Do women really need a study to tell us about the menstrual irregularities that we MIGHT (alright closer to ‘probably will’) experience in menopause? I can hear your instant response of – but of course, we need to know what is serious and what is not? We need to see a doctor if it is serious. We need to prevent cancer…
Now the opposite is true – any ‘irregularity’ (as in NOT regular; NOT normal) and we go running off to the doctor to be told – “It’s all in your head’, or we are prescribed synthetic hormone therapy, or psychotropic drugs. Or we are poked and prodded with lasers and other invasive tools – and where does that leave us? For many in the loony bin – of their bodies or minds.
I once heard the Wise Woman Susun Weed, author of speak at Metropolitan State College in Denver. This was many moons ago. But I do remember that after Susun’s wonderful presentation she offered a time for questions. A young woman stood and started expressing her concerns about having breast cancer – citing a family history (no pathology of her own to report), and Susun patiently waited until the woman finished and then said, in her Wise Woman Way, “Do you feel like you have cancer?”
Silence and everyone turned and looked at the woman. And she said ‘no’. And Susun said then stop living in fear.
Articles/studies on what we experience as women – takes our power away from us.
The Holy Hormones Journal is filled with articles on prevention of menopausal menstrual ‘irregularities’. It is filled with information for women from menarche to menopause.
Menstrual health is the foundation of our being. When we deny this – we deny who we are as women. And when that happens – studies on menstrual management – at any age come out and dupe and manipulate us into states of fear instead of knowingness.
And therefore the meme “Menopause, its nobody’s faulty, but somebody has to pay. don’t let it be you.
Bleeding Irregularities Common in Menopause, Study Finds
April 16, 2014
WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Extended and heavy menstrual bleeding during menopause is common, according to a new study.
“For most women in their 30s, menstrual periods are highly predictable. With the onset of the menopausal transition in their 40s, women’s menstrual periods can change dramatically,” study author Sioban Harlow, a University of Michigan professor of epidemiology, said in a university news release.
“These dramatic changes can be disconcerting, and often provoke questions about whether something is wrong,” she added.
The findings should reassure women who worry about what is and isn’t normal, she said.
When a woman’s ovaries stop producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone, she enters menopause. This life stage can last anywhere from two to 10 years, the researchers said. Menopause usually occurs after age 45.
“Women need more descriptive information about the bleeding changes they can expect. We need clear guidance to help women understand what changes in bleeding patterns do and do not require medical attention,” she added.
The researchers looked at 1,300 American women, aged 42 to 52. They found that 91 percent had experienced bleeding for 10 or more days, 88 percent reported spotting for six or more days, and more than three-quarters had heavy bleeding for three or more days during menopause.
More than one-third of the women had as many as three episodes of 10-plus days of bleeding over six months, according to the study published April 15 in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
The women in the study — from Michigan, Los Angeles and northern California — were white, black, Chinese and Japanese. Previous studies have been mostly limited to white women, the investigators noted.
They said further research is required before their results could be used to change patient care.