We all know that menopause means that a woman's periods are going to stop. As a result, many women believe that one of the first signs of menopause is going to be that there will be a logner period of time between periods - essentially that they will trickle off. While it's true that this does occur at some stage of menopause, the first sign of menopause may actually be an increase in the frequency of periods for a short time.
New research shows that in the early stages of menopause, a woman may start to have periods with less time in between them than in the past. Women frequently find themselves getting periods just three weeks after their last period. These periods may be different than those experience in the past due to the fact that the woman may be bleeding without ovulating. It will only be later into the menopause cycle that the woman's periods trickle off.
What is important for the woman who is nearing menopause is not to look specifically for an increase or decrease in the frequency of periods as a sign that menopause is taking place. Instead, the woman should remain in tune and in touch with her body in order to note any changes that occur as changes in either direction could indicate the onset of menopause.
Question of the Day: Why is it that periods may increase in frequency just before menopause begins?