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Diseases & Conditions > Menopause

Community Question of the Week

Just got my period yesterday. I thought I was done as the last one was in June last year. I was really surprised as I am 57 1/2 years old. It’s amazing to think this can still happen at my age and it is just as heavy as before. Is this normal? -Kelly
Hi Kelly! It could be a period, meaning your ovary ovulated and produced the necessary hormones to allow your uterine lining to grow and then shed. It could also mean you have developed uterine polyps or an abnormal thickening to your uterine lining. The best way to know is to have a blood test FSH and an ultrasound of your uterus. Once we know levels are still all in perimenopause range, the clock starts over. Menopause is defined by 12 months of no spontaneous period. To find a certified menopause practitioner in your area, go to menopause.org.

Diana Bitner, MD, NCMP

Diana Bitner specializes in gynecology, menopause medicine, sexual health, and cancer survivorship. She is a certified menopause practitioner by the North American Menopause Society, and was named the Menopause Practitioner of the Year, 2015. Dr. Bitner has completed training with the International Society of the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) and is Board Certified in OB/GYn. She is Medical Director of Midlife, Menopause & Sexual Health at Spectrum Health, an assistant professor at MSU College of Human Medicine, and CMO at true. Women’s Health. Her mission is that all women know their evidence-based options for healthy aging and empowering women to age as they desire without preventible illness.