35 Symptoms of Perimenopause: Heavy, Flooding Periods

by Magnolia on January 4, 2011

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When the average woman thinks of perimenopause symptoms she usually thinks of the proverbial night sweats and hot flashes. Perhaps even a few mood swings thrown in for good measure.  What many do not know, however, and are often surprised to find out, is that heavy, flooding periods with painful cramping and large blood clots are a common complaint for many women in perimenopause.

Sometimes the bleeding is so heavy and so severe it is thought to be symptomatic of something more serious, such as cervical cancer, endometriosis or uterine fibroid disease.  While it’s always a good idea to have heavy, cramping periods checked out by your physician, if you are of perimenopause age and are experiencing heavy, flooding, cramping periods, there is a good chance it is the result of low progesterone levels common during perimenopause.

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marla February 15, 2011 at 7:39 pm

want to join blog about perimenopause


Monica March 17, 2015 at 11:14 pm

Hello, I just wanted to share my experience of how I (think I) helped myself: I am 47 years old and have been taking bioidentical progesterone (doctor prescribed) for two years. The last few months had been really difficult: cycle length went down from 30 to 25 days, bleeding longer and heavier each time, clots, flooding, abdominal discomfort, and the last period was 15 days long (light through the second half). I went to my doctor and had bloodwork (no result yet) and scheduled an ultrasound (fibroids run in my family.) Then I went online and gathered a bunch of advice from various sources and made some lifestyle changes. I eliminated meats from my diet, started drinking soy milk every day, started using tofu and soy nut butter, increased raw and green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits, started eating bran fiber crackers everyday, and started taking two tablespoons of raw “with the mother” apple cider vinegar every day. I started drinking red raspberry medicinal tea and dandelion root tea as well (but not every day). I also started running again (3 times a week), which I had not done all winter long.
My most recent period was completely normal! Cycle is still 25 days, but I have to say for the first time in many months, my period was just a little on the heavy side the first day, but after that, completely normal, and it lasted 6 days. I feel fantastic – I have more energy, less pain before and during the period, and no pain now! I await my ultrasound but I have the feeling that they might not find anything of concern. Maybe this improvement is just another normal fluctuation of perimenopause and has nothing to do with the changes I made… but I like to think my actions made a difference! I hope this gives some other people a little inspiration – good luck! Monica


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