Posted by: paula | 2007/03/12

Menstrual problems at age 46

Hi Doc

I am 46 next month. Had 2 children, youngest 13 this year. My last gynae check-up and pap smear end of last year was clear. I have never had gynaecological problems. Very lucky! Menstruation always pain free, regular and +- 2,5 days. No family history of problems. Used Triphasal until 3 years ago. No contraceptives used at the moment. Not sexually active.

I have noticed my last 3 or 4 menstruations were a bit eratic, accompanies by bloated tummy, and soreness when I contract my stomach muscles. This month has been quite bad. I was bloated for about a week before, and had particularly heavy flow for four full days. It's been a week since I stopped menstruating and I still feel bloated and sensitive. My breasts also feel sensitive and heavier than normal.

What's happening here? What would be the solution?

Your comments are really appreciated.


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It sounds like perimenopause. Periods often become irregular before they stop altogether. You could think of using HRT.

Best wishes

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