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Can menstrual periods become longer before menopause?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine

Usually beginning around age 40, women can experience skipped periods, lighter periods, or even heavier or more frequent periods. This irregularity of menstrual flow is caused by the changes in hormone production. Your periods will eventually end when your ovaries finally stop producing any eggs for reproduction.

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