Dr. Anna’s Menopause Minute: Why Are My Periods So Wonky?

Dr. Anna’s Menopause Minute: Why Are My Periods So Wonky?

– Hi, I’m Dr. Anna
Garrett, Chief MoJo Officer at www.drannagarrett.com, and I help women who are
struggling with symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, get their hormones back in
balance without using hormones, so they can rocket their mojo
through mid-life and beyond. One of the topics that comes up frequently in my Hormone Harmony
Club group on Facebook, which you can join, all you have to do is request
to join and I’ll add you, is what’s going on with my body? I’m having periods every two weeks, I’m having them every six weeks, and I’ve always been
a 28 day kind of girl. Help! So, here’s what’s goin on. You’re in perimenopause, and
this is perfectly normal. Up until about the age of 40, 90 percent of women have regular periods, but between the ages of 40 and 50, only about 10 percent of
women have regular periods. So, that means that
there’s 90 percent of us that are doing something
that’s outside of our norm. The reason for this is because
we have low progesterone. The reason we have low progesterone, is because we don’t ovulate every month. Progesterone is produced in
the second half of your cycle. So, when you ovulate at day 14-ish, your body begins to produce
higher levels of progesterone in case you get pregnant. When you get to the end of your cycle, if you’re not pregnant,
progesterone drops very quickly. That’s what signals your
body to have a period. Without that, estrogen just continues to stimulate the lining of your uterus, and eventually, it’ll drop low enough, and you will have a period, but it’s very irregular,
very unpredictable, and very annoying in some cases. I, myself, am on the every
two week plan right now, and it’s not a whole lot of fun. So, I understand exactly where you are. So, what to do about this? Well, one option is to do nothing, because there’s really nothing wrong, but if you’d like to try to normalize things a little bit more, you can clean up your lifestyle, and that means avoiding alcohol, because alcohol produces more estrogen, and you don’t need that. It means eating meats that
are not raised with hormones, because, again, those hormones act like estrogen in your body, and that’s what we’re trying to avoid. If you’d like a more
herbal kind of approach, then Vitex, or chaste tree,
can help get your estrogen and progesterone levels back in balance, which may help the
regularity of your periods. You can also supplement with
bioidentical progesterone, but I don’t recommend doing that without the help of a trained
provider, such as myself. So, when to call your doctor. If you are just having
your regular periods, and you’re not having pain, and you’re not having bleeding, or other things that feel
out of the ordinary to you, I would say you’re probably
safe just riding it out, because eventually, it will all calm down. If your body’s intuition is telling you that something is wrong, or you’re just uncomfortable
with the situation, then by all means, put your mind at ease, and go see your doctor. I’d like to invite you
to go visit my website, which is www.drannagarrett.com, and take a look around,
read some of my blogs. There’s lots of information about perimenopause and menopause. Then, I’d like to invite you to download my e-book, which is Dr. Anna’s 9-Step Plan
for Escaping Hormone Hell. You’ll also receive a
complimentary subscription to my newsletter when
you get your download. So, that’s it for now. Thank you for watching, and
I will talk to you soon.


  1. Hi. Why am I having more frequent periods (can go from 2 weeks apart to 6 weeks apart), spotting, and things like melasma, which is a sign of high estrogen. But also having symptoms of low estrogen- vaginal dryness, memory issues, dry thinning skin? Currently having investigations to see if I'm going through premature peri-menopause. Thanks.

  2. Thank you so much for this information. I just had a 2 week period show up. I have never had this before. No pain, just the red stuff. I know for sure I"m going through periomenopause and I'm getting my hormones measured, but I have to do it on day 19, 20 or 21 after my last cycle. How is this possible when I just became a 2 week period woman? Seems I'll never know what's wrong with my hormones.

  3. I have been bleeding heavy for 12days. All up my menses has been going now for 19 days. Is this normal before menopause.


  5. I am 54 years old, i started bleeding last Monday evening. After Tuesday it just got heavier to the point i was using maternity pads to stem the flow. I have been told i am post menopausal.

  6. Thanks for the needed information. My sister is 50 years old and she is now having periods two-three weeks apart. This just started at the end of May when she had her previous period, and it has returned again in June. I feel bad for her and wish I could make her menstrual cycles regular as they were once before Perimenopause

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