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Sun, Oct 28, 01 at 10:27

I am 44 years old for the last couple of years I have had off and on again periods. Sometimes I don't get them for a couple of months then I get them and they are very heavy and don't know when to stop. I was checked for everything under the sun a year ago and found nothing wrong. The Dr.s chaucked it up to my weight. " I gained alot of weight after I quit smoking". I lost abit of weight and they seemed to stop. Has anyone else ever experianced this kind of bleeding?

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RE: trouble with periods

It's typical of peri-menopause. Without ovulation, progesterone is nt being produced, causing an imbalance in favor of estrogen. The natural progesterone cream from the health store is safe and corrects the imbalance.

RE: trouble with periods

I'm 45 and have been going thru that for about 6 years. This summer had a 5 month lapse with no period. Then there was a 6 1/2 week lapse between periods. Who knows when it'll happen again. A few years ago, when my period came, I'd have my regular period for 3 days, then it would stop a couple days, then I'd get a 2nd period for 3 days. Fortunately, that has stopped.

I'm more concerned because each year I go in for a Pap, I'm told it looks suspicious. They put me on a vaginal med, I go back for another Pap 4 months later and then it's fine. Following year it's the same routine. Two most recent blood tests show a low WBC, so I don't know what's going on.

RE: trouble with periods

Gwen, I experienced heavy, irregular periods for a year or more before a hysterectomy. I also had previously had about 3 years of abnormal pap smears, which was done every 6 months. I had fibroids and also endometriosis which resulted in a hysterectomy. The heavy bleeding in itself was at first thought to be the beginning of menopause, but combined with the other factors proved not to be. I doubt if this helps any, just wanted to let you know another persons' experience so you know you're not alone.

RE: trouble with periods

I will be 51 in 3 months and have been extremely regular (23 - 28 days)since I was 13 except for 5 pregnancies and a stretch of time after I had my tubes tied 18 years ago. Lately, though, my periods are so heavy with a lot of clotting and quite painful for several days. I used to have pain for only 1 or 2 days. Also, I have brown spotting in between my periods. Is this a sign that perhaps monopause is coming? I have a doctor's appointment at the end of January. Is there a test to take that will tell whether or not menopause is near?

RE: trouble with periods

Marion - it is a quick and easy blood test to tell if you are menopausal.

Gwen - My Dr. wouldn't check my blood until I missed my period for 6 mos. as I was too young to have menopause. I was in my late 30's. I suffered needlessly for years - not knowing what was wrong with me. I got irregular or very heavy periods. I had the mood swings, cried all the time, etc. I could have been treating these symptoms. Insist that they check you for menopause or find another dr.

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