Why Did My Period Return A Year After Stopping?

Question

Asked by Radio Mama

Why Did My Period Return A Year After Stopping?

After not having a period for one year, it returned this morning. I have previously had many of the symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and missed periods. Is this sudden return of my period something that should concern me, or is it fairly normal?

Answer

The research that I read indicates that women who go an average of one year without a period are in menopause, though women whose periods start and stop are thought to be in perimenopause, a precursor to menopause.

Still, just to be safe, I'd encourage you to check with your doctor about what's going on with you.  Any unusual discharge or changes in your cycle are things you definitely want to have your doctor diagnose. Your doctor can also offer treatment options for some of the symptoms of menopause you've been experiencing, such as hot flashes.

Here are some articles you might find useful:

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