WORST. PERIODS. EVER? Welcome to perimenopause, the hormonal roller coaster ride on the way to menopause. When your estrogen outpaces your progesterone, your uterine lining builds, resulting in heavier bleeding. Low estrogen levels can produce lighter bleeding but shorter cycles (say, every 2 or 3 weeks).
Is this normal?
Yes. During the years that your estrogen and progesterone levels are in flux, so is your period, appearing and disappearing for months at time, with spotting in between.
What can you do?
One treatment Dr Sharon Malone recommends for perimenopausal women is a low dose 24-day birth control pill, which can help regulate your hormone levels and also provide contraception, still very important at this phase!
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What’s happening with irregular periods?
You’ve been getting your period for 30 years, but now it’s...different. And, not good, different. Bad, different. Or at least weird, different.
It’s the hormonal roller coaster transition to menopause, otherwise known as perimenopause. It’s not technically menopause until it’s been 12 months since your last period, so, by definition, if you’re getting your period (even if it’s irregular) you're in perimenopause.
So, irregular periods are normal?
Yup. You’re definitely not alone. It takes, on average, four years to make it through to menopause. For some women, it’s only a few months. For others, it’s way more than four years. During this time, your estrogen levels are in flux, and so your period (and seemingly everything else) is too.
Okay. So what can I expect?
We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again, the journey to menopause is different for everyone. And with your hormones fluctuating, each irregular period may be irregular in its own way. If you’re used to your period coming like clockwork, this can be unsettling. It may disappear for months at a time, and you may have spotting in between.
Your hormone levels will determine what your period looks like each time it comes. If your estrogen levels are high, you’ll experience heavier bleeding. This can be annoying and disruptive to your life and activities, but for the most part, it’s normal. If it’s extremely heavy, check in with your doctor.
When your estrogen levels are low, you may have lighter bleeding, though this may also come with shorter cycles (say, every 2 or 3 weeks, rather than four). The color of your menstrual flow may also vary, with darker, older blood appearing towards the end of your period.
Is there anything I can do about irregular periods?
One treatment Dr. Sharon Malone recommends is a low dose 24-day birth control pill. This can help regulate your hormone levels. Plus, irregular periods are still periods. If you’re still getting them, contraception is important!
Check out Alloy's low dose birth control option on pur product page.