Menopause FAQs: Periods Pattern includes some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about changes in the normal pattern of periods.

Simply Stop or Not?

Do periods simply stop or not?

In Menopause FAQs: Menopause Symptoms – Q. I am bleeding more often and with heavier periods than I used to. I’m 45 years old. What’s wrong with me? the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) elaborate on:

Menopause FAQs: Periods Pattern

“A. Probably nothing. As a woman reaches perimenopause, changes in menstrual flow and frequency are common. A few women simply stop menstruating one day and never have another period. But about 90% of women experience 4 to 8 years of menstrual-cycle changes before their periods finally stop at menopause. Most women report irregular periods. These are caused by erratic production of hormones by the ovaries and less frequent ovulation”.

Periods Pattern

During perimenopause, what may be changes in the normal pattern of periods?

In Menopause: Symptoms – Changes To Your Periods the NHS explain:

“You may start having either unusually light or heavy periods.

The frequency of your periods may also be affected. You may have them every 2 or 3 weeks, or you may not have them for months at a time”.

Look for A Pattern

How may I look for a pattern with my periods?

Menopause FAQs: Periods PatternYou 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.

In Perimenopause – Fact Sheet: When Will Menopause Occur? the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health elaborate on:

“Keep a record of your menstrual cycle to see if your periods are irregular or have stopped for some time”.

Menstrual Calendar

Where may I find a menstrual calendar to keep a record of my periods?

In MenoNotes the NAMS include:

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What if I am concerned about any changes in the pattern of my periods?

In Menopause, Perimenopause, and Postmenopause: Living With – How Do I Know If Changes In My Periods Are Normal Perimenopausal Symptoms or Something To Be Concerned About? the (United States) Cleveland Clinic elaborate on:

“Irregular periods are common and normal during perimenopause (the menopause transition). But other conditions can cause abnormalities in menstrual bleeding. If any of the following situations apply to you, see a doctor to rule out other causes.

  • Your periods are changing to become very heavy, or accompanied by blood clots
  • Your periods last several days longer than usual
  • You spot or bleed after your period
  • You experience spotting after sex
  • Your periods occur closer together”.

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Where may I find more Menopause FAQs?

Menopause FAQs: Periods PatternIn Menopause FAQs: Expert Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Menopause you may find more Menopause FAQs. The NAMS explain:

“Navigate through the different topics to find answers from the experts on frequently asked questions about menopause, early menopause, menopause symptoms, hot flashes, hormone therapy, health after menopause, finding a menopause specialist, and more”.

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Last Updated: 10 April 2021 – Last Revised: 25 February 2019
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