Irregular Periods: Minimizing Perimenopause Symptoms

Meryl Davids Landau
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Got irregular periods?

Do this: The surefire way to regulate your cycle is to start on very-low-dose birth control pills. Their 20 micrograms of estrogen (versus 30 to 50 in other types) offer pregnancy protection — and bonus hot-flash reduction.

Or this: Long bleeds result when hormones tell your uterus to start a period but not to stop it. "In some cases, your doctor can prescribe progesterone pills — either natural or synthetic — to provide the missing signal," says Andrew E. Good, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

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