• Perimenopause

    Why Do I Have Heavy Periods?

    Endometrial Hyperplasia During perimenopause you typically experience high levels of estrogen at the same time as lower levels of progesterone. It’s a bit later when estrogen begins to drop too and you are closer to a year without a period (that’s menopause). This high estrogen low progesterone state can cause Endometrial Hyperplasia (the excessive proliferation of the cells that line the uterus). Basically, the build up of your uterine lining (what you shed when you have your period). This condition can cause heavy and long periods and leave you at higher risk of uterine cancer. Heavy and long periods – I know them well. I’ve been dealing with them for…

  • Perimenopause

    Perimenopause – A Quick Definition

    This is mainly from The Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research at the University of British Columbia. It’s an incredible resource by the way— the most useful I’ve found so far. Perimenopause is the period of time before and for a year after the last menstrual period during which ovarian hormonal patterns, experiences and sociocultural roles change. The average age at which irregular cycles develop is about age 47. In CIS women with regular cycles perimenopause probably begins several years before that. It’s when the ovaries start are making fluctuating amounts of estrogen (often higher than before perimenopause) and lower amounts of progesterone. Like menopause, perimenopause is a normal…