysterectomy.  I’d get a second opinion or even a third.  Remember that NO surgical procedure is simple - each has risks, including that of general anesthesia.  A good rule of thumb is to always try the least interventional remedy first.

It took me three tries to find an enlightened gynecologist who felt that heavy bleeding was a normal variant.  After ultrasounds and an endometrial biopsy (performed in her office) returned as “normal with menopausal thickening of uterine lining), together we monitored me for anemia and eventually I began skipping periods as I continued on my menopause transition.  

Hope this helps - let me know if you have further questions. For more info - check out our blogsite at www.menopausegoddessblog.org.  Good luck.  Lynette Sheppard RN
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