I am a 49 year old woman. My periods have been quite regular but this month I have had my periods 3 times in 5 weeks...each time lasting for around 5- 7 days.
Is this normal to have so many periods in short time"?
It is quite common to experience irregular periods on the run up to the menopause. As you are 49 it is very likely that you are peri-menopausal (approaching the menopause) as the average age of the menopause is 52. The first symptom of the menopause is often a change in the monthly pattern. You can have a period every 2-3 weeks or sometimes they can become less frequent. You may experience other symptoms suggesting you are peri-menopausal, such as hot flushes, vaginal dryness and mood and sleep changes.
It is worth seeing your GP about how you are feeling. A blood test can be done to see if your hormones are suggesting the menopause. You may also need a smear test, examination (to check your uterus) and swabs (to rule out infection) before a diagnosis is confirmed.
Answered by Dr Emmajane Down.
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