Hello, I wonder if any of you have experienced this - a gynaecologist told me last year that I was very probably perimenopausal, given list of symptoms etc.
I've started a new job this year, been distracted by other things, and used to periods being up to 10 days late, so hadn't noticed til relatively recently.... but now it's been 67 days since my last first day of a period, I'm wondering whether I should get excited/start sobbing, because this is all done and dusted?
I'm "only" 47, but it's all been horribly heavy and slightly erratic for the last 7 year as since ds was born, I had two iron infusions last year, and before this I actually had 3 relatively normal (just heavy not hideous) and evenly spaced cycles.
'Normal' range of meno (last period ever) is 45-55. Some women are earlier and that's early meno and older than about 55 is 'late'
You're only going to be able to judge if this is The End with hindsight. Periods can go AWOL for months then reappear- even after 10 or 11 months.
My own started to fluctuate around 52 and thankfully I missed only a couple, then a few more regular light ones, then missed 4, then no more after a month or two of light spotting.
The typical meno symptoms may not actually start till your periods have stopped. oestrogen declines rapidly for 2 years after the final period so hot flushes, aches and pains, bladder issues etc may only start later.
At age 47, for 2 years I had a period approximately every 5-6 months, the duration got less and less then stopped completely. I was always worried about being caught by a surprise one so I used the thin liners for about a year until I realised I probably wasn't going to have any more.
Ps i know my age changed there, but I'm nearly 47 and trying to get used to it! I'm very bad at the sevens, as in (wailing) "I might as well be 20", "I might as well be 30".. and at 37 "my life is over, I'm never going to be a ballet dancer, and I still haven't sorted out my laundry pile". I'm slightly more stoic/resigned this time around
I'm a year older than you OP and my periods, or non periods, have been like this for about 18 months. When I do get one it's really light and lasts about one day. I've always had short cycles (23 days) which may explain starting at 46
Mine stopped v suddenly around 40? But were not ever regular. Then after 'emergency stop' treatment for an overactive thyroid there was an episode of menstruating every 3 minutes for maybe a few months, like every other week, then they stopped again and haven't come back - 46 now. There was such an overlap of menopause and hyperthyroidism I didn't notice any specific menopausal symptoms, never had a hot flush or whatever.
My periods stopped bang on my 50th Birthday after being regular as clockwork have not had one since. I am now 54 and in the process of coming off HRT due to it giving me horrible anxiety and depression only took it for hot flushes which started about a year after my last period, going to try to get through menopause without it but not too optimistic