Indeed it can, Laurie. Some women begin to skip periods during perimenopause; others of us have our periods multiple times a month or for a couple months straight. The most important issue is is bleeding is so profuse as to cause anemia, although eating foods rich in iron and/or taking iron supplementation can surely help. To be sure if you are entering menopause, you might want to have your hormones tested. Of course, it is good to rule out other causes of the bleeding as well, so see your MD. Chances are, however, given your age that you are entering menopause transition. For more info on heavy bleeding, here is one of my blog posts addressing this in more detail.
"Heavy or Prolonged Bleeding in Menopause – Dangerous or Normal?” by LynetteSh
Recently on one of the health websites where I am privileged to be an "expert" on Menopause, www. wellsphere. com, a member raised a question about bleeding for over a month solid. Of peri- menopausal age, she was under- standably worried. Most of us think of menopause as a time of skipping or diminishing periods until they cease altogether. Because this question comes up frequently and because it was the case in my perimenopausal transition, I’m reprinting my answer to her for all concerned goddesses.
"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 journey.
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."
On a further note: I cannot tell you how many of my nurse-friends had D & C’s or hysterectomies after three weeks of bleeding. When they went to their OB-GYN’s, understandably a little freaked out, those were usually the only recommendations. While a surgical procedure may end up being the right choice for you, it is not necessarily the only or best one. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. You MUST be in charge of your own health care education and decisions. Still have questions? Click on the "Contact Us" button on the left of the Home page at
Menopause Goddess Blog or visit me at www.wellsphere.com in the Menopause Community. "
Good luck and keep us posted on what you find out.
I'm 50 and I at the 3rd month of skiping menstruations , I'm thinking I'm pregant, I had 5 kids already before, my history of pregnancy is that i never had complications except when had my twince boy with a cesarien because they were britched so what do you think, I found out too that the older you get the more people around you are just good to scare and stress you about your age and the pregnancy?
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