OB/GYN in Chicago near Michigan City explains abnormal bleeding during perimenopause
As women age, we head towards menopause or what is sometimes referred to as “the change of life.” Menopause is the point where a woman has not had a period in a year, it is the end of her childbearing years. Perimenopause is the time frame leading up to menopause, when the process begins, and symptoms can start. Northwestern Women’s Health Associates, serving Chicago , wants to help.
Facts about perimenopause:
- It varies from woman to woman, but it can start as early as your 30s or as late as your 50s. It’s the time when your ovaries begin making less estrogen.
- It lasts until menopause, the point when your ovaries stop releasing eggs. The average length of perimenopause typically is around 4 years. However, it can be shorter or longer, depending on the individual. Some report perimenopause lasting only a few months, others as long as 10 years.
Some symptoms of perimenopause:
- Hot flashes.
- Breast tenderness.
- Worse PMS symptoms.
- Lower sex drive.
- Urgent need to urinate more often.
- Trouble sleeping.
- Mood swings.
- Vaginal dryness.
- Irregular periods/bleeding.
When abnormal bleeding is a cause for concern:
Even though it is normal during perimenopause to have an irregular period, you should stay alert for abnormal bleeding. If any of the following happen, it’s advisable to report it to us as soon as possible. If you have very heavy bleeding, longer lasting bleeding, bleeding occurring more often than every 3 weeks or bleeding that happens after sex, let us know!
What to do if you are worried:
The absolute best thing you can do if you are worried about your bleeding is to make an appointment with us. Our caring, compassionate, and professional staff take the time to answer your questions about perimenopause and abnormal bleeding. Don’t delay! Call us today to schedule your appointment to achieve optimal health. 312-440-9400.