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

How can most women tell if they are approaching menopause?

The International Menopause Society explain:

“Most women can tell if they are approaching menopause when their menstrual periods start changing”.

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. Menopause FAQs: Periods PatternsI’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”.

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

In Menopause: Symptoms – Changes To Your Periods the NHS (National Health Service, England) 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”.

How may I look for a pattern with my 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.

Menopause FAQs: Periods PatternIt may be in your best interest to choose to continue keeping a record of your periods or begin doing this. In Perimenopause: Symptoms & Causes – Symptoms the (United States) Mayo Clinic explain:

“To find out what’s normal for you, start keeping a record of your menstrual cycle on a calendar. Begin by tracking your start date every month for several months in a row to identify the regularity of your periods”.

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

In MenoNotes the NAMS include:

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. 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”.

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: 25 February 2019 – Last Revised: 25 February 2019