As a woman entering perimenopause, you’ll start to notice a number of changes–especially in your once predictable cycle. During perimenopause, your body will begin inconsistent ovulation that can lead to irregular bleeding. For many women this change means heavier or more frequent bleeding. Or, you can skip periods for months and then have a whopper of a period every three months or so.

Even though this irregular bleeding is a normal part of perimenopause, heavy bleeding with clots that lasts more than eight days is too much bleeding and you need to plan a trip to your doctor to discuss it.

Why you should see your doctor when you have some of these symptoms?

Bleeding during this time could also be attributed to fibroids, which are very common benign growths in the uterus, or polyps in the lining of the uterus which are also fairly common. But, because the early signs of perimenopause are similar to those of uterine cancer, cervical infections and cervical cancer, it’s important to meet with your doctor so they can evaluate what’s going on and keep an eye on your progress.

Usually, there isn’t anything to worry about. But in addition to being safe, your doctor will also be able to help you find ways to ease your symptoms such as hormonal treatments or through endometrial ablation. Endometrial ablation is an outpatient procedure that essentially deactivates the endometrial lining of the uterus. Many women will stop bleeding altogether and some will continue to bleed, but the length and severity of there bleeding will be much improved.

If you have questions about perimenopause, call 317-338-4HER to talk to a registered nurse, or complete and submit this form to get free, personal advice online.