See your doctor if peri-menopause is holding you back

perimenopause-symptomsI meet women every day with health issues that they believe are strange or unique and the fact is, most of them are really common. But because we don’t talk about these personal issues much, many symptoms and normal conditions can seem frightening. I’m happy that I’m able to help women and offer health advice that can take some of the fear away.

Last week I got an email from a woman going through “the change”. This happens to every woman, but as a life event that everyone deals with it’s amazing how much of a mystery it still seems to most people. Her concern is consistent and constant bleeding . I covered a lot of ground in my response – which I share below – but one other solution for her might be endometrial ablation. Of course her first plan of action should be to contact her doctor.

Dear Julie,

I am 54 years old and deeply into peri-menopause. I am now in the 9th day of a period that is constant 24 hours a day. It is showing no signs of slowing down. How long should I wait before contacting my doctor?

Thank you,

Dear G,

Thank you for contacting me.  If you have had heavy bleeding for that long (a pad or tampon every 1-2 hours) I think you need to contact your doctor. Peri-menopause is nutty sometimes and there are other reasons you could be bleeding heavily. Things like a polyp inside of the uterus or a fibroid are just some of the reasons. Anemia can result from this heavy bleeding so please call your physician. Depending on your history and the exam they may decide to do an ultrasound, a biopsy or both. There is also medicine they can give to slow or stop this period.

Please email me back if you have other questions.
Take care,

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