Menopause is often accompanied by irregular menstrual cycles, and having a long period during this transition is common. In fact, some women may experience up to two weeks of bleeding during menopause. Here, we’ll explain why this prolonged period may happen, what other symptoms should be expected during menopause, and when to seek medical help if symptoms become severe.
What Causes Prolonged Periods During Menopause?
In the years leading up to menopause — or perimenopause — your body's hormone production starts changing as it adjusts to its new state. This causes many women to have longer or shorter periods than usual, as well as increased spotting between menses. Oftentimes, this can result in a 2-week long period that can happen multiple times throughout the year due to these hormonal changes.
It's important to note that not all women will experience these symptoms while going through menopause — they vary from person-to-person. Additionally, there are many lifestyle changes you can make (like exercising regularly and eating healthy) that may help lessen symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats.
If your periods are particularly heavy or your bleeding lasts more than two weeks at a time, it’s best to consult with a doctor as soon as possible. Additionally, if you’re experiencing any of the following alongside your prolonged period symptom, it’s time for an appointment:
Your healthcare professional will be able to perform tests such as blood work or ultrasound tests that may give further insight into what could be causing these symptoms and how best to treat them depending on their results.
At HGH Pro clinic in San Francisco Bay Area we specialize in treating various menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and irritability with hormone replacement therapy (HRT) tailored specifically for each patient’s individual needs. With our holistic approach we strive to offer personalized care designed around improving your overall wellbeing and quality of life during the sometimes difficult transition into postmenopause. Make an appointment today and let us help you regain control over your hormones!