It had been three years since their last vacation together and Shuli was euphoric to spend the next 12 days alone with her husband in paradise. The plane had just taken off and she desperately needed to go to the bathroom. To her tremendous disappointment, she discovered that she was bleeding though she had just gone to the mikveh last week (it had taken her 16 days to get there). After all, her trip had been planned for a time when she would not be in niddah. At the age of 48, her periods were erratic, too long and arrived more often than she would like. Now, she would be forbidden to her husband for the entire vacation.
Was all of this bleeding due to perimenopause? Menopause is derived from the Greek, meno, moon and pause, cessation. It refers to cessation of monthly bleeding for 12 months. [Read more…]