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A 20-year-old female asked about a 46-year-old female:

my mom hasn't had her period for the month of march. still nothing. she is 47 years old. is it pregnancy or menopause?

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Dr. Justin Diedrich
Gynecology 14 years experience
Could be either: First of all, rule out pregnancy. Average age of menopause in the us is 51. Menses can get irregular later in life. She may be nearing menopause, but first i would recommend a pregnancy test. Then she should see her doctor to make sure there isn't anything else going on.

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My mom is 45 and has not had a period in months. She has taken a at home test and it is positve. Can that be menopause or a pregnancy? She hasn't had a period in months.

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Pregnancy test: If she had a a positive home pregnancy test then this means that she is pregnant. Menopause does not cause a positive home pregnancy test

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