I forgot to mention yesterday that since day 1 at age 13, my periods have been like clockwork (except for 2 pregnancies of course) and regular up until 2 yrs ago, but they are still pretty much on schedule. Altho I do notice that by day 3 or 4, like now, as I have my period, and I have a bm I usually have to push or strain, always been constipated for the most part. When I do this, even tho my period seems like its just about over, bright red blood will appear briefly like my period hasnt finished. Twice in the past 8 mos I had a period, it stopped abrubtly without tapering off, then started a week or so later, but what concerns me is bleeding starting up halfway thru my period with straining to have a bm, should I be worried? This only started when the perimenopause began. Thanks again!