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Think this is it - peri menopausal - early menopause

(8 Posts)
MiTochondrialEve Tue 24-Feb-09 23:17:58

Have been noticing changes in my normally stopwatch cycle. Normally very heavy for first 2-3 days - last year v light then 1-2 days heavy then stop. This month for first time I spot mid-cycle. {hmm]I am 38.

Average age of women reaching
menopause is 52. A woman is said to have reached the menopause once she has not had a period for one year. Premature menopause affects 1% of women under the age of 40 and 0.1% of women who are under the age of 30. My sister has has early menopause before 40. Think this is it.

chuckeyegg Wed 25-Feb-09 07:32:49

Me to I think odd things have started to happen in my cycle.

I'm 42. Sending you a big hug.

TimeForMe Wed 25-Feb-09 08:26:57

ladies, get ye to holland and barratt and stock up on agnus cactus. My cycle, not to mention my mood swings, were terrible! I have been taking agnus cactus which is a natural hormone regulator for just over 3 months now and, not only is my cycle regular again the mood swings have gone, i am sleeping better and i feel great, better than i have in a long time.

I am 44 and my symptoms started 2 years ago. HTH

2shoes Wed 25-Feb-09 08:29:01

thanks for that tip, I am of to FP so will mention it to them, as I am having horrid long AF.

chuckeyegg Wed 25-Feb-09 12:46:44

Thanks TimeForMe, I'll try that.


Mercy Wed 25-Feb-09 12:51:31

It could be.

As your sister had an early menopause I would see your GP as I believe they can give you a blood test.

I'm 45 and started experiencing random symptoms at around 42.

MorocconOil Wed 25-Feb-09 12:56:54

Another vote for Agnus Castus and Black cohosh. My periods were doing all sorts of weird things, but since taking these two supplements they have settled down.
The peri-menopause can last years, and changes are gradual. It is all very unsettling though and you have my sympathies.

springlamb Wed 25-Feb-09 13:04:02

My family has history of early menopause. My mum had me at 38, never had another period after that.
I've been feeling peri for a couple of years now and personally I can't wait. Bring it on!
I'm fed up of only being able to guess within a few days of when my period will come, and fed up of being dog tired for 10 days before that. And thinking ah well 2 clear towels I'm finished - when I'm not!
I don't need all this equipment and I'd like to pack it all up into the loft.
But have felt better this month since taking iron supplements - am sure I had become anaemic due to these weird periods.

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