Weird Periods

Transitioning from Perimenopause to Menopause

The only thing certain during your perimenopause is that your period is on its way to eternal hunting grounds. In other words, when it starts to act weird, prepare to say goodbye forever to your period. Below, you can see some of the signs that it may be time to do so.


1. Spotting between periods

As your body’s hormones change, your tissue lining the uterus on the inside builds up. This will cause some blood to appear in your underwear without the need to use a pad or tampon. This is called spotting.
For many women, spotting is normal before the start or after the end of the period. It can also appear mid-cycle. If, however, it happens regularly every two weeks, this may signal hormonal imbalance, about which you have to speak to your doctor. But to provide him or her with accurate information, you should keep track of spotting


2. Abnormally heavy bleeding

Bleeding is considered heavy when:


  • It soaks through one tampon or pad an hour, for several hours

  • It requires double protection - for example - a pad and a tampon

  • You wake up at night because you have to change your protective pad or tampon

  • It continues for more than 7 days

What to do:
Medication for menstrual cramps may help, but if it fails, and cramps and pain continue, hormonal approaches to treatment might be called for. This is, of course, something that your doctor will determine.


3. Brown or dark blood

This color is a sign of old blood that exits in the body. It can also be seen at other times throughout the month when you are in perimenopause. It usually means it takes longer for the blood to exit the body. However, it may also be a signal of an infection. So, you have to see your doctor.


4. Shorter cycles

You may have a period that is 2 or 3 days shorter than usual. Your whole cycle may also last two or three weeks rather than the standard four.

What to do:
Forget about tampons and menstrual cups before you have a flow. Insertion can be difficult or uncomfortable. Chances are also greater that you forget to change your tampon or cup, and this will increase your risk for complications.


5. Longer cycles

In the late perimenopause, your cycles may become much longer and happen less frequently. Longer cycles are those longer than 36 days.


What to do:
If you have longer cycles, it may be time to invest in a good menstrual cup or use pads or tampons to help you avoid leakage.

6. Missed cycles

Your fluctuating hormones may also be to blame for a missed cycle. After you have missed 12 consecutive cycles, it is already menopause.

The end of periods is an inevitable fact of your life as a woman. Have you experienced any of these already? And how do you feel about it?

Source: My Luna Editor.

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