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Old 05-02-2013, 05:41 PM   #16
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I started peri-menopause in my early 40s and I was soooo hopeful that I would be done soon. Not to be. I am 56 and my last period was 6 months ago. That's right. About 13-16 YEARS of peri-menopause. I am happy to say that I didn't have a lot of hot flashes, though I felt hot in general most of the time. That's GONE. Now I'm cold all the time. My poor DH can't win!

OP, I hope your peri-menopause goes quickly(if you're looking forward to that.)
Oh great! I hope it's not premenopause (or perimenopause) though! I must admit the idea of less periods is a positive. My mom started going through menopause in her 50's and it took her like 10 years to completely lose her period and symptoms. I don't want to follow in her footsteps then! It should be simpler...go to bed one night, have a little bit of night sweats, wake up the next morning and period is gone forever!
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It should be simpler...go to bed one night, have a little bit of night sweats, wake up the next morning and period is gone forever!
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:49 PM   #18
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My doc is a certified menopausal specialist. Perimenopause can start 10 years prior. If you are sexually active birth control needs to be used until your hormone levels confirm your status 2 years in a row. While we normally follow our maternal side, I didn't. I followed the women on my dad's side! Be warned that the nicest, most helpful gyn can turn on you once you start perimemopause!
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:37 PM   #19
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My doc is a certified menopausal specialist. Perimenopause can start 10 years prior. If you are sexually active birth control needs to be used until your hormone levels confirm your status 2 years in a row. While we normally follow our maternal side, I didn't. I followed the women on my dad's side! Be warned that the nicest, most helpful gyn can turn on you once you start perimemopause!
I second this - if the gyn is more of an ob/gyn, then menopause may not be a specialty. I'm switching to a meno-specialist this year!
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:44 PM   #20
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You might be premenopausal or not....
It would probably be too difficult to determine at this point.

I had my last period at 39, but I had no other symptoms of menopause. My bloodwork was inconclusive, though they ruled out other problems. Even my estrogen levels were within the normal range into my early forties. After two years of not having a period, my doctor decided that I must have gone through menopause.

Try not to worry too much about it....remember stress causes irregular periods too!

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Old 05-02-2013, 06:49 PM   #21
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I've been soooo regular all my life that this is throwing me for a loop. I have an awesome GYN dr. that I love so I trust what he says. Next week I see him and I'll go from there. I was just curious if a woman can actually be premenopausal at only 40. Thanks!
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:05 PM   #22
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My doctor told me in my early thirties that I was in peri-menopause, I had my first & only child at 44yrs old, now they tell me, You are in menopause, five yrs later,: I am still having periods, just missed 3 months, but it started again
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:05 PM   #23
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At this point in your life, you may need to work on more constant forms of protection.
I agree, mine will be 17 this year! I wasn't regular for a few years and didn't worry too much when I missed a few periods, like I said, she will be 17 this year!
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:34 AM   #24
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I think it's the same as premenopausal?

You know, over the last 2 months, I keep asking my husband if it's hot in our house. My face feels totally flushed but I thought maybe it was due to seasonal allergies or something like that. What does a hot flash feel like?
I've had the hot flashes for awhile and it was difficult to explain to the boyfriend. One day I was having sinus problems so he heated up water to steaming in a pan and had me do the "stick your face toward the steam with a towel over your head" thing. The immediate feel like my face is sweating and hot is how that steam felt on my face under the towel.
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My doc is a certified menopausal specialist. Perimenopause can start 10 years prior. If you are sexually active birth control needs to be used until your hormone levels confirm your status 2 years in a row. While we normally follow our maternal side, I didn't. I followed the women on my dad's side! Be warned that the nicest, most helpful gyn can turn on you once you start perimemopause!
I have been having night sweats since I was mid 30s!!!! Seriously, I wake up in the middle of the night dripping wet. I end up stripping and still feel hot. I have experienced a few hot flashes, but the night sweats are regular. I have talked to my doctor but I am only 42. I am on bc pills, and have been this whole time. The doctor told me to stay on the pill until age 45. Then she will check my hormone levels. She told me right now my blood work will not give me a true reading of my hormone levels because I am on the pill. I know the nurse told me my periods are very light because she asked how many days I bleed each month, how many times I have to change feminine products, etc.
I want to stay on the pill, though, because I am extremely fertile. Or I was in my 20s. I am not wanting to get pregnant again in my 40s.
So you are saying that the hormone blood work will show if I am perimenopausal even if I am on the pill?

Btw, my thyroid has been checked. All of my routine annual blood work has been normal. There is no explanation for the night sweats. We keep my house at 65 degrees at night in the summer and more like 63 degrees in the winter. DH needs a cold house to sleep. That is why I firmly believe the night sweats are because of hormones!
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:35 AM   #26
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Hot flashes are different for everyone. The bad ones were just my head and chest/shoulder area. They would hit all of a sudden, my head down to my chest would turn beet red and the heat would just pour out. I could hold my hand 3 inches or more over the top of my head and feel the heat!

Luckily, I didn't have a lot of those. Mostly for me, I turned from cold-natured to hot-natured. At work, used to be everyone else would be hot and and I would be comfortable or even chilly. Now, it's the complete opposite. Everyone's walking around wearing sweaters and I have my fan running.
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:02 AM   #27
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My friend started perimenopause at 35. She has since had 2 kids and is getting ready to get a mirena because at 39 she is done! So it could be perimenopause or it could be something else. Ask your doctor and good luck!
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:20 AM   #28
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I'm in perimenopause now (I'm 45). For me, it started about two years ago with the hot flashes. My face goes all red and it feels like I've stuck my head in an oven. I went to my Gyno and he did some blood tests to rule out other stuff, as I also have endometriosis. Other fun stuff I've been experiencing are heart palpitations, and being somewhat short tempered.

My periods are like clockwork still. I have a short cycle and always have, every 23 days, but now I spot at all different times and have had to use pads every day just in case. I should buy stock in Stayfree-it would finance trips to WDW for the rest of my life!
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:34 PM   #29
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OP here, trying not to panic but this morning I woke up nauseous with a metallic taste in my mouth. This has happened to me every time I was pregnant. So someone please tell me quickly that this metallic taste happened when the were premenopausal.
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Oh Elinor Dashwood. I pray that's not it. Good luck!
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