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Irregular Periods and Heavy Bleeding during Perimenopause

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Usually, when a woman reaches perimenopause, she will experience an irregularity with her menstruation. These irregularities can range from very heavy to light bleeding, watery discharge, spotting between cycles, and unpredictable menstruation. The more problematic of these symptoms is heavy bleeding, which may result in a woman soaking a tampon or sanitary pad more than once an hour or a period that lasts more than seven days. Read on to find out what causes heavy bleeding and how you can treat it.

Your cycle may become more irregular due to hormonal imbalance

What Causes Irregular Periods?

The typical menstrual cycle is between 25 to 31 days from the first day of one period to the first day of the next period. During perimenopause, your cycle may become more irregular due to hormonal imbalance, and make it difficult to predict when you will have your period. If your irregularities also include abnormal uterine bleeding (heavy bleeding), then you may consider exploring ways to stop or prevent it.

What Causes Heavy Bleeding?

A woman's reproductive system operates according to the interaction between estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen thickens the lining of the uterus in preparation for a fertilized egg. If fertilization does not happen during the woman's menstrual cycle, progesterone initiates the process of expelling that lining from the uterus. When these two hormones are thrown into an imbalance due to perimenopause, shedding of the lining within the uterus becomes irregular, which may lead to heavy periods.

How Can I Prevent Heavy Bleeding?

Natural methods

The first resort to treating a heavy menstrual flow should be natural remedies, such as taking B-Complex vitamins and vitamins A and C, which are thought to regulate the body's estrogen levels. Herbs like black cohosh can also be used to treat heavy bleeding and other menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and anxiety.

As a warning, black cohosh can cause side effects, including vomiting and diarrhea. Studies show that this herb may have a link to breast cancer.

Birth control pills

Oral contraception can regulate the development of the lining inside the uterus so that periods do not become too heavy, but some pills can actually produce heavy bleeding. While research shows that women who take birth control are less likely to develop endometrial and ovarian cancer, other research shows a possible link between birth control pills and breast cancer.

More Information

If you have irregular periods, you may also experience bleeding after sex, spotting, excess hair growth around the face and neck, and shorter intervals between periods. Click on the following link for more information about the available treatments for irregular periods.

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