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I am 38. I missed periods for 25 days now and have severe headach, fatigue, irritation etc. frequently. Is this indicative of menopause?

By Anonymous June 24, 2011 - 11:22pm
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Hi Anon,

Just to clarify- did you mean that your period is 25 days late? Could you be pregnant? If so, have you taken a pregnancy test?

It is possible that you may be starting perimenopause but before we get into that I'll wait until you have answered the pregnancy question :)



June 25, 2011 - 7:18am
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Anonymous (reply to Rosa Cabrera RN)

Thanks Rosa. I have taken pregnancy tests and scanning of uterus. All have ruled out pregnancy.

June 25, 2011 - 6:53pm
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Hi Anon,

Thanks for your response. Perimenopause can begin as early as your 30's so it is a possibility. Have you seen your doctor about the possibility of you going through perimenopause at 38?

If you are in fact going through perimenopause your periods may become irregular — longer, shorter, heavier or lighter, sometimes more and sometimes less than 28 days apart. You may also experience menopause-like symptoms, such as hot flashes, sleep problems and vaginal dryness.

Some women seek medical attention for their perimenopausal symptoms. But others either tolerate the changes or simply don't experience symptoms severe enough to warrant attention. Because subtle symptoms may come on gradually, you may not realize at first that they're all connected to the same thing — fluctuating levels of estrogen and progesterone, another key female hormone.

If you do experience symptoms that interfere with your life or well-being, such as hot flashes, mood swings or changes in sexual function that concern you, see your doctor.

All the best,



June 26, 2011 - 3:06pm
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