Menopause Symptoms – Bleeding

Menopause symptoms can include bleeding and irregular periods. We all know it is a pain to always be prepared for irregular bleeding. Just when you are celebrating not having monthly periods, you find yourself having to wear panty liners everyday.
Changes in hormone levels during perimenopause can affect ovulation and change bleeding patterns as a woman nears menopause. Your periods may become shorter or longer. Blood flow may get heavier or lighter. You may begin to skip periods. When a woman has not had a period for one year, she is postmenopausal.
The levels of hormones then decrease. This signals the uterus to shed its lining. This shedding is your monthly period. It marks the start of a new cycle.
Some months an egg may be released, and some months it may not. If an egg is not released, ovaries do not produce enough progesterone to signal the uterus to completely shed its lining. Instead, the ovaries will just keep making estrogen. Estrogen will then make the lining of the uterus (endometrium) thicker. When it gets too thick, you may have irregular bleeding or spotting that may last longer than your usual period. This occurs when the lining is not fully shed..
While bleeding during menopause can be frustrating, especially when you think your periods are over and you experience bleeding for the first time in 6 months, it is natural and all part of the process. Be sure and talk to your doctor about any concerns with unusual bleeding.

I personally had occasional bleeding during menopause. The doctor said that my hormone levels were being affected by my being overweight. She suggested that I loose weight, which would reduce my estrogen level, which would stop telling my body to store the blood. I went on to loose 100 pounds and all bleeding stopped. I also slept better, had more energy, my skin wasn't as dry, and many other common menopause symptoms cleared up. While bleeding during menopause can indicate a problem like a tumor, it can just as well mean there isn't anything else wrong except that you need to loose some weight. Only a doctor can diagnose the real issue, so don't hesitate to see a doctor.

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