Irregular periods are often one of the first signs that a woman is approaching menopause. The hormonal changes starting in your forties aren’t stable. This fluctuation results in irregular periods. One of the common signs that your period is irregular is that it shows up earlier than expected, or later, or skips a few months and doesn’t show up at all. Your period may be lighter and shorter than usual, or heavier and prolonged.
The irregularities will increase with time and may last between a year and ten years. You may go through months without your period and then suddenly be back to a normal cycle. You may also be spotting between periods and this is all normal. The important thing to remember is that while fertility declines when your period becomes irregular, you can still get pregnant.
The hormonal changes may cause additional symptoms that can affect your wellbeing and lifestyle, so it can be useful to learn about the different ways you can manage them.