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Menopause symptoms reconsidered

MENOPAUSE SYMPTOMS RECONSIDERED

Going through menopause may involve heavier and longer bleeding than previously thought, according to a new study that is among the first to examine normal symptoms of menopause.

“We really wanted to map out what can women expect,” said Sybil Crawford, a statistician at the University of Massachusetts Medical School who worked on the study. More than three-quarters of the 1,300 women in the study, conducted with researchers at the University of Michigan, had periods lasting 10 or more days, two-thirds experienced spotting for six or more days a month, and more than one-third had at least three days of heavy bleeding. Crawford said she hopes the study, published in the current issue of BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology will reassure women and their doctors.

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Many middle-age women often visit their doctors because of heavy bleeding, and such visits can lead to hysterectomies. Instead, doctors should consider that the heavy bleeding might be a normal part of the menopausal transition, Crawford said.
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