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Sanjita asked...

I am having irregular periods.

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"?

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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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