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Is this perimenopause?

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EustachianTube Mon 13-Jun-16 07:19:46

I've always had totally regular cycles, 28 days on the dot. over the last year, I noticed them going a bit erratic so starting tracking them properly. They're now varying between 21 days (what a joy that was) to the current one which was 35 days. This month has been incredibly light, barely more than a couple of days of spotting really. Is this likely to be perimonopause? I don't have any other symptoms I don't think, although it's hard to tell as I have another illness which causes exhaustion and insomnia anyway. If it is, do I need to see a GP to confirm or anything? I'm 42.

PollyPerky Mon 13-Jun-16 17:52:22

If it's peri meno then you are on the young side. The current medical advice is that early meno ( periods stopping completely or petering out well before 45 ) has to be treated with HRT to prevent increased risk of heart disease and osteoporosis in 20 years time.

Keep a diary of your cycles for 6 months and then see your GP.

If you do have other illnesses then yes, periods can go a bit all over the pace due to not being well and being tired. At 42 your GP can do a blood test for peri meno but not once you're over 45 as then it's classed as 'normal' to have meno symptoms.

EustachianTube Mon 13-Jun-16 19:59:20

Early menopause does seem to run in my family, mum was 40ish, auntie was late 30s (but also had other medical problems).
I have an app with details of cycles for the last 8 months or so and am at the docs in a few weeks anyway so will mention it then.

EustachianTube Mon 13-Jun-16 20:03:37

And thank you for the advice smile

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