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Question: 40 yrs old, 2weeks menstruation every after 5 mos? normal?

 lemarne01 - Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:59 am

I am a heavy smoker and my menstruation has become irregular since i stepped into my forties. i take iron because i have been bleeding for two weeks now and ibuprofen about 1200mg a day with no results. although it is not that painful i am worried to go to a doctor and find out that there is something wrong with me. my menstrual blood is a bit lumpy. is that normal for a forty year old? thanks.

 Debbie Miller, RN - Fri Sep 05, 2008 10:43 pm

User avatar Hello,
Yes, these changes are normal in your forties. You are likely in the peri-menopause period and this can go on for several years with period irregularities. There are procedures to help and your doctor may choose to do a hysteroscopy where they can take a peak to be sure all is well and even do some endometrial biopsies to verify health. But, the heavy periods may be controlled with procedures such as uterine ablation so you should discuss your concerns with your gynecologist.

Best wishes.

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