Hi ,I'm feeling quite down at the moment .I'm 49 & my periods are usually spot on ..However in Dec I came on at 23 days then two weeks later had a short period...I'm now 2 weeks overdue is this menopause do they stop just like that ..I've got slight cramping in my stomach & I'm hoping it will start ...I don't want the menopause and all the possible effects that come with it
I'm not sure there's any single answer to when to start HRT, if at all, once you're in the typical peri-menopausal zone (50ish). If you are largely symptom free, other than menstrual cycle going awry, you might decide not to take it at all. But if you start getting the full suite of inconvenient symptoms, then that's the time to ask about it and weigh up the pros and cons.
Mine just stopped in November after being fairly regular all my life. Have had pmt from he'll on off ever since and the odd bit of staining. Appearantly that is all quite normal, the pmt type stuff is high estrogen trying to convince your body to squeeze another egg out. Have resigned myself that probably will start bleeding again at the most inconvenient time. If you don't have other symptoms that are unbearable why bother with hrt?
I haven't got a clue about hrt I should start researching it...My mum's menopause suddenly stopped when she was around my age .I don't think she had any symptoms but she has a lot of problems with her bones would hrt protect the bones & heart .. How long does one take hrt for ?I feel old & can't understand how women rejoice them stopping
Hate to break it to you, but this could go on for a few years. My cycles are anything from 14 to 45 days, lately.
Read the website you've been linked to. If you're struggling to face up to what's coming (I can't wait for the buggers to be gone, personally!) go and talk to your GP. If you're under 40, so it's taken you by surprise, talk to your GP, anyhow and ask for other issues (thyroid etc) to be ruled out.
I'm in a similar position wrt periods. No other physical symptoms but much more anxiety, sadness and general RAGE than usual. Family and personal medical history suggest I should be thinking about HRT to delay osteoporosis, but equally that I should avoid it because of thrombosis and breast cancer. Friends' experience of talking to local GPs on the subject isn't encouraging. At least I'm the right age for it; I've been surprised at how often much younger women are pretty much fobbed off.
Loopy- you mean your mum's menopause started at your age! menopause is the date of the last period and we are menopausal for life after that! Peri meno is the time leading up to the menopause.
You can take HRT forever if you have no medical reasons to stop- but this is a whole other issue! if your mum has osteoporosis or heart disease then this is something for you to seriously think about - HRT protects against both. But you need to educate yourself on it and think about risks and benefits and what suits you. If you have no symptoms yet then you don't need it.
Again, read as much as you can about HRT and don't base your opinions on old stats etc.
HRT does not cause or add risks to thrombosis- pills do but other types- transdermal HRT- doesn't. Also, it doesn't cause breast cancer. The latest theory is that it may cause an existing cancer to grow more quickly, but doesn't cause it in the first place.
GPs are notoriously badly informed on HRT which is why the NICE guidelines were published last November to try to educate them! You can find that report online.