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Menopause and period

02/06/2008

Question:

I am 51 and I`m begining to go through menophause. I understand that my periods will come earlier or later and that I will not be on schuel but when I started my period this last time on Dec. 31 I have not stopped yet, is this normal? I have been on it for 2 weeks now.

Please help

Answer:

Prolonged menses are not uncommon at menopause.  We don't want that to occur every month because you could become anemic.  If your bleeding continues, see your clinician.  You may want to take a vitamin with iron in the meanwhile.  Occasionally, prolonged, heavy and irregular bleeding can be a sign of cancer or precancerous condition, so it should not be completely ignored.

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Response by:

Margery   Gass, MD Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati