Women Health

Experiencing Menstruation during Premenopause

Premenopause is classified by the medical fraternity as perimenopause. This period is between two – eight years before menopause. This is the time when many women find their hormones becoming very unstable or erratic. Their bodies do not feel as though it belongs to them at all. The hormone is estrogen, which deals with the functioning of the ovaries, ovulation, and the menstrual cycle. When estrogen levels in the body begin to break down the period becomes less and less. During this time, the body is preparing for the full onset of menopause. Menopause is when the body no longer experiences a regular period. This happens between the ages of 45-55; while premenopause occurs between the ages of 30-45.

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Symptoms of Premenopause

Some women will start experiencing lighter or heavier periods. Some may find their periods will become irregular while some women will experience blood clots. This can be very scary, especially if this is not a common occurrence during some periodic cycle. Blood clots during premenopause are generally common. They are generally classified as benign and treatable. The thing to do is consult with your doctor. There he will be able to tell you what it is and treat the condition.

What are Blood Clots and How are they Formed

Blood clots are formed when the body’s’ natural system of what is called anticoagulants causes the blood to not clot. This natural function does not happen readily. This occurs when you are having a heavy flow during your period. Normally the blood flow during a menstrual cycle should flow freely. When the blood clots; is when the flow is so heavy as to not allow the anticoagulant to do its job. Erratic behavior in the hormonal levels will cause this situation to occur. Blood clots come in different colors. Some are dark red, some bright red, and they may form small clots or big pieces, which may be many or few.

During this time of premenopause the woman is still able to become pregnant. The pregnancy may not continue to full term and will have a miscarriage. The miscarriage will discharge as clots from the womb and will probably have the color of ash gray, which comes in the form of tissue pieces. Another reason for blood clots during premenopause is a fibroid, which are benign growths that have formed in the womb.

Treatment for Blood Clots

Treatments for blood clots are generally simple. The doctor may prescribe oral contraceptives which are able to balance the hormonal levels. They may prescribe an IUD or an intra-uterine device. This is a device which releases the male hormone progestin. This male hormone will control the busy hormones and help to shrink the fibroids.

No woman should be in the depths of despair during premenopause. Help is always available, so ask for it. Doctors are equipped to diagnose the concerns and will be able to help.

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