During perimenopause you may notice a change in the normal pattern of your periods. Keeping a record of your periods may reveal what’s-what-when.

In Menopause: Symptoms – Changes To Your Periods the NHS Choices (National Health Service England) note:

“The first sign of the menopause is usually a change in the normal pattern of your periods”.

You may have always kept a record of your periods so you knew when to expect them and perhaps when to tweak your lifestyle with less sugar, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes and stress; and more exercise and sleep.

It may be in your best interest to choose to continue keeping a record of your periods or begin doing this. Meno Martha, Perimenopause and Periods Pattern

You may choose to use an App or in MenoNotes the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) include:

In Menopause: Symptoms & Causes – Symptoms the (United States) Mayo Clinic note:

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“Skipping periods during perimenopause is common and expected. Often, menstrual periods will skip a month and return, or skip several months and then start monthly cycles again for a few months. Periods also tend to happen on shorter cycles, so they are closer together. Despite irregular periods, pregnancy is possible. If you’ve skipped a period but aren’t sure you’ve started the menopausal transition, consider a pregnancy test”.

In Menstrual Calendar the NAMS explain:

“During the transition to menopause (called perimenopause), it is normal to skip periods, but very frequent or heavy bleeding episodes often requires an evaluation by your healthcare provider. Any bleeding after menopause requires an evaluation by your healthcare provider”.

In About the Menstrual Cycle: When To See Your Doctor the JH also note:

“When To See Your Doctor There are many reasons you may need to see your doctor about your periods including:

  • Changes in the pattern of your period
  • Increasingly heavy periods
  • Long periods of more than 8 days
  • Periods that come fewer than 3 weeks apart
  • Periods coming more than 2-3 months apart
  • Painful periods that cause you to stay home
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Bleeding after intercourse
Your menstrual cycle is a normal process for your body. Each woman experiences her menstrual cycle differently, most without any difficulties. If there is any change in your cycle that worries you, see your doctor”.

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