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Continuous bleeding in perimenopause

16 January, 2018

Question:

I am 49 years old and starting menopause, and for the past two and a half months I haven't stopped bleeding – lightly or heavily, no way to even start counting. I went to a doctor who basically said: well, it's age. My husband is really stressed about the whole thing since of course we are separated for more than 2 months. Do you have any suggestions?

Many thanks for your help. This is really stressing our marriage and bringing it to a not so good place. We've been married 26 years and have always kept taharat hamishpacha.


Answer:

We are sorry to hear of your situation.

If you are only experiencing light bleeding or staining, you may be able to complete the seven clean days despite the continued bleeding. Please get back to us if this is the case; for a more immediate answer you can contact our telephone hotline. If the bleeding is heavy (an actual flow) unfortunately you will not be able to begin the clean days until it tapers off.

You should have your doctor check if there is any other source of the bleeding (polyps, fibroids, etc.). In addition, there are medical options that may help reduce or even eliminate the bleeding, even if it is due to perimenopause. You may find our free app for medical professionals helpful in conveying the impact of continuous bleeding on your quality of life.

Please feel free to get back to us with any further questions.

B'Hatzlacha!


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