Monday, November 11, 2013

Ask Us Anything: Why Does My Period Begin Again a Few Days After It Ends?

"Why does my period begin again a few days after it ends? Sometimes, my period will last a week. Then a few days later, it's back again. Is this normal? I will be 44 soon and have had my tubes tied."

Ginny Lyons, RN, Responds:

This is a sign of perimenopausal phase before menopause begins. It is also called the menopause transition.

Perimenopause begins in your late 40s and is characterized by irregular periods, skipped periods, irregularities with flow, light or heavy clotting, mood changes, hot flashes, night sweats, nervousness and anxiety.

These are all normal changes to come; all can be tended to. Treatments are available to ease the symptoms. These include estrogen therapy and natural and homeopathic remedies.

Perimenopause concludes after 12 calendar consecutive months of no periods, at which point you have reached menopause.

It is important that you see your gynecologist for check ups and the evaluation and treatment of symptoms as they occur.

– Ginny Lyons

Ginny Lyons, RN is a coordinator for Catholic Health's women's service line, WomenCare, a nurse clinician in Women's Health, a community health educator and a public health speaker for Catholic Health on wellness and prevention seminars.

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