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Long or heavy periods not uncommon in your 40s, but…

by Margery Gass | Apr 16, 2014

If you’re heading toward menopause and you have more bleeding than usual, you are not alone. Women often worry when that happens because they have heard that menstrual periods become less frequent and lighter during perimenopause. Some periods do, some don’t. The Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN), that included 1,200 women ages 42 to 52, found that over the course of three years, 91% of the women had as many as three periods that lasted 10 days or more, and 78% had three or more days of heavy flow. This news can be reassuring, but it doesn’t mean you should keep quiet about noticeable bleeding changes, especially if you are overweight.  Overweight women have a higher risk of uterine cancer (called endometrial cancer), and frequent or heavy bleeding can be a sign of cancer for any woman. Note also that the study said 3 long periods occurring over 3 years. If a woman is experiencing heavier and/or longer periods every month or bleeding frequently throughout the month, that should also be reported to your healthcare provider sooner rather than later.



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  1. 3 Julia 11 Jul
    Can you been without you period for around 3 month and have a long period light to heavy flow for more than week?
  2. 2 lynn 21 Oct
    My periods started to be less frequent and lighter when I was 48.  As every year passed, I got it between longer breaks.  In my 52nd year, I did not get my period for about a year, say 11 months.  Then just as I thought it was done, it returned with a vengeance.  I'm in my third month since it started and the flow is extremely heavy and my period is lasting up to 14 days.  Is this normal?  I just got my APP and it was normal.
  3. 1 adele 24 Nov
    Hello I had my period back in July 2014 and then did not get it till Oct 2014.. My question is that once i got it. the first week was very light and then the second week was a heavy flow that lasted over 10 days  and it seemed to get worse if I had caffeine. after the 1othe day I still ahve my period, not as heavy but still ahve it.. its now Nov  28 and starting to show some signs of it slowly going away.. its been now on my 5th week. is this normal? I am 50 years old.

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