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41 and menopausal

(3 Posts)
GeorgieBoy95 Fri 10-Nov-17 17:22:51

I had my third baby when I was 38 and three months later (after a general check up) was told my hormone levels indicated I was approaching menopause. I rarely had periods when I was 39 and 40. Maybe once every four months or so and they were quite light. I now haven't had one since early July. We don't use any birth control as I would have liked another baby (but not actively trying as such).

I feel great otherwise - no health issues at all. Is that it?? I know you're not supposed to have a period for 12 months before officially being menopausal but am I? Fsh very high (60), but oestrogen levels are high too (according to a blood test a few months ago).

I don't have a specific question as such - just wondering if anyone is similar to me?

My mother died before 40. I have two sisters who had babies in their forties - we're not close.

I can accept that I won't have more children - it makes me sad but i know we couldn't afford more anyway.

Jasminedes Fri 10-Nov-17 17:44:43

I'm sorry it was earlier than you would have wanted. Maybe google the NICE guidelines if you have not already been advised or discussed with your GP - HRT is recommended if menopause before 45, for primary prevention of osteoporosis.

Jasminedes Fri 10-Nov-17 17:47:11

I am 45 and meno in full swing after a partial hysterectomy at 40. I feel rubbish, so I hope yours continues symptom free! In retrospect I have felt awful for the last 5 years too and blamed it on other things, but was probably peri.

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