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42 and skipped some periods. Is GP visit advised?

(18 Posts)
Wellhellothere1 Thu 22-Sep-16 14:56:58

Hoping someone can advise as I can't really find out the answer online. I'm 42 and usually have a fairly regular cycle. I missed a period last year and saw the GP and she suspected it was due to me running a lot more than usual. This year I missed a period in Feb and my last period was at the start of August, so I've missed September's period almost. I think I've had a few hot flushes but this may be in my imagination!
Is there any point going to see my GP do you think or do I just get on with it?

Heratnumber7 Thu 22-Sep-16 15:01:56

No point, unless you want to go onto HRT. I've not had a period for several years. It's bloody great. I've never bothered with going to the GP.

YesILikeItToo Thu 22-Sep-16 15:02:55

I told my GP about this and he was super-unconcerned. Just said that these things happen and the worst of it is planning when to have towels in your handbag. Mine seem pretty random now, I'm your age

Wellhellothere1 Thu 22-Sep-16 15:07:51

Thanks. The lack of periods don't bother me at all. I think I'm more concerned about what the menopause will do to my face grin

notangelinajolie Thu 22-Sep-16 15:11:38

Mine stopped at 37. I had a baby and they just never came back. Can't say I missed them smile. I mentioned it my GP years later and he wasn't the slightest bit interested.

Wellhellothere1 Thu 22-Sep-16 15:13:56

Notations-did you notice your skin became drier? Think this is what bothers me most.

Wellhellothere1 Thu 22-Sep-16 15:14:35

Notangelina not notations!!

danTDM Thu 22-Sep-16 15:19:39

I'm 46, mine stopped just like that 2 years ago. Face no drier, waist a bit thicker if I have to find something. I do look after myself a bit more now though. I probably look better now tbh.

PollyPerky Thu 22-Sep-16 15:19:54

I'm really shocked at the GPs who have dismissed some of you- it's medical negligence based on ignorance.

Sorry if that sounds a bit arsey but the fact is that having no oestrogen 15 years or even 10 before the average menopause is a BIG risk factor for osteoporosis and heart disease in later life (and by that I mean 50 not 90!)

Anyone who has a premature menopause (classed as before 40) should hot foot it to their GP for a DEXA scan - bone density.

The same applies to periods stopping before 45.

This is the clear, unequivocal advice on NICE and there is a charity that advises women on early menopause -
It's co-run by one of the top gynaecologists in the UK and his advice is HRT for early or premature menopause.

There is no risk with HRT before 51-ish as all you are doing is putting back what you ought to have.

Seriously- you need to ask for bone scans and not wait till you are 50+, break your wrist or ankle easily and find you have osteoporosis.

Not trying to scaremonger but this is fact.

notangelinajolie Thu 22-Sep-16 15:22:02

Skin fine. Hair loss is my problem sad. My hairdresser keeps recomending all kinds of wierd and wonderful pills and potions but unless I come into money sometime some they are way out of my price range.

PollyPerky Thu 22-Sep-16 15:25:09

There is a link here to a paper on HRT and POI ( periods stopping before 40) You will find the paragraph on page 63- premature ovarian insufficiency- and the dangers listed of early menopause. Although this paper talks about under 40, it also applies to the 40-45 age range.

Nick Panay was the former chairman of the British Menopause Society and runs the menopause clinic at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London.


danTDM Thu 22-Sep-16 15:26:58

Not fact here in Spain, they do not have this opinion at all. Healthcare her is fabulous. I am very well and do not need HRT thanks! With HRT, the advice changes constantly, the menopause is completely normal and natural.
Perimenopause is normal in your 40's.
50 average menopause, when it's all over, gets bandied around, but most people I know here and in UK had menopause well before 50 and are not on HRT and are all fine and fit as fiddles.

If you are early 40's OP I really think you will look as such, just because someone is 50's with periods will not make them look younger than you!

Wellhellothere1 Thu 22-Sep-16 15:28:12

Thank you so much Polly. This is exactly the kind of information I'm looking for. I'll spend some time reading this and then see my GP.

danTDM Thu 22-Sep-16 15:29:43

42 and periods slowing down is not premature menopause hmm

YesILikeItToo Thu 22-Sep-16 15:30:45

Gosh, Polly, that's alarming. I think my GP's point was that he thought that it wasn't a sign of menopause. Can't recall what made him think this, but he certainly seemed to be ruling it out.

PollyPerky Thu 22-Sep-16 15:54:25

Dan 42 is early menopause and before 40 is premature menopause.
Here is an NHS link explaining it.

PollyPerky Thu 22-Sep-16 15:55:44

It depends on what you mean Dan. If you mean periods still dribbling on and being irregular at 42 yes, that is not early menopause. But if they stop completely at 42, then it is.

PollyPerky Thu 22-Sep-16 15:58:03

The fact that some women are 'fine' if they had their menopause early is not a scientific study is it? How can you tell what is happening to their hearts and bones by their faces? The effects of an early menopause aren't obvious for maybe 10 or more years in some women.
Anyway- it's not me you should argue with about it- but the experts! They've done the research and made clinical decisions.

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