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What changes in my period show I'm headed for menopause?

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Your periods become irregular. This is the classic sign that you're on your way to menopause. Your periods may come more often or less often, be heavier or lighter, or last longer or shorter than before.

When you're in perimenopause, a period of transition to menopause, it can be hard to predict when, or if, your next period may come. It's also harder to gauge how long your period will last or if your flow will be heavy or light. It's harder to get pregnant during this phase, but it's still possible as long as you have periods.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “Menopause.”

Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women's Health: “Menopause and menopause treatments fact sheet.”

Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Integrated Healthcare: “Menopause Fact Sheet.”

North American Menopause Society: “Menopause 101: A primer for the perimenopausal,” “Are We There Yet? Navigate Now with Our Guided Menopause Tour,” “How Do I Know I'm in Menopause?”

National Institute on Aging: “Signs of the Menopausal Transition.”

Endocrine Society: “Menopause.”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Perimenopausal Bleeding and Bleeding After Menopause.”

National Health Service (UK): “Night Sweats.”

American Osteopathic Association: “Don't Lose Sleep Over Night Sweats.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Insomnia,” “Menopause and Sleep.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Sleep Apnea?”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on May 22, 2019

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “Menopause.”

Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women's Health: “Menopause and menopause treatments fact sheet.”

Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Integrated Healthcare: “Menopause Fact Sheet.”

North American Menopause Society: “Menopause 101: A primer for the perimenopausal,” “Are We There Yet? Navigate Now with Our Guided Menopause Tour,” “How Do I Know I'm in Menopause?”

National Institute on Aging: “Signs of the Menopausal Transition.”

Endocrine Society: “Menopause.”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Perimenopausal Bleeding and Bleeding After Menopause.”

National Health Service (UK): “Night Sweats.”

American Osteopathic Association: “Don't Lose Sleep Over Night Sweats.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Insomnia,” “Menopause and Sleep.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Sleep Apnea?”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on May 22, 2019

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