I am reasonably sure that I am going through the menopause...I went through a symptom checker and could tick about 50% of them but really random issues I have been having which appear to be unconnected to each other were listed on there so it now makes more sense.
I think I have been going through peri-menopause for a couple of years now but have not had a period for 3 months now. Have done a pg test a couple of weeks ago which was negative - plus DH had a vasectomy years ago so not sure pregnancy would be possible and would certainly be unwanted
Have got doctors appointment next week - what do I need to ask? What are the issues with going through it this early?
As you are well under the average age for the menopause you should seriously consider taking HRT - it would be hormone *replacement^ therapy in the proper sense of the word as you would normally expect to still have these hormones until you are in your 50s or so.
See your GP. I would want to do some blood tests, including your thyroid function tests as there are other reasons for why periods can become few and far between. You need a general MOT. MenopauseMatters is a good website for further info - there is also a chat forum. Symptoms of menopause can be quite non-specific so on that alone and at your young age, who knows?
Oh, the blood test most commonly used is FSH (follicle stimulating hormone): it rises in the latter half of your fertile life and levels over 25-30 in combination with no/few periods is indicative of perimenopause. Technically speaking the menopause is your last ever period, so you will only ever know with hindsight.
The blood test may need to be repeated. When I began peri at same age as you, my periods were all over the place and my FSH levels varied widely from blood test to blood test. One GP was convinced I was not menopausal, but depressed. Fortunately another GP was willing to look at the picture over several months, rather than as a snapshot of one moment in time.
I also had US scans to check my ovaries and uterus before GP would prescribe HRT.
Because of the tendency to forgetfulness definitely a good idea to have a written list with you.
How did you get on? I have recently started on HRT aged 40 and it feels as though a fog is lifting. As my FSH levels were up a bit but not high enough to be diagnostic my GP took a while to be happy to put me on HRT. But I couldn't tell him what my periods were doing as I had been on the pill for years. patient.info/search.asp?searchterm=Menopause&searchcoll=All Patient.info is a good place to look and the above should be a link the the menopause search items. I also recommend menopause matters but because you are realier than average I recommend looking at the Daisy Network, you will find the link from patient.info. I found a lot of other websites could be annoying at times as they focused on the age that the majority of people become peri menopausal for obvious reasons and the daisy network is aimed at people doing it early