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.