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Menopause and Perimenopause - When to Call a Doctor

Call your doctor if you have:

  • Menstrual periods that are unusually heavy, irregular, or prolonged (1½ to 2 times longer than normal).
  • Bleeding between menstrual periods, when periods have been regular.
  • Renewed bleeding after having no periods for 6 months or more.
  • Unexplained bleeding while you are taking hormones.
  • Symptoms, such as insomnia, hot flashes, or mood swings, that aren't responding to home treatment and are interfering with your sleep or daily life.
  • Vaginal pain or dryness that doesn't improve with home treatment, or you have signs of a urinary tract infection, such as pain or burning during urination or cloudy urine.

Who to see

The following health professionals can help you manage menopause symptoms and evaluate menstrual period changes:

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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