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menopause? had my period for 2 weeks. I'm 48 going to be 49

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I have had my period for 2 weeks now. I usually have it for only 1 week and I have been very regular. I have always had a very heavy period. I am 48 going to be 49 years in December. My mother went through the change when she was 45 years old. I was just wondering if I could be menopause?

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replied March 2nd, 2012
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The changes in period pattern and duration could indicate possibility of menopausal onset. Other possibilities include anemia, bleeding problems, endometrial hyperplasia, uterine fibroids etc. The exact cause can only be made out after careful evaluation. Consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for thorough examination and further evaluation to look for the underlying cause for the altered vaginal bleeding that you describe. Hormonal analysis done will help to rule out menopausal onset and blood work up done will help to rule out anemia, bleeding problems etc. Ultrasound scan done will help to rule out endometrial hyperplasia, uterine fibroids. Treatment as appropriate (based on examination findings and investigations results) would be started to help you control the bleeding. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle.
Take care.

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