• Is 11 days of menstruation just peri-menopause?

    Asked by hikerchick on Friday, July 6, 2012

    Is 11 days of menstruation just peri-menopause?

    I had breast cancer a year and a half ago and am peri-menopausal and don't know at what point I should become concerned and make a doctor's appointment. Has anyone had any experience with extra lengthy menstruation and whether it indicated a possible problem? Uterine or ovarian cancer? It was heavy for the first few days and has been fresh everyday for 11 days so far.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      I don't think it's a bad idea to visit your doctor and discuss.

      When I first started radiation, I got my period for 23 days straight. Now I haven't had a period since. I have visited my GYN several times as I'm too young for menopause but certainly I am in chemopause. Right now, my doctor suggested I wait about 6 months after all the treatment is over to see if my body will go back to it's old self. If not, we'll discuss what options I have as far as hormone replacement. Having a good relationship with my GYN while going through my cancer treatment has really helped me a lot. It never hurts to pick up the phone...

      over 4 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      I had problems with irregular menstruation prior to my menstruation completely stopping about 6 months prior to my being diagnosed as having ovarian cancer. It may have just been a coincidence since I was at the age typical for starting menopause. I had a hysterectomy and my ovaries and fallopian tubes removed because of my cancer.

      over 4 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      I had one last cycle which lasted more than two weeks and was the heaviest it ever was in my entire life. And I haven't had a cycle since. It went out with a bang! That was more than a year ago and I was undergoing chemo at that time.

      Both my ob/gyn and oncologist have told me that the chemo caused me to go into peri-menopause, but there was a chance that my cycle could begin again even up to a year after I had finished chemo. Not quite a year yet, but still no signs of a cycle. And I am definitely having other symptoms of being perimenopausal. Neither doctor is concerned and just blame it on being chemically induced.

      Prior to being diagnosed with colon cancer, I never went to the doctor except for an annual exam or if I was really, really sick, which was extremely rare. After an entire of year of doctor after doctor, I apologized to my GP the other day for what I felt was complaining. He said, "If you didn't complain, I wouldn't have a job." That's why doctors are doctors and that's why you have health insurance.


      over 4 years ago

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