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I'm 46 years old and going through perimenopause. I have irregular periods and water retention. My breasts always feel swollen; not sore—just enlarged. Is this due to water retention and lack of progesterone? Besides using progesterone cream, is there a natural way to help with this breast enlargement?

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I am 49. Until recently, I've been having a very heavy, extended period. But lately, I haven't had much of a period at all—until this month. This month it's been very heavy and has lasted for three weeks. What should I do?

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I am a perimenopausal woman who has been experiencing rash-like symptoms prior to my periods for several months now. This month the rash was not only around my groin/pelvic/rectum area it also covered my neck and was red, blotchy and itchy. Are these rashes common to perimenopause?

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I did not have a period for 11 months. Then I had a period. Does this mean I have to wait another 12 months to be sure it is menopause?

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I've read that abnormal bleeding is the most common symptom of endometrial cancer, but doesn't every perimenopausal woman have abnormal bleeding? How do I know when to mention it to my doctor? I'm afraid he'll say, "Of course you have abnormal bleeding; you're going through menopause," and I'll feel like an idiot.

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I am 52 years old and have not had a period for three months. Now, my breasts hurt so bad I can hardly sleep on them. They're sore and tender all the time. In the past, they have been sore right before my period for a couple days, but never for this long. Do I need to worry about anything, or is this probably menopause setting in?

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