"For ten months—almost a year—I didn't menstruate. Now, suddenly, I've got my period again."
One thing we can say for sure about perimenopause: it’s unpredictable. That’s because even though our estrogen and progesterone are declining overall, there are sudden surges that can result in wildly irregular menstrual cycles. A Canadian study found that in a group of 324 perimenopausal women, 100 different menstrual cycle patterns were noted! And they run the gamut: from having no periods for six months only to start them again for the next six months to periods that remain fairly regular till they just stop for good. That said, research also indicates that for most women, the time between their periods does get longer the further they are into perimenopause (which lasts, on average, four years but can go on as long as ten). So, chances are you’re getting close to the finish line. What you’re experiencing is normal and just another aspect of the roller coaster of perimenopause.
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