I stopped menstruating completely (not even a tiny bit of spotting) for nine months. But two days ago I started menstruating normally (which is heavy for me) again. Do you know what could be causing this? Should I be worried? Is there any hope that I will return to my happy menopausal state?
Even though you had not bled for 9 months, it's not abnormal or unusual that you might have periods again. This situation could have been triggered by recent health issues, since any significant stresses on your body can bring on or stop your typical menstrual cycle. Usually when this occurs with my patients, I find that they may have a few more periods at most but will return to their happily-period-free state pretty quickly.
Some things you might also consider doing include helping to reduce stress in your life and getting enough sleep, since these things will help reduce stressors on your body that might be triggering the periods. I'm including some links below that might be helpfu with this.
Exercising with Yoga To Stay Centered
How Sleep Affects Overall Health
Rocking Yourself to Sleep Can Benefit Adults
Thanks so much for your reply! I really appreciate it. That's really good to know. I'll hope that my course follows that of many of your patients.
I am new to this site as an expert and am in a learning curve. However, based on an informal focus group of a variety of friends who are in various stages of menopause, some have described having gone through what you experienced. I also checked in Dr. Christiane Northrup's book "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom". Dr. Northrup noted that stress can cause an unscheduled period. If you're worried about this situation, I'd encourage you to talk to your doctor.
Take care and stay in touch!
Thanks for getting back to me! It makes me feel better to know that my situation is not unheard of. I will get a check up, though. I wonder if this means I've returned to menstruating. I have my fingers crossed that it doesn't!!!! I was delighted to have hit menopause. Thanks again! Leslie
I had the exact same thig happen to me today.. after not having a period for almost 10 months.. I too thought I was finally in menopause..Then I go to the bathromm only to discover I got a period.. it's just spotting though... this is the second time this has happened.. last year the same thing happened.. nine months with nothing and then a period..had internal and external pelvic exam and all was ok.. my Dr. said that it means I am going into menopause soon... I can't handle this...
Ladies, I was counting the days to my twelve months! I began perimenopause at age 48. Just turned 49 in september! Thought this was a done deal. Bragged about a party at New Years which would coincide with my last 2 day period!! Well, all year (10 1/2 months) I still got at least one painful bump on my face. Thinking the whole and joking about my dried up eggs. November is my mammogram month and I told them my breast were tender. WEIRD? Then BAMM WHAT? is going on? WHY WHY WHY do I have my period? It hurts so much. I do not want to get out of bed. Now its cold and I need a warm blankie and some choicolate! DANG IT! This is a curse! I have maintained my "two tampons im my possession" jokes...determined to buy no more of them! Happy Thanksgiving to me! I am a hormonal wreck! ANGER? Frustration? This is not fair! I jsut FEEL SO ALONE< I think that I will just cry while I eat a tub of frosting with a spoon sititng on my bed......dang. I am whining bc these cramps aren't really that bad, I just do not want this now or ever! Grrrr!!