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I am 52 going on 53 and still on the pill and no menopause yet!

By December 15, 2011 - 1:29pm
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I am sort of in menopause but I don't really know because if I am on the lowest dosage possible for the birth control pill how can I really know if I am going 12 months without a period since the pill gives you false one? I am afraid to go off it since I am happily married and still sexually active with my husband. My gyn says that it is good to stay on the pill since it can help me with my hormone fluctuations. I am really confused. I definitely have symptoms of menapause: sleeplessness, moodiness, occasional hot flashed etc. Do I need to find a new gyn and at least one who specializes in menopause. My mom went throught it at 50 but I am going on 53. Last year I had the blood test at the end of the 'cycle' but it said I was only starting...can that be accurate due to the pill?


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Hi Diane,

i think I have found information to your question. This info is from the American Family Physician.


If I'm taking birth control pills, how will I know when menopause starts?

You and your doctor will decide together how long you should take this medicine. You can stop taking very-low-dose birth control pills any time, or you can change to regular estrogen replacement therapy. The decision to change from the low-dose birth control pills to estrogen replacement therapy is usually made around the ages of 49 to 52. Your doctor can also measure a hormone called FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) to see if you're in menopause. If the FSH measurement is over 30, you've probably entered menopause."

A blood test to measure FSH levels will be accurate even while you are taking a low dose birth control pill.

Very low dose birth control pills contain the hormone, estrogen. The blood test measure FSH, a different hormone.


December 15, 2011 - 5:16pm
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thank you for the information, I really appreciate it. This is very helpful. I will be sure to ask her about taking the FSH measurement. It also puts my mind at ease about the low dose pill I am on. I heard about this website on the radio and it is a great resource!

December 15, 2011 - 5:44pm
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