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does this bleeding ever end? i am 53 and started irregular periods when i turned 50.i was 4 months period free and felt great, started again in mid march and it's still going on, not heavy or cramping, but i'm getting tired and frustrated, is this normal to bleed for 3 weeks?
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replied April 18th, 2011
Hello,

Welcome to ehealthforum

Irregular bleeding seems to be a Menopausal symptom.Usually at this stage flow becomes either light or heavy due to the changes in the hormonal levels going in the body.The periods may be skipped for months and then again may start for few weeeks.If the periods do not occur continuously fora year that indicates Menopause.
If the bleeding persists for more than 3 to 4 weeks often and becomes heavy then it is a cause of concern.Kindly see a Gynaecologist for evaluation.

Take Care!


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replied March 17th, 2012
third week of bleeding
ok so I am into my third week of menstruating. this is okay? I am 47. started with missed cycle for two months, then the next month it was normal now this month came a week early and I am going into my third week of bleeding.
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replied April 27th, 2012
Menopausal bleeding - what's normal?
I'm 50. I just finished a three week period, off a week, and now I am into my fourth day soaking a pad an hour.... How long can I let this go without losing too much blood?? I've never seen anything like it!!!
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replied January 14th, 2013
me too ive been bleeding for over 3 weeks now ive been told its perimenapause im 53 and this the only sign ive had
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replied January 14th, 2013
menapause bleeding
me too ive been bleeding for over 3 weeks now ive been told its perimenapause im 53 and this the only sign ive had
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replied January 18th, 2013
menopause bleeding
Yes, this can be normal. Unfortunately, no one goes around talking about it. Everyone just talks about the famous hot flash - which I never get but would way rather have.
There seems to be a "disconnect" among the hormones sometimes and the body is not told to stop the period.
This happened to me 11 months ago. I was just going along, minding my business and one night during a class I was taking, I just started having a menstrual flood. It was like the blood was just falling out of my body in great gushes. This started one of the most horrible times of my life, with a period that went 17 days with great, gushing horrible clots and bleeding for days and days. By about the second week, I became very anemic from the blood loss but didn't know it. My skin looked jaundiced, I had pounding pulse and ringing in my ears and no strength. I finally realized and got sent to the ER (that experience was a joke) and eventually ended up being told to take 325 mg Ferrous Sulfate (65 mg elemental iron) 3 times a day. That gradually addressed the anemia and the period gradually stopped. I had another heavy period the next month, but of normal duration. Then from about April through August, I was happy to have normal, on-schedule periods. Then I went without a period during September, October and November. Then on Dec 3, 2012, it hit me again with a holy vengeance. 15 days of holy hell bleeding and clotting. I was more ready with the iron this time, but still, by the end I was weak and depleted. Period officially stopped but I did have some mild spotting during the next three weeks. I was so glad for those three weeks. Then on January 7, 2013, it hit me again. Normal period during that day and then the menstrual flood for about 2 hours starting at about 1:00 in the morning, and now I'm on the 12th day of a horribly heavy, clotty period. I so miss the summer when it had gone back to normal.
The thing is, there isn't enough said about this. There are many, many women who suffer with this and don't know about it and it is so panic-inducing!
I've read a bit on Susun Weed's website that this can be normal for YOU. I've hated the feeling of being blind-sided and terrified by it.
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replied January 29th, 2013
Thanks for reassuring us. I too am having similar symptoms. I am on day 12 and yesterday I thought it was ending, but no this morning it was back again! It is not too heavy with a lot of clots, but more consistent. Breast are tender too. I did go to the OBGYN and she said she thought it was perimenopause, but did a biopsy just to be safe. She also took a lot of blood work and a thyroid panel. I have aheadache too and this really is not fun! I was told progesterone cream was good. Any thought?
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replied January 19th, 2013
hi and thanks im still bleeding but i have been taking a really good multi vitimans with iron i feel ok not tired but occassionally ringing in the ears just want this bleeding to stop just a bit nervous to see the gp as we are all pigeon holed arnt we but thanks for the reply
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replied January 24th, 2013
Premenopause
Hi I am 50 almost 51, in October I had a period
That lasted 19 days. I wasn't bleeding heavy or clotting
After the second day, just annoying light bleeding. Went
To the gynecologist he said I was in premenopause and I asked
him to put me on birth control pills.

I was excited but the second month the pill started
to affect my left foot. I could hardly walk on it, stopped taking it,
the darn bleeding started up again almost 3 weeks. It ruines
your sex life! Went back to the pharmacy and will start taking
It again next Sunday. Seriously I don't know how in the hell do women
only wear sanitary pads! Never felt tired thank God.
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replied March 26th, 2013
Hello I am 51. Had periods getting closer together for about 6 years now (every 25 days). Last year I had 2 or 3 cycles further apart, more like 40 days. And this past December, a week after just finishing my regular 5 day period, I started bleeding again , very heavily, with huge clots, would soak a pad in 10 min sometimes, and this "fun" lasted for 16 days straight. My Dr prescribed Cyklokapron (Tranexemic acid) to diminish the flow, it worked for me, ideally you should start taking it with the first symptoms of bleeding. I found that 400 mg of Ibuprofen 3-4 times a day is helpful as well. The next 2 months I had normal periods and in March another break-through episode of bleeding which this time, thankfully, lasted only 4 days. I finally saw a gynecologist (long waiting times in Canada) and am awaiting biopsy results.
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replied April 21st, 2013
Period? More like Exclamation Mark!!
Hi Ladies! So familiar... I've been period free for the last two years with only two periods, very dry, spotting really, per year. These lasted a couple of days. Now, just after my 48th birthday, I get an enormous, so far 3 week period. Heavy flow, horrible clots, pain, etc. Doctor put me on Iron supplement and the flow seems to be lightening slightly, but is still very present. I've been a heat sensitive person my entire life, so, if I got any hot-flashes? I couldn't tell you as I'm regularly the warmest person in the room. The husband has never had cold tootsies on his butt... Anyway, I hope this is it, I was told by my doctor she had a similar pattern, a dry year and then a heavy 4 week period and then all done! I hope!
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replied July 28th, 2013
OMG! WHY DIDN'T I FIND THIS SITE SOONER! First off heavy day of period (which was normal to me) but the heavy then became really heavy. So...49 I tried the Mirena - only 8 months later - I wasn't just 'heavy' I literally GUSHED! So much so...I lost my Mirena (expensive exercise)...and thank god for the nurse's story of her sister having had the same thing happen to her.

I am so glad (sorry, it's not really a thrilling experience) to see I am NOT alone. But I was beginning to doubt and lose faith in my doctor with the relaxed response to 'peri-menopause'

so now 50...I am trying Depo Provera in some hope that this will help reduce the bleed. One week into it and I have started GUSHING again. ARGH!!!!
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replied July 28th, 2013
So glad I found these posts. I am 50. At the date of my normal period I had very light spotting for three days, nothing else. It ended and then four days later I began to bleed. Heavy, clotting flow. If I'm not changing pads and tampons every 45 minutes or so, I am leaking through everything. On day 10 I had a two hour meeting and soaked through everything I had on and didn't know it until I stood up (thank God for black pants). It continues today and I'm on day 12. Good Lord.
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replied August 26th, 2013
Thanks for all the post and feed backs, I've been out of my mind, because I've been bleeding for over 2 weeks, after going for over 4 months without my period (it felt good (49)).
I guess I need to see my doctor as the next step.
CT
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replied August 27th, 2013
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Tchakounte - This long period is likely your body making up for the 4 months you went without one. During perimenopause, these crazy cycles which oftentimes include heavy and/or prolonged bleeding are fairly typical. I don't know if you read the Doctor's response above, but she said that bleeding that persists for more than 3 or 4 weeks is cause for concern.

Thankfully, there are a number of hormonal and non-hormonal medications that are effective for heavy or prolonged bleeding if you end up needing to address it. These include birth control pills, NSAID's (such as Aleve or Motrin), and Lysteda (tranexamic acid).
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replied September 7th, 2013
long periods
I'm happy to see that I am not the only one going through this! This is crazy!! I'm 53 years old and have been going through crazy periods for 3 years now....but after 10 months of not having a period..bam I get one that lasted 11 days, 2 1/2 weeks later I got another one that lasted 21 days, then 2 weeks later I have another one (on day 7 today). I know this in peri-menopause but it is still scary!! It's funny that doctors don,t talk much about this sympton of peri. I only hear about hot flashes (that I had terribly during the 10 months without my period) and they went away about 2 weeks or so before I got a period again!! I just wish all this would end already!!!! Good luck to all of us great woman.. Smile
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replied September 17th, 2013
Prolonged period
Hello I had never heard of this either. Until now. I'm 52, I had a period in the middle of June and then nothing and then I started bleeding nearly two weeks ago and haven't stopped. It's unbelievable, like some kind of endurance feat. It's starting to get to me now, both mentally and physically.
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replied September 17th, 2013
I had one of these Gushers happen at work and I promptly went back on birth control pills after years of being off of them. That was when I was 46 or so and I'm now 50. Was wondering about coming off of them because of debilitating migraines, but I sure don't want to deal with that business again. It was TRAUMATIC! This is all such a wearisome hassle.

I discussed this issue with my regular doctor and she said they can cauterize the uterine wall to stop this bleeding. Has anyone else heard of this measure? I am a died in the wool non-invasive person but I'd go for this procedure. This bleeding routine is as stated above just too mentally and physically abusive.

Jennifer
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replied September 18th, 2013
I was about to go to A&E, thinking I had cancer or something. Now I've read all these really helpful blogs and find that 2 weeks and counting is nothing compaired to some. Partly reassured, partly depressed. I'm going on hilday on Saturday and praying I get a berak before then. Not fair is it that just when you start to think "whoopee, nearly over" you have the biggest hurdle to get over. Chin up and carry on,.....
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replied September 18th, 2013
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Risks of endometrial ablation
Endometrial ablation is becoming more popular to treat heavy bleeding. Although it's marketed as an alternative to hysterectomy, a study shows that it actually increases risk of hysterectomy especially when done before age 46. In women who undergo the procedure before age 41, the risk of hysterectomy is 40%. The risk actually increases for at least 8 years post-ablation. Here's that study - http://journals.lww.com/greenjournal/Fullt ext/2008/12000/Previous_Tubal_Ligation_Is_ a_Risk_Factor_for.6.aspx.

The problem is that the hormonal actions of the ovaries cause the uterine lining to continue to build. But since it's scarred, the blood gets trapped behind the scarring and has nowhere to go. And the cervix can become stenotic, another cause of engorgement. This engorgement causes chronic pelvic pain which can be debilitating.

There are a number of proven medications for heavy bleeding, the most common being hormonal (combination or progestin-only birth control pills, patches, rings, shots, IUD's). But there are also non-hormonal options. Rx Lysteda (tranexamic acid) is quite effective at reducing flow. OTC and Rx NSAID's (such as Aleve or Motrin) are also proven flow and pain reducers especially when taken at the recommended intervals at the start of your period.

If medications cause side effects that are worse than the benefits, you can always stop taking them. But with procedures, you're stuck with the good and the bad.
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replied September 19th, 2013
All of my adult life I have had very heavy menstrual flows to the extent that I would be house bound for the first three days of each period, going through a super tampon/super pad combination every hour. I took to wearing nothing but black pants and even went so far as to buy black sheets for my bed.
I was excited when they came out with "overnight" pads but soon realized that I needed them to invent one for "coma" as "overnight" just wasn't cutting it.

Now, fast forward to age 52. Still having regular periods, maybe I miss one every 10 months or so, the rest are pretty much same ol' same ol'. Then came this past period. Some clots during my flows are pretty normal for me but good golly. 3 weeks of torrential daily flows combined with a gruesome amount of clots and no signs of stopping.

My mother never told me about this wonderful little tid-bit. You can bet my daughters are being warned.
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