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is it perimenopause starting at age 43-44?

By Anonymous July 11, 2015 - 4:33pm
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I'm 44 years old I had my tubal ligation and an ablation done in 2008 at the ssme time. After this my period was gone for about 3 years then returned very lightly but very regularly in timing. In the last 8 months its become irregular lasting a day to 6 and starting at strange times as little as 5 to 35 days apart at times then regular again. The last one I completely skipped. I am seeing someone and due to that I have taken 2 pregnancy tests both are negative. I have no symptoms that suggest pregnancy and I started getting periods at age 11 so I'm wondering if perimenopause may be starting? I did get slight cramps and few other usual symptoms around the time when my last period was expected but that's all.

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Hello and thank you for using EmpowHer,
I'd love to give you some advice on the matter.
You do not have any premenopausal symptoms. So, I think its safe to say that your irregular bleeding are not related to that.
However, having such irregular bleeding is not normal. I strongly urge you to get a pelvic exam and pap smear to rule out any common issues. It is probably something simple such as hormonal imbalances or it could be something more serious.
I also suggest that you get an ultrasound to check out the fallopian tubes and where the ablation was done.
Having these exams is the only way to nail down possible causes. It is a good sign however, that you do not have any severe symptoms such as delimitating cramps, or something of that nature.

July 12, 2015 - 11:20am
(reply to fchacon)

Well I have been reading up on perimenopause and I do have symptoms. Hot flashes are starting and breast tenderness (about the last year ) and fatigue. I have mood swings and some nights I can't stay asleep. I have type 2 diabetes and that can cause fatigue but it's well managed.. i tend to be more convinced that is what is going on but I will follow up with my NP.

July 12, 2015 - 12:18pm
Guide (reply to meesha71)

Absolutely, knowing you have these symptoms makes all the difference. Those are definitely premenopausal symptoms just as you said! It is a very good idea to follow up with your doctor.

July 12, 2015 - 11:57pm
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