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Is this it?

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tooyoungat40 Wed 01-Feb-17 09:41:00

Turned 40 last year. Since last September periods have changed. Normal cycle is between 23 and 26 days. I had one cycle in September that was 17 days. In January I bled for three days, stopped for a week and then bled for another four days. And now, a week later, I have started bleeding again. Is this the menopause?

tooyoungat40 Wed 01-Feb-17 10:25:03

Anyone? If it is the start of the menopause, do I need to do anything? I thought I had years left.

PollyPerky Wed 01-Feb-17 15:18:16

You need to see your GP. Blood tests are needed for women under 40. Have a read of the Daisy Network website- premature /early menopause.

tooyoungat40 Wed 01-Feb-17 21:36:20

Thanks @PollyPerky, I will take a look at that site. I'm just 40 so would this still count as early menopause? I'm not fussed if it is because I'm done child-bearing and would quite happily stop with periods given the choice. I guess there might be all sorts of medical things I'm in ignorance about so will go off and do some reading. Tah.

PollyPerky Thu 02-Feb-17 17:07:40

Premature is under 40, early is under 45 (though some drs are now raising that to 47 for women in the western world.)

There are potentially serious issues with early / prem menopause, such as higher risk of heart disease and osteoporosis due to loss of estrogen.

Have a read!

highclassmamma Fri 10-Feb-17 14:10:16

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