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Irregular bleeding at 51

23 June, 2019


I am 51, still get my period. This is mostly very regularly, but last month it was a little early, and now, very irregularly, the morning after my mikveh.

Is there any advice you can give me? I don’t think this was caused by intercourse, and I don’t have any period symptoms.
I do have the beginnings of uterine prolapse, as per my doctor. Could that have something to do with it? If so, what can I do about it vis-a-vis not becoming niddah?


It is common to experience irregular bleeding during the perimenopausal stage.

However, we do recommend consulting with your doctor to check if there is any other explanation for the bleeding. It may not be your period but could be caused by some other factor (e.g., a polyp, cervical erosion, a vaginal wound, or even the uterine prolapse). Please ask your physician if there is potential treatment for the condition if he/she finds one. Then get back to us with any new information from your doctor.

We also recommend reviewing the laws of staining, since not all bleeding will render you niddah. If you experience bleeding lighter than a flow, you may take precautions against becoming niddah from the staining. See our article on stains for more details.

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


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