Late Menopause? Overall a Good Thing

Maybe you were that girl. The last one to get her period. Maybe it’s déjà vu all over again as you wait… and wait… to cross the reproductive finish line. Menopause. It’s certainly been a thing for your girlfriends, but you only know about it secondhand.

Do not fret. Recent studies confirm a few educated guesses about women who begin menopause late, and most of it is good news for you.

Most women reach menopause between 45 and 55; the average age is 51. Menopause officially occurs one year after your last period. Late onset is considered anytime after age 55, at which point, a woman has been producing estrogen for at least 40 years, depending on when she began menstruating.

Factors that affect when a person begins her reproductive years and reaches menopause have a little to do with heredity and occasionally may be related to do with environmental factors. Those who smoke or live at high altitudes, for example, tend to begin menopause early. Most often, it occurs… well, when it occurs.

As any menopausal woman knows, estrogen is an important hormone that regulates lots of systems in your body, from your brain to your skin to your reproductive organs and keeps them running smoothly. That’s why the absence of estrogen in menopause sends you into such a tailspin and requires several years to adjust to.

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We know that estrogen has protective effects on our bones and our heart. Two large-scale, recent studies confirm that women who reach menopause late, and thus are exposed to estrogen for longer, also tend to have fewer cardiovascular problems, such as strokes or heart attacks.

For example, one very recent study looked at longitudinal data for over 3,000 women, specifically examining the reproductive years—the total number of years from first menstruation to menopause—in women age 60 or over. They determined that “every one-year increase in reproductive duration… was associated with a 3% reduction in a woman’s risk of angina or stroke.”

Women with more reproductive years are also at lower risk for osteoporosis and have fewer fractures. Since estrogen keeps skin smooth and supple, late menopause tends to keep your skin smooth and your vagina lubricated.

If you are still menstruating at 55, please continue your diligence with regular gynecological exams and screenings, while you enjoy your supple skin and healthy heart. I’ve seen more vulvar cancers in the last three months than in the previous 15 years, and these were among women who hadn’t had a pelvic exam in years.

Overall, you’ll probably live longer, according to two large-scale studies. A 2005 study followed 12,134 Dutch women for 17 years and found that, when all the risk and protective factors were considered, “the net effect was an increased life span.”

Another study examined the effect of late menopause on the chances of living to age 90. These researchers selected a diverse group of post-menopausal women from the Women’s Health Initiative, the massive study of 16,251 women that ran from 1993-1998, and followed them until 2014. Of the 55 percent of women who reached age 90, odds of survival for those with over 40 reproductive years were 13 percent higher.

Neither lifestyle, weight, reproductive factors, contraception use, nor hormone therapy nor significantly altered these survival rates. The determining factor was the number of reproductive years.

“Later age at menopause is associated with better health, longer life and less cardiovascular disease,” said Ellen B. Gold, a professor emeritus in public health at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine in this article.

So buckle up, late bloomers, it might be a smoother, longer ride than you thought. 


Dr. Barb DePree MD
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100 Responses

Dr Barb
Dr Barb

August 31, 2020

Shannon, great question! We have several posts that you can find to get you started https://middlesexmd.com/blogs/drbarb/fight-menopausal-weight-gain-your-diet?pos=2&sid=a59478b4f&ss=r and https://middlesexmd.com/blogs/drbarb/fight-menopausal-weight-gain-your-diet?pos=2&sid=a59478b4f&ss=r You can find more by typing “diet” and “exercise” in the search on our site.

Shannon
Shannon

August 31, 2020

For those who have late menopause, can you share what you do with your diet and exercise?

Dr Barb
Dr Barb

August 18, 2020

Edna, First, we hope you mistyped and it’s eight glasses of water you’re drinking every day! Assuming you are, it sounds like you’re doing many of the right things. You didn’t say whether you’re still having periods or whether you’re in an intimate relationship. Unless you’re menopausal (one year since your last period), you do need to continue to think about contraception. A visit with your health care provider would be a good next step. If you’re still menstruating, the pill may be helping you manage perimenopausal symptoms by evening out hormones. You may be ready to change to another form of hormone therapy designed more for your overall health than contraception.

Edna
Edna

August 18, 2020

hello my name is Edna, im 56 years old and I still take birth control pills. I was 17 years old when I started my period. Feel like I should stop taking them, any thoughts or suggestions would help. I don’t smoke, drink occasionally, i drink at least 8 glasses of wine daily. Would really appreciate any feedback. Thank you 😊🙏

Dr Barb
Dr Barb

August 17, 2020

Barb C, while it is normal to have irregular cycles, there are things that you can do to improve your quality of life. You can bring this up with your doctor or nurse. Let them know that you understand that your cycle has a mind of its own, but you would like to explore options that would be beneficial to your quality of life. Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself.

Barb C
Barb C

August 17, 2020

I’m 58. Haven’t had a period in 5 months then I had 3. Doctor said it’s normal. My hormones are out of whack. Bad joint pain an inflammation. Do you think I’m close to ending periods? I want to feel normal again with no pain. Help!!

Dr Barb
Dr Barb

August 17, 2020

Joynab, if your mother hasn’t been having her period and is now bleeding again, she needs to see her doctor. Bleeding and large clots are a sign that something may be wrong and need to be checked.

Lynn
Lynn

August 17, 2020

I’m 59 and just had a period after 8 months. My PMS symptoms, bloating, pre-cramps, etc. were the same as usual, so I could tell I was getting a period. I do not have hot flashes or any menopausal symptoms. I do carry a lot of weight, which could be a determining factor. People never guess my age either and think I’m lying. I don’t have many grey hairs either. I also started my periods early at the age of 10.

Joynab
Joynab

August 17, 2020

My mother is almost 57, and she still having her period. She got her period when she was 14. She bleeds everyday for months and years now. Somedays it would be light to nothing and somedays it would be very heavy. Yesterday, she said large blood clots are coming out. She does not have any cramps, but a little bit of back pain. She had heavy period in 2016, and now it is here again. I think this one is heavier. Does it consider as menopause?

Dr Barb
Dr Barb

August 10, 2020

Sheila, while the average age of menopause is 51, the range of menopause is ages 40-58, so it is not unusual to still have some periods at age 56. This doesn’t seem like an indication to do an endometrial biopsy (which is using an instrument to pass through the cervix and take a sample of tissue from the uterine cavity). If a woman has gone 12 months without a period, she is then considered menopausal and any bleeding after that time is called ‘postmenopausal bleeding’ and we recommend evaluation.

Sheila
Sheila

August 10, 2020

What I didn’t appreciate was my doctor(male) telling me he would insert this weird looking device through my cervix without any anesthesia. I have never had children, so having that done is out of the question. I have very good insurance and will not tolerate an unnecessary trauma. Find a more humane way to do a biopsy. I.have not gone a full year without a cycle, and I am 56. Maybe 2 a year. Then I was told by him that I should have be in menopause at 51. Why???

Barbara
Barbara

July 28, 2020

I am 53 years old and still have my period
And had it since I was 9 years old ..
I’m still bleeding every month and for some reason I’m bleeding for the last 3 week now ..
Please go a way…

Aren
Aren

July 27, 2020

Gone over a year just lately like a switch turning off night sweats stopped hot sweats stopped all in one day, started with sore boobs a bit scratchy mood, then. 2 weeks later like a mucus pinky plug on wiping myself and then a period WHAT ? but deffo a period 59 just gone in may ???

Dr Barb
Dr Barb

July 21, 2020

Funeka, Any bleeding in menopause requires evaluation. Please call your provider to let them know so an exam and assessment can be done.

Funeka
Funeka

July 21, 2020

I am 62 and just out of the blue after so many years without my periods I started bleeding. I don’t feel any pains but just worried .

Cynthia
Cynthia

July 14, 2020

I turned 59 In March I was about 11/12 when I got my first period. My last period came in June 2020 it lasted 7/8 days. In 2019 I saw one period in Nov that lasted 5/6 days. So I’m averaging about once a year, sometimes I have spotting as well. Mamo was normal. I just did a blood test to determine If menopause or per. My doctor feels this is not normal, however my mom confirmed her and my grandma had the same issue. I feel great a little flashing here and there.

Dr Barb
Dr Barb

July 06, 2020

Beth, Women in late perimenopause will often experience heavier periods. This can be managed by Ibuprofen (800 mg every 8 hours, starting as soon as the period starts, can reduce bleeding by 30%), Lysteda (prescription) 2 table 3X/d on the heavy days (can reduce bleeding by up to 50%). Mirena IUD inserted into the uterus (60-80% of women will stop bleeding within 3-6 months, if you don’t have contraindications a low dose birth control pill can work well to manage periods too. Talk to your provider about which options are best for you.

Beth
Beth

July 06, 2020

I am still having my monthly cycle at 54 and according to my OBGYN my uterus lining is thick. I am physically active by fast walking and single water skiing. My only concern is that when I’m on my cycle I get so tired and bleed heavy the first few days. As a widow, taking care of my 3 daughters is a chore at this time. Any suggestions?

Raven
Raven

June 29, 2020

I will be turning 59 this July… early this month, had came in my cycle and it lasted 7/8 days. The cycle before this was around Christmas 2019. I keep a record on how many times a year I have a cycle. I’ve been doing this, coming on my cycle twice , maybe 3 times every year since I’d started perimenopause when I turned 45. Started having my very first period between the age of 12/13. I still look like my in my 30’s. I do pilates on occasion… don’t drink alcohol nor soda pop, smoke, haven’t had any red meat since the year y2k and once a year I would fast for 21 days. Been fasting since I was 17.

Lori
Lori

June 24, 2020

I am 55 and still get my period every 28 days i also get sore breasts and emotional a few days before. I have also experienced better orgasms i have ever had. My body reacts differently. My man doesn’t believe i haven’t always been like this. I hope it doesn’t stop when my periods do.

Kimberly
Kimberly

June 22, 2020

Been doing some research because i’m 57 1/2 and still having my cycle. Started at 11 years old. Not sure what to make of it but happy I dont have some of the symptoms others talk about.

Marilyn
Marilyn

June 15, 2020

53 years old. 1st period at 13yrs old. No sign of stopping as far as I can tell. Monthly periods are regular every 28 to 30 days. No bleeding in between. Periods are routine. No history of smoking. Very rarely drink wine only. Exercise is fair. Mother says her cycle ended in her 60s. And I didnt particularly notice in menopausal signs in her. Maybe a few hot flashes, but that seemed rare. So this article is encouraging on the health benefit of late onset menopause.

Sue
Sue

June 05, 2020

turned 59 in February this year. My last period was August last year, so if not period by August this year Its finally happened! I started my periods at 11. I haven’t felt any hot flushes yet, skin is drier, mood a bit strange occasionally. So far its been very mild. I hope it stays that way!
Leslie
Leslie

May 11, 2020

I just turned 56. Got my first period at 15! Had 6 weeks of bleeding last year – saw Dr., Had exam, biopsy, ultrasound – all normal. Was told I was unusual. Blood work showed I was in menopause. Then came 11 months of sleeplessness, hot flashes – thought I would finally be done. Woke up a few days ago with intestinal and back pain, migraines for several days – then bleeding again. Got on several websites – have been crying, shaking, nauseated at the prospect that I might have cancer. You all have given me hope that I may just be having my period instead of facing death! Kind of like a “social Xanax” to help calm me down. Of course, I still plan on making a drs. Appt., But I am grateful for all your comments and experiences. You give me HOPE!

Dr Barb
Dr Barb

May 08, 2020

Sheila: This blog post may help https://middlesexmd.com/blogs/drbarb/46966211-the-stages-of-menopause Unfortunately, the path to menopause is not linear.

Dr Barb
Dr Barb

May 08, 2020

Lovelyn: Pregnancy tests are highly accurate. Repeating another now could be further confirmation of no pregnancy. We do recommend some form of BC until the full 12 months of time has passed since the last period, you can have a rare ovulatory event. If you ovulate later in perimenopause it isn’t preceded by a period so you cannot use any method or rhythm or calendaring. On the other hand, the quality of egg formation/ovulation in late perimenopause is very poor so the likelihood of conception even if you were to ovulate is very low.

Sheila
Sheila

May 08, 2020

I am so glad to have found this site. The information I have read on the internet is confusing and disheartening. It says once you have gone 1 full year without a cycle, then you can consider yourself in ‘menopause’, Then it turns right around and tell you if you go 6 months without a cycle, and then start your cycle, then you need to be seen my a GYN. Which is it? :-/

Lovelyn
Lovelyn

May 08, 2020

I am 53. I think I have entered the perimenopausal stage. I have hot flushes at night, less or disturbed sleep, dry vagina and less interest in sex. My last period was in September 2019. In February 2020, I had sexual intercourse with my husband and considered it safe since I did not have periods for consecutive four and a half months. I somehow felt a little uneasy with anxiety about the possibility of pregnancy since we didn’t use contraceptives. To ensure myself that I am not pregnant I took a home pregnancy test in April 2020. It showed a negative for pregnancy with only C having a pink line. Can I be sure that I have not conceived? I don’t want any pregnancy at this age. Please tell me doctor if the test result can be trusted. I am fine and strongly think that I am not pregnant. Would greatly feel relieved if you share your views Doctor and assure me that I am not pregnant. Thanks.

Karenwslp
Karenwslp

May 08, 2020

On my 50th b day, the anatomy check ultrasound revealed me in the middle of ovulating and on the dude I told her I’m due to ovulate. My question is this. Sinner now I’m 50.5 abs have an extremely predictable 29 day cycle, the amount of bleeding is same since was 13, n my tests show all normal hormone levels, can I still get pregnant?

Dawn
Dawn

April 15, 2020

I’m glad I am not the only one in this boat! I am 57 and have gone 3-6 months between periods. This last episode I have gone 6 months and then bam – now bleeding again and sore breasts. Previous to this episode, I have gone from bleeding regularly for 3 months, then stop for 3-4 months and then nothing for another 3-4 months.

I did have an ablation in 2017, but after a couple months continued to have regular monthly cycles until the last year or so.

I don’t have family history to compare this to since my mom, my aunt and my younger sister all had hysterectomies before the age of 50. I figured with the hot flashes I have that the end was in sight, but after reading this site and the comments, I will hang on for the ride. I just hate how it interferes in our active sex life and having to be prepared for the unexpected/untimed bleed when we travel.

PATRICIA
PATRICIA

April 12, 2020

WOW, glad I ran across this site to, I’m 54, soon to be 55 in Aug, my periods started at 13, my last real period was December 20119, I had a little bit of spotting in Jan. My fibroids and a cyst was acting up for a minute, had U/Ss, and everything checked out fine, my doc said, my ovaries look good, just like you all, I was the only one still buying pads and I was proud 😂😂, I was told I was perimeno, both of my sister’s complained about hot flashes long before me, I haven’t had that yet. Sometimes I did feel like a science project to the docs 😂😂, but, I never let them take my IUD away from me…they tried, I resisted. Im a grandmother, I didn’t want to be a mother again, I told them Im still enjoying sex, and was gonna keep birth control, reproductive organs don’t need to be told what to do…they already know. I really enjoyed all of you ladies stories, its nice to know, we are not alone, we got each other in this, and we are okay. Do not be to worried sisters.

Kate
Kate

April 01, 2020

I’m 58 and my periods were like clockwork every month. Until about 10 months ago, when they stopped. So this took me totally by surprise! I thought those days were over since my last period was about 10-11 months ago. I was kinda excited actually because I was coming up on a year. Then one day I felt cramping like my period and thought wow, this feels like my period is coming but I just dismissed it. Later that day it appeared. I’m like no way!!! But yes it’s true.
So now I have to start all over again.
Glad I’m not alone and you ladies understand.

Christy
Christy

March 31, 2020

61, still getting mine, not as regular now, but more often than I’d like, haha. Progesterone levels high enough to get pregnant if I were not “fixed”, haha. Oh well.

Jeannie
Jeannie

March 16, 2020

I am going to be 57 this month I started menopause went well over a year without a. So I was considered in menopause. Started having a period Again about 9 months ago. It is been pretty much a solid nine months I’m having a. Period Only a few days in between without. There are some days that it’s very light and a lot more days that is extremely heavy. I have gone to see a OBGYN and so far the tests of all came back positive and I have not been given any choices of anything I can do. I’m at a loss and don’t know what to do or if there’s anything I can do. If you have any suggestions please give them. I would truly appreciate it. It’s becoming a little more than overwhelming.

Dr Barb
Dr Barb

March 16, 2020

Jennie, This is not normal and needs to be managed. I think you need to consider seeking another opinion about options to find a better solution. It’s difficult to tell you how to best manage because there are many factors to consider about your history and health risks and the assessment done so far. But doing nothing doesn’t seem to be working well, and there should be options to address this.

Taylor
Taylor

March 10, 2020

I recently had my gyn exam, and like others, doc made me concerned because I still have cycles at 56. I do have two fibroids & a cyst on each ovary when ovulating, which he said I still have eggs. That blew me away. I’ve heard so many things regarding the female reproductive system, which I don’t seem to be fitting the mode of. I am so grateful I came across this article with all the comments from late on-setters like myself. I experienced a cycle after ending 2.5 weeks ago, although I have a cold and wondered if it was related. Is this part of perimenopause? Is it serious? Has anybody else experienced more frequent cycles at this stage?

Taylor
Taylor

March 10, 2020

I recently had my gyn exam, and like others, doc made me concerned because I still have cycles at 56. I do have two fibroids & had a cyst on each ovary which he said I still have eggs. That blew me away. I’ve heard so many things regarding the female reproductive system, which I don’t seem to be fitting the mode regarding. I am so grateful I came across this article with all the comments from late on-setters like myself. But, now, I re-started after ending 2.5 weeks ago, although I have a cold and wondered if it was related. Do you know?

Pamela
Pamela

March 09, 2020

I’m 56 & periods stopped many months ago, now has started again! 6 days of migraines, crying, anxiety, depression, insomia all has started up again! I can’t take any script drugs as they all give me harsh side effects. I do take natural supplements. Sorry, I don’t find any benefit to this & just want it to be over with. Took birth control for years to stop the periods, this increased the migraines. Tried HRT which also increased the migraines. It is a roller coaster ride & I just want to get off of it!!!

Debra
Debra

March 06, 2020

I’ll be 58 this year and my periods are more regular now than they were 30 years ago! Sometimes a bit longer and heavier, but still come every month. Glad to read there may be benefits to this inconvenience!!! Have never had a hot flash either. All of my friends are done….I’m the only one still buying tampons!!!

Debbie
Debbie

March 03, 2020

I’m 54 yrs old I went 16 months without a period then bam it hit me 8days still going strong, and here I thought it was all over with…uggggg

Laura
Laura

March 03, 2020

Finally, I have found some answers and other people like me!

am 59 with the oestrogen levels of a 25 year old, which causes fibroids and a puzzled gynae whose answer is ‘hysterectomy’! With a thickened lining a Mirena was put in 2 years ago, so its difficult to tell how regular my cycle would be without it, but I’m still getting periods. I tell them, I’m not through the menopause, they look like I’m mad and go back to talking about post menopausal bleeding.

Even now, having had a thorough ultrasound folllwed by MRI which found no bad signs, they still want to whip out my uterus ‘just in case’ the slightly unusual but smallish fibroid might become malignant.

Men and their Medicine, if men had the menopause so much more would be known about it and how it’s not one track for all.

Tracy
Tracy

February 29, 2020

Dr. Barb,
Can someone please tell me why we women sit back and take this crap. I’m 58 still have a period every month and have sense I was 11. It’s total crap that this is a benefit. When men stopped getting woodies they weren’t told it was a benefit, they created a pill to give them what they wanted. I assure you they is not one single female in my age range, still suffering with a period that finds it a benefit, this is a male dominated medical world, women’s health has never been the forefront of anything. We women should be allowed to say enough is enough and be heard, the medical fails has dis-served women all along, doubtful in my lifetime that will change but for the young ladies starting out, I hope it is different for them. As a woman and doctor you should be ashamed of yourself for perpetuating the male dominated field of women’s health is less worthy. Obviously you are not pushing sixty and still dealing with a period. I guarantee you would a will feel very differently if I’m time your so blessed.
I wish a long reproductive life, may it carry you into your 70’s.

lulu
lulu

February 24, 2020

I’ll be 61 in may and I still menstruate every 4 months, health checkups say everything is fine…….so there…i have discussed this with a few women and they look at me as some sort of alien that they can’t understand…sigh

Dr Barb
Dr Barb

February 03, 2020

Amanda-Jane, this is classic perimenopausal bleeding. Most women do some variation of this on the journey to menopause. Once we have ruled out any serious condition there isn’t a great deal that can be done to change the bleeding pattern. This is a time you can consider using a birth control pill to regulate bleeding, or place a Mirena IUD to lessen bleeding, but all in all we usually reassure women that this will be somewhat temporary (that said, it is impossible to anticipate whether this will recur often or never again) and while a nuisance is not worrisome.

Margaret
Margaret

January 31, 2020

Well, this just depresses me. I have suffered with super heavy, long, and frequent periods for over 3 years. I will turn 53 next month. I finally had an ablation, bled for 4 weeks after it, took 5 weeks off, then started a regular period. Lasted 7 days. I should be thankful that my flow wasn’t excessive as it has been, but I am just ready to be done. Started my period at 12, had my last child at 30. I just want it to stop.

Amanda-Jane
Amanda-Jane

February 03, 2020

I am 52, with regular 5 day periods and a clockwork cycke. However for the last 2 months my periods have gone on and on and on. A trip to the gyno has ruled out fibroids, menopause….internal, bloods and scans done. Will this continue? The period fades from normal blood loss, to smaller brown clots and stains…but last time it lasted 3 weeks!!! Then bang on schedule it arrived on time! Any experience of this please? Thank u

Arcy
Arcy

January 29, 2020

I’m going to be 52 & I still get regular cycles, so happy to know I’m not the only one. I started when I was 9years old & had my 1st child at 25. I must say I am sexually active & happy I’m able to enjoy it without any lubricant. I went to my Dr & he said I had good health but my iron was a bit low so needed to take iron 1day. I really was looking forward to not ever having a period after 50 but like other women here I will just embrace it. Looking 10 years younger is a plus! Thank you Dr for this article.

Stephanie
Stephanie

January 24, 2020

I am 56 years old as of December 25 2019. I get my period regularly right on time. No irregularities. No signs of stopping. Just want to validate this is normal. Since all my friends and family are done lol. Now when i ask for a tampon no one has one. Really! They look at me like i am crazy.

Dr Barb
Dr Barb

January 16, 2020

Stephanie: You are absolutely a variation of normal, but normal, and I’d say be grateful for this prolonged service you have gotten from your ovaries! The range of menopause is usually stated as ages 40-58 (but I’ve had some that were quite regular up until age 60). No one escapes menopause, you won’t either, but there is no evaluation available or needed to assess what sounds like is normal. Thyroid disease shouldn’t impact this.

Stephanie
Stephanie

January 16, 2020

Hi! I’ll be 56 in 2 days and have never skipped a period since I started menstruating the month before I turned 13. The only change I have noticed is that the bleeding has gotten lighter.

About 2 years ago, at my last OB/GYN appointment (she retired), I asked my doctor about this and she said it was simply heredity. You state that it has little to do with herdedity and I have read that elsewhere as well.

I am a normal weight (5’4", 125 lb.s), but I DO have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, largely controlled with medication (the endocrinologist and I are having a hard time finding the right dose of T3 and T4).

Are there steps I should be taking (other than the fact that I am overdue for an annual with an OB/GYN) that I am not?

Nan
Nan

January 07, 2020

First period at 11 years old, no 55.5 years old, still not in menopause according to blood tests. I had an ablation a couple of years ago so no monthly menses (I highly recommend you ask about this procedure!). Glad to hear no negatives with late onset menopause.

Jana
Jana

December 29, 2019

Thank you to all of you marvellous women who have candidly shared your stories here! I am 54, still having regular cycles and dealing with many of the symptoms mentioned here. Reading all of these posts has made me feel so much better … aside from our one sister who still has her period at 70!

Lettizia
Lettizia

December 16, 2019

I am 56 and thought I was done! After having my last, not so normal period, seven months ago. I then experienced a slight gush of bleeding and then just light spotting same day about 3 months ago; it was a one day thing. Well now, I had my period again, very normal and steady; which for me, normal is heavy bleeding. I was experiencing my normal cramping and breasts hurting days before, and I was almost certain, I was going to have a period from the symptoms. I just can’t believe it; I thought I was actually done with them! I have been taking iron, folic acid, and B12 about 2 to 3 times daily, for about a month now and am wondering if this could be the reason for having a normal period.

Roseanne
Roseanne

December 10, 2019

To nannette. Im 59 and had tests on my women parts. All normal. So doctors act like its craxy but after reading comments i donr think we are.

Dr Barb
Dr Barb

November 25, 2019

Serenella , we would definitely recommend a visit to your doctor. There are options… the simplest of which may be some hormones in the form of an oral contraceptive to balance things out during the transition.

Serenella
Serenella

November 25, 2019

I’m 57 and can’t leave the house because the bleeding is so heavy, which comes about every 3 weeks

Laura
Laura

November 25, 2019

I just turned 57 and got a cycle this past week. It’s heavy after having very light bleeding the previous few months. I’ve gone as long as five months without a period, so I know I’m nearing the end. I very ready for this nonsense to stop but comforted by the health advantages it may bring me. I don’t dye my hair and have very few grays and my skin is still looks pretty good which I assume could be related to the estrogen. Most people think I’m younger than I am.

Vie
Vie

November 11, 2019

Yes i am worried same with me im still having a menstruation im already 50 yrs old and im thinking there is some problem about my hormones

Lese
Lese

October 28, 2019

I’m 56 and still having sporadic bleeding. Every time I think it’s finally over (this last time it went 7 months) after an ER visit last December for heavy bleeding that wouldn’t stop. An ultrasound was done which showed what I already knew from one done two years prior. There are three uterine fibroids. I’ve had them removed before but they always grew back. The first surgery was in my early twenties where they found a large grapefruit sized one that had strangulated their left ovary and Fallopian tube. They were going to do a hysterectomy but the surgeon told me he decided to leave the right side intact but that I would only have a fifty percent chance of ever having children. God blessed me with my daughter within one year and my son two years later. Reading this article is good news. Maybe that explains why I still enjoy sex so much! 😂 It really does keep you young. Most people are surprised when they find out my age.

Marva
Marva

October 21, 2019

I’m so glad I found this..lol I think I have you all beat I’ll be 70 in Jan. and still having a cycle.. I’ve had two biopsies in the last fifteen yrs. and they found nothing. I’m seeing a new Dr. now who wants more tests. Here we go again..

Dr Barb
Dr Barb

September 13, 2019

Clenzen, I’m not sure why they would want an U/S again, going 4 months without a period and then having one doesn’t sound like a concern, this is what perimenopausal women do! The reason to consider update U/S may be based on your exam suggesting a change in the size of the fibroid, possibly.

Clenzen
Clenzen

September 13, 2019

Hello DrBarb
I’m 56 I had a work up done 2 years ago everything came out fine I had a fibroid. Still having period went 4 months without then had one in August now my Gyn wants an US done what do you think I’m all nervous again

Karen
Karen

August 30, 2019

Wow! So glad I found this article and all of your comments! I’m 56 and my periods stopped almost 2 years ago and started up again about 4 months ago! They are very light…more like just brown spotting, but I still get a migraine and feel more tired during that time. I’ve had a pelvic exam and sonogram, and everything checked out fine. I started my period when I was 13 and never had any children. My periods were always pretty light with little cramping, but about 2 years ago they became VERY heavy and lasted 2-3 weeks for about 4 months and then suddenly stopped. Thought I was done. Now they’ve started up again! They are not bad, but I sure wish I didn’t have to deal with the migraines again!! :(

Karen
Karen

August 26, 2019

Very reassuring to read this article and to hear from other 55 year old ladies walking the same path. I don’t know of any of my peers who still menstruate regularly. I feel fabulous and have no hormonal issues apart from feeling a bit headachy and tired before my period, a wonderful sex life and am mistaken for being 10 years younger than I am. Had 6 uneventful pregnancies and nursed each child for an average of 18 months. I actually went about 10 years without experiencing a period during the years I had my babies. Starting with second child I would be pregnant, nursing and then conceive again. I remember Dr asking when my LMP was when I realized I was pregnant with 5th child and I said, “About 8 years ago”! Haha. So maybe all that breastfeeding safeguarded my eggs hence late onset menopause!

Carol
Carol

August 19, 2019

I just turned 57 and I spot or a little bleed one or two days between 4-6 weeks. Gynecologist says I am still cycling. Started at 14 – day after my birthday. My cycles were always 5 weeks apart (not 4). I had two pregnancies where my kids were born 1 minute after due date and on due date. I won’t take hrt. My mother did after her hysterectomy and she never got off them until after stroke. I can Time my hotflashes (3-5 minutes) – I just let them happen. I wondered if my lapses in breastfeeding and my cycle being 5 weeks is the reason why I still have my cycle. As I said my cycle is light and no more than one or two days. It was very heavy a few years ago. I just let it happen to me. It finally got lighter. Naturally. I take a iron pill and a multi vitamin. I think I need more vitamin A. I think there is a connection between it and estrogen. Anyway – glad to read the posts. Thanks.

Dr Barb
Dr Barb

August 07, 2019

Mary-this is not normal or expected at this age. It is important to see your provider for assessment of the bleeding at age 63.

Mary
Mary

August 07, 2019

Hi I am 63 and still having periods with really sore cramps is this normal cause feel unwell 2 days before cramps that last throughout the five to seven days with heavy bleeding for 3 days

Debbie  Michele
Debbie Michele

July 31, 2019

I’ll be 55 tomorrow and felt like I was the only one still having a regular cycle. I wish it would skip a month or two just so I can get a break from these cramps!! I’m looking forward to this ending!!

Sharon
Sharon

July 30, 2019

Well I’m 58 and menstruated every month. I’ve had all my test done for cancer and everything was good Obgyn said I’m a late bloomer! I do recall as a young girl my grandma having one later as well so there you go that’s where I inherited from! 😊💕💕

Sherri
Sherri

July 31, 2019

I’m 54 soon to be 55 in August. Quite frankly I’m tired of my periods. I don’t seem to be able to skip more than 3 months and it’s back again. It starts off usually brownish and then starts getting bright red. I have the bladder pressure all the time and frequent potty visits. I’m terrified of getting breast cancer too since I started my periods at age 12. I have never given birth either. And was on a very short round of HRT (divigel/prometrium) and Activella when I was age 51/52. I took HRT off and on for about a year but totalling in all around 4 months though with several months in between. Won’t consider HRT now.

Chris
Chris

July 15, 2019

So, so happy to have come across this article! I turned 55 this past February and thought I was in the home stretch as I went nine months period free. I was getting hot flashes, mostly during the night, but they started to dissipate. In April I had signs I was ovulating and sure enough, two weeks later I had very light staining. It wasn’t much to speak of but there it was. I didn’t have any bleeding in May, but two weeks ago the signs of ovulation appeared yet again and today I’m having light bleeding that is dark brown and minor cramping. When I saw my gynecologist a month ago for my annual she told me to come see her immediately if I bleed again. Ugh!

Dee
Dee

July 11, 2019

I was worried about still having my period. I am 53 and still flowing heavily. I saw my doctor who have me a hormone test and said I am not menopausal. So I guess I will sit back and enjoy this adventure! I was 17 when my period started so maybe that explains it. Enjoy all you late bloomer!

Diana
Diana

June 26, 2019

So glad I found this. I’m 56, soon to be 57. I went 8 months without a period & then started staining on/off. This month I got a period. Thought I was done!

Teresa Medina
Teresa Medina

June 26, 2019

I’m 55 and still having my cycle, extremly heavy the first three days. I’m glad to hear I’m not alone. Hopefully this leads yo a long and healthy life.

Mary
Mary

June 26, 2019

I’m 56 and I’m paralyzed with fear that I’ll get breast cancer since I’m still getting my period. It seems like it’s an epidemic and I’m terrified!

Jeanne
Jeanne

June 26, 2019

I am 59 and until about 3 years ago, I had full-blown periods, although they became irregular. The cycles then progressed into slight brown spotting.every couple of months. I went to two doctors who will not even consider that I still have a period. They think I have “post-menopausal” bleeding and want to do biopsies and d&c’s. I know my body and I know I have not gone through menopause yet. I believe everyone’s body is different and there are no cut and dry rules. Has anyone else had regular periods turn to brown spotting?

Moekneeq
Moekneeq

May 29, 2019

I’m so glad I found this website. I’m 54 and still get periods. They skip a month or two but it always show up at a time of inconvenience. So glad I’m not alone.

Jacqueline
Jacqueline

May 27, 2019

OMG I went into a panic mode. It’s been at least. 3 years since I’ve had a cycle and all of sudden the come mothet nature. My breast was sore for at least for 2 wks. This explains it. I thought I was done; guess not. I’m so glad that I am not the only one. Thanks ladies for discussing info. Needed that :)

Tamra
Tamra

May 27, 2019

I am 55 and still bleeding monthly. I otherwise feel great and look great so maybe it’s a good thing. I have given birth to 5 healthy children. I am taking estradiol and progesterone because I experienced a few hot flashes which I despised. My doctor says all is well and not to worry :)

Debbie
Debbie

May 27, 2019

I just turned 57 last month. I still get my period every month. The most I have gone without a period was 2 months. So. After reading this article is it understood that by me getting my period still is a good thing?

Denise
Denise

May 22, 2019

So glad I found this blog…I was talking to my sister who was suggesting “there might be something wrong” & should see a gynecologist…I am 55 & just went 7 months without a period. I have been getting my annual checkups & paps with my GP for the past 3 yrs and with bloodwork know that I am in a peri menopausal state. So when I told her I just got a period after 7 months without one (it’s not a full blown period, lots of brown spotting & clotting) for 11 days now, she had concerns & while talking to other friends my age (55) they said that they had one last hooorah of a period before they finally went 1 yr without a period of any kind. I was sad that I made it 7 months but now after reading many of these experiences, am even more hopeful that my time has come. I do take promethium 100mg’s for the hot flashes I was experiencing, I just think I may discuss with the Doc the benefits of continuing/discontinuing the this therapy (whether or is playing a part of delaying the final stopping or continuation of my period?

Linda
Linda

May 08, 2019

I’m 57 and it was almost 9 months last Year and it showed up light. So this would have been 6months and the same thing happened. Praying that this will end .

Dr Barb
Dr Barb

May 08, 2019

Karen, Thank you for sharing and I’m so glad to hear that you will be going to see your OBGYN, it is important to take care of you and find a way to manage your cycle as it winds down.

Karen
Karen

May 08, 2019

I’m 52 and have been menstruating since I was 14 years old and have been in peri menopause for about the last five years. I have good genes already so I’m not worried about smooth younger looking skin (I look about 40 anyway). My main concern is that having a period is taking the life out of me, literally! Thank goodness that I’m beginning to skip months but when my cycle shows up, it shows out! I work in law enforcement and have had to go on intermittent family medical leave because of the flooding and chronic anemia that lands me in the hospital every now and then for a transfusion. It’s become a huge headache to deal with and quite embarrassing because I’ve actually flooded my whole uniform while on duty. My primary care physician only suggests to continue taking iron or the other extreme, a hysterectomy which I’m not interested in getting because I’ve already been cut too many times in that area and have lots of scar tissue. I will make an appointment with my OB/GYN soon to explore other options because this is ruining my whole life. Kudos to you seniors who feel fabulous bleeding after retirement, but I’d rather not.

Stefanie
Stefanie

May 02, 2019

Im 55 and still getting regular periods, for some reason Im very happy about this. I don’t look forward to menopause. I think its a mental thing about the realization of aging.

Stef

Lisa
Lisa

May 02, 2019

Hi there great to feel it’s safe to still have periods at 50 thinking should just let my body go with nature just have to keep buying 50 packs of always every mouth 🤣

Gail
Gail

April 29, 2019

I’m 56 and have heavy periods due to fibroids which were investigated last year. I’m now taking HRT Femoston 1/10 conti.. since taking it my periods are more heavy.. My question is.. is this coincidence or just due to the fibroids please.. I don’t want to stop the HRT as it’s sorted out moods, sweats and I feel so much better in myself

Dr Barb
Dr Barb

April 29, 2019

Gail: HRT may worsen bleeding in perimenopausal women, it can make bleeding somewhat less regular and heavier. If you feel well on the HRT other than the bleeding, then addressing the bleeding may be important. There are a variety of tools available to do that, you should talk to your provider about what makes sense. Or maybe even though they are heavier, they are managable. Hopefully there won’t be too many years of periods to have to manage, in theory at age 56 there shouldn’t be too many!

Naomi
Naomi

April 27, 2019

I’m 56 and started menstruating at 13. I cycle every month like clock work, in fact the last ten years have been more “regular” then earlier in my life. I’m happy to hear I’m not alone. It was interesting to learn about the studies of women who benefit from have longer reproductive years. Every once in a while I get some hot flashes or crazy emotions, but taking DIM (Di-Indole Methane) has worked wonders for me. I stay fit, and eat clean so I’m excited for new beginnings as I age. I am planning to move to higher altitude in a year, so it will be interesting to see if that effects anything. Although it may be hard to tell at my age anyway. Thanks for the article.

Lisa
Lisa

April 27, 2019

I am 56 still getting my period…I thought I was done after not getting a period for 10 months and then I Just got it. I also have had two pituitary tumors but never had a problem with my cycle…I was diagnosed with endometriosis in my late 40’s…could all these factors cause my delay with going through menopause? My drs say no.
My gynecologist keeps on saying he wants to do a hysterectomy on me Because of my age but I want my body to go thru it naturally…I have had many ultra sounds I show no signs of menopause…I am the only one of my friends that still have a period …not sure what I should do because of my endometriosis….I have no pain when I have my period but am wondering if I am putting off the inevitable of having a hysterectomy …
Thanks for any feedback you can give me

Robinson LY
Robinson LY

April 23, 2019

I will be 53 next month, and still menstruating like clock work.. I have had my period since age 11 and had 6 pregnacies along with breastfeeding gave me a few breaks. I have fibroids and I am very anemic, so definitely ready for this to end.

Dr Barb
Dr Barb

April 18, 2019

Debi, Ablation is indicated for excessive menstrual bleeding, it is not a guarantee that there will be no further bleeding. It typically reduces blood loss, and in some cases that is no further bleeding, but it is not unusual to have continued lighter periods.

The part that doesn’t add up completely is that the labs suggest menopause but still regular periods. This likely speaks into the limitation of doing lab work on perimenopausal women, the values day to day and aren’t very predictive of what to expect. At this age menopause should be happening sooner, rather than later. Generally we expect 99% of women to be menopausal by age 58. Here is an article that explores why labs can’t always give us a firm answer: https://middlesexmd.com/blogs/drbarb/46953219-one-test-where-grades-don-t-count

Debi
Debi

April 18, 2019

I am 56 yrs old. I had hydrothermal endometrial ablation 5 mos ago. It didn’t work and I continue to have periods. My doctor says my labs show I am post menopausal. I have occasional night sweats, am unusually weepy. I’ve always been super high energy but I tire easily now. I’m relieved to know so many other women my age are still having periods but wonder if this is all normal after ablation.

Susan
Susan

April 15, 2019

I am so excited to find this post. I am soon to be 60 years old. I had my first child at 41 years old and now he’s 18. My period came on last month and here it is again in april. After reading the post I can appreciate everyone comments. Thanks so much for sharing. I look forward to my latter years towards good health.

Kristen
Kristen

April 13, 2019

Well, I am grateful for this post. Information is everywhere, sometimes so unclear! I am so grateful for the mood swings, swelling, weight gain and full on anemia. Sorry for the negativity, but I have to get up in the morning and work. I mean really go to work. Constantly running to the bathroom, stuffing tampons in my pocket, feeling blood flow after sitting down in front of computers and taking phone calls. I am worn out….I mean it. Estrogen is doing nothing for me. If you guys are so worried about wrinkles, go see a dermatologist and get a chemical peel. It will take five years off your face and estrogen won’t do that for you. When I finally have the energy to lost weight, work out and fix wrinkles, it won’t be when I have my period. I hate it. Hate it. Hate it. Usually, when I am working outside, and it is 90 plus degrees, is when I am in full blown blood draw. At 52. Are you jealous? If I look pale, weak, sick, no energy, can’t help anyone but myself and running to the bathroom, it’s because of my period. I am not planning to have kids, I need a break from this. I hope the party will be over soon.

Cynthia
Cynthia

April 12, 2019

I am soon to be 55 and last year I had my hormones tested and my doctor told me to be careful as I am ovulating like a 20 year old! Nice to know this equates with a long life. My auntie lived until 97 yrs old and lived on her own until 95.

Lisa
Lisa

April 12, 2019

I am 55, will be 56 in November. I still get my period. I was really happy to read this article. All my friends have gone through menopause even my friends who are younger.. From what I saw them go through..I’ll wait lol

Dr Barb
Dr Barb

April 10, 2019

Elaine, if you are now having bleeding, it is likely a period, which means you have ovulated and need birth control protection. But at age 54 the likelihood of having regular periods is very low. Using a condom over the next few months for protection is advisable until you have a better understanding of what to expect. The Mirena has no influence on hormone production, it only affects the lining of the uterus (thinning the lining-leading to less/no bleeding). Now that it is out the uterus will respond to the hormone production of the ovaries and may result in periods if ovaries are ‘still on board’.

Elaine
Elaine

April 10, 2019

I am 54 I had a Merena Coil fitted for years. Having had no periods at all whilst having it was like a godsend. I had it removed about two-three months ago.

It had embedded itself into my cervix which was pleasant on removal, my GP said
I might bleed afterwards but it should settle.

I was worried about periods and pregnancy to which my GP said as the coil had been left over its time, the estrogen would have run out so in effect, having unprotected sex.

After a few months i started having what looked like a period but dark dark brown and clotted. This went on for a week and half ish, then it started getting heavier and heavier. Have had to wear sanitary pads which I haven’t done in years.

Dr Barb
Dr Barb

April 01, 2019

Shell, it is true that late menopause is an increased risk factor for breast cancer, but so is aging all by itself. It can be frustrating to navigate mammograms with dense breast tissue. Have you and your doctor discussed breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3-D Mammograms? We have more information about this tool on our podcast, which may help you and your provider make a screening plan for you. https://middlesexmd.com/blogs/the-fullness-of-midlife/finding-out-you-have-an-increased-risk-empowers-you

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