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Why has my period changed all of a sudden?

By Anonymous February 18, 2011 - 12:04am
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My period has been the same for the last 8 years. Always on time and heavy for a couple of days. In the last year, it has started moving back a week early every month and the 3rd day has always been the heaviest. This month...a week early and I am on the 4th day and nothing heavy. Barely anything for that matter. I am so confused! Is this pre/peri-menopause? From what I understand, I think my Mother went through menopause early. Is it hereditary?

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Thanks for your question and for finding EmpowHER. Is perimenopause hereditary? You ask a good question. From what I've read, yes, you can look at how your mom has progressed through perimenopause and menopause and expect similar treatment from Mother Nature. If the change in your cycle has concerned you, you may want to mention it at your next annual exam with your gynecologist to ensure they have accurate history on you and can recommend any tests in case there may be an underlying reason to what you are experiencing. As you know, it is normal for your cycle to fluctuate a bit from month-to-month no matter how regular you usually are. Have you ever noticed how when you are around a particular woman, your cycles begin to match up? Strange, isn't it?
Here are a couple articles that may be of interest, and you may want to check out others on the website for more information.
How to Know if Your Period is Normal, and MedlinePlus: Heavy, Prolonged or Irregular Period, and finally, EmpowHER: Perimenopause Community.
Good luck! Let us know if you have other questions, and how you're doing.

February 18, 2011 - 9:42am
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