Perimenopause Spotting - Should You Be Worried?
A change in your monthly period is a common sign of perimenopause. In fact, your period is the main consideration when it comes to defining whether you are in perimenopause or are in menopause. Aside from changes in the timing, a lot of women also report changes in the quantity of their monthly menstrual period.
Here are some of the common changes when it comes to your monthly period:
- Irregular periods - During perimenopause, it is common for you to skip a period or several periods. This can be worrisome for a lot of women, because skipped periods together with other signs of perimenopause could also easily be interpreted as a pregnancy. But it’s not only skipped periods you have to expect. Some women report having more frequent periods during perimenopause.
- Heavy bleeding - Some women experience heavier than normal bleeding as a result of being in perimenopause. Heavy bleeding may also be a sign of something more serious such as cancer of pre-cancerous growth in the uterus. So it is always a good idea to have a doctor rule out this cause.
- Spotting - Some women experience spotting in between periods. This can prompt some women to think that they are having more frequent periods.
These changes take place mainly because of the imbalance of hormones that happen during this stage. Regular monthly periods require that your body produces precise amount of hormones to regulate ovulation. When these hormones are not produced in the right quantities, they can cause the irregularities in periods that many women have come to expect during perimenpause.
Aside from hormone imbalance, there are other conditions that can also cause perimenopause spotting, heavy bleeding and irregular periods. It is for this reason that you should seek professional medical advice to make sure that your menstrual irregularities are not caused by something else.
Here are some of the medical conditions that may also give rise to similar changes in your menstrual pattern:
- cervical or endometrial polyps - Polyps are fingerlike projections that grow on the surface of the cervix or in the endometrium. They are easy for a doctor to spot during a pelvic exam, and they can be easily removed, too. Signs of polyps include abnormal bleeding, spotting in between periods, heavy periods, bleeding after sex and bleeding in menopause.
- cervical cancer - This type of cancer is a common cause of cancer death among women, especially in underdeveloped countries. Aside from abnormal bleeding, other signs include bleeding after sex, pain during intercourse, heavy vaginal discharge and pelvic pain. One risk factor for cervical cancer is getting infected with the human papillomavirus or HPV. Fortunately, there is now a vaccine against some types of HPV, which should give women additional protection against cervical cancer.
- pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) - PID is characterized by an infection that affects one or more pelvic organcs (uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes). It is usually caused by untreated sexually transmitted diseases, but it may also be caused by childbirth or an abortion. Symptoms include fever, chills, back pain, pain during intercourse, vaginal discharge and lower abdominal pain (pain the the pelvic area)
- endometrial cancer - also called uterine cancer, is considered the most common cancer of the female reproductive organs. It’s also highly treatable and 95% of those who contract this disease survive it. Symptoms include unusual bleeding or spotting, especially if you are already in menopause, vaginal discharge, weight loss, difficulty urinating, pain during sex, and pelvic pain.
- fibroid tumors - These are usually benign masses made of fibroid tissues that can grow inside the uterus. No one is sure why they develop, but what’s certain is that the presence of estrogen seems to encourage its growth. It’s been observed that these tumors do not develop before the body starts producing estrogen, and often shrink and go away after menopause, when the body stops producing estrogen.
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