Irregular periods are a hallmark of perimenopause. Most of the time, this is normal and nothing to be concerned about. However, see your doctor if:

  • Bleeding is extremely heavy — you're changing tampons or pads every hour or two for two or more hours
  • Bleeding lasts longer than seven days
  • Bleeding occurs between periods
  • Periods regularly occur less than 21 days apart

Signs such as these may indicate the presence of an underlying problem with your reproductive system that requires diagnosis and treatment.

April 20, 2013