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Im 45 years old and lately my menstrual cycle is changing. First, I have my period every 2

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Im 45 years old and lately my menstrual cycle is changing. First, I have my period every 22-23 days with same sympstoms as before, retain fluid, breast tenderness. A couple of months, my cycle was longer than usual, 36 days and 44 days between periods, and not feeling breast tenderness or fluid retention at all. Today, I have my period again after 24 days. Are these changes normal in perimenopause?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr. Owen replied 4 years ago.
Hello, and I am pleased to help, use of my answers are for educational purposes only.
Actually this is a fairly normal change as women go through perimenopause into menopause - but given you are having periods more frequently than every 24 to 35 days I would recommend getting this evaluated for a possible thyroid condition with a simple TSH thyroid blood test, and also get a pelvic exam to check for any infection or polyp - but MORE than likely all is quite normal.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
No, actually my periods are every 25 days and what i said a couple of cycles they wre after 35 days. It´s the other way around
Expert:  Dr. Owen replied 4 years ago.
I see what you are saying - so your periods length is lengthing - or interval from one period to the next is increasing - that is very consistent with perimenopause - and this is normal too.
And, with period changes - again, I would just recommend some basic 'Annual' exams to be done - and would still include a TSH thyroid to be done since thyroid problems are very common with women. And, this lengthening would NOT be a polyp, and would very UNLIKELY be a cancer or anything concerning.

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