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Is bleeding during perimenopause normal?

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The years before menopause are called perimenopause. During this time, your hormones shift. Your period may be heavier or lighter than usual. You may also have spotting. That’s normal, but if your bleeding is heavy or lasts longer than usual, talk to your doctor. You should also get checked out if you bleed after sex or more often than every 3 weeks.

From: Postmenopausal Bleeding WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Ming Tsai, MD, associate professor, obstetrics and gynecology, NYU School of Medicine; chief of service, obstetrics and gynecology, NYU Lutheran, New York City.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Endometrial Biopsy,” “Endometrial Cancer,” “Endometrial Hyperplasia,” “Hysterectomy,” “Perimenopausal Bleeding and Bleeding After Menopause,” “Sonohysterography.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bleeding After Menopause: Is It Normal?” “Dilation and curettage (D&C),” “Diseases and Conditions: Menopause,” “Vaginal Atrophy.”

Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health : “Abnormal Uterine Bleeding.”

Cleveland Clinic: “What is Hysteroscopy?”

Obstetrics & Gynecology : “Management of Endometrial Precancers.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on May 24, 2017

SOURCES:

Ming Tsai, MD, associate professor, obstetrics and gynecology, NYU School of Medicine; chief of service, obstetrics and gynecology, NYU Lutheran, New York City.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Endometrial Biopsy,” “Endometrial Cancer,” “Endometrial Hyperplasia,” “Hysterectomy,” “Perimenopausal Bleeding and Bleeding After Menopause,” “Sonohysterography.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bleeding After Menopause: Is It Normal?” “Dilation and curettage (D&C),” “Diseases and Conditions: Menopause,” “Vaginal Atrophy.”

Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health : “Abnormal Uterine Bleeding.”

Cleveland Clinic: “What is Hysteroscopy?”

Obstetrics & Gynecology : “Management of Endometrial Precancers.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on May 24, 2017

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