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prolonged menstrual flow with fresh blood colour

By Anonymous December 26, 2009 - 5:49am
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My menstrual is normally very consistent. Never before my menstrual prolonged more than 6 days. This month my mensus flow for 2 days with very small amount of flow and then stopped for 2 days and continued with medium flow for the next 5 days. All in abt 10 days from the start. Today is the 5th day and the mensus looks like fresh blood. I m concern. There is no pain. But recently i lost weight from 65kgs to 57 kgs in the last 6 months. My age is 44 yrs old. Never got pregnant and child birth.
Pls advice.

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Dear Pammy

Thanks for your question! It doesn't sound like this should be of concern to you. Our cycles - even if normally very regular - can change out of the blue for no apparent reason.

Since you are 44, you may be perimenopausal or even entering menopause a bit earlier than average (the average is about 52). By age 44, it's quite common to be perimenopausal. What this means is that your body is transitioning into middle age. Signs and symptoms are:

"characterized by a gradual decrease in progesterone and estrogen, but hormone fluctuations are common. This period can last from 3-10 years before menopause. Some women have many symptoms during this period, others few. Irregular menstrual cycles are the most common first sign. Other common symptoms are PMS-like symptoms (bloating, breast tenderness), hot flashes and night sweats, insomnia, vaginal dryness, and changes in the breasts. Anovulatory menstrual cycles are common, and women should watch for bleeding between periods."

Regarding your weight loss in the last 6 months. Depending on how tall you are, this should not affect your period since the weight loss was fairly gradual. A very sudden drop of that kind of weight could affect your period although often it decreases your chance of getting your period rather than making it longer and stronger. Was this weight loss intentional or due to illness? If you were over-weight to begin with, then it should not factor into your monthly cycle.

Does this information help you?

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