I thought I was past menopause because the hot flashes decreased if not entirely went away and I hadn't had any sign of of having a cycle in about a year, or at least close to it. Then, I started about 8 days ago and haven't stopped yet. Is this normal? I get the idea that there could have been a lingering egg and now that some of my stress has let up, it might have been a good time for it to drop. But when these cycles were tapering off, they got shorter and shorter. I never had one last 8-9 days. I had a pap smear a couple of months ago and it was normal.