Perimenopause happens before you reach menopause which is the end of your monthly cycle. There are many symptoms to look out for which includes spotting that doesn’t require a pad or tampon. Out of ordinary heavy bleeding is also a sign. Dark or brown blood is another symptom. Shorter or longer cycles, skipped cycles, or any of an unusually different length is an additional indicator. Should there be any heavy bleeding though, you should see a doctor to rule out anything serious.
- During the later stages of perimenopause, women’s menstrual cycles are longer and farther apart.
- It is not unusual for perimenopausal women to experience spotting between periods that is dark red or brown in color.
- If your estrogen levels are much higher than your progesterone levels, your periods might be abnormally heavy and last longer.
“Keep reading for more on what to expect from your periods, as well as what you can do to manage your symptoms.”