I am 43 years old and about 6 month ago, my menstrual cycle went crazy. I skipped a month, bled for two weeks, stopped for a week and then had a normal period for a month or two and then I had a very long period (3 weeks). I went a day or so and now I am spotting (very light brown/pinkish). It is hardly noticable, but I am concerned. I saw my Gynocologist when this all began and he said I was most likely perimenopausal and to let him know if it becomes too bothersome and he\\\'d try birth control pills. I should mention that I had somewhat irregular periods before this all began with blinding cramps - the cramping has stopped as of the first long period back in July. I also am taking Dilantin (I don\\\'t know if that makes a difference). I have made an appointment with my doctor, but can\\\'t see him for a week and now I am freaked out. I have no family history of cancer, but everything I read scares me to death. Help!
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!
In all probability the strange way the cycles are behaving can be due to pre-menopause or a STD (less likely). Hence it is important to get a complete STD and a complete hormonal panel (estrogen, progesterone, FSH, LH, prolactin, thyroid) done. It could also be due to infection in the uterus, cervicitis, vaginal infection. Fibroids and polycystic ovary are the other causes.
Since a confirmed diagnosis cannot be given on net please discuss these possibilities with your gynecologist once. Hope this helps. Take care!
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