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Are irregular periods always a sign of early menopause?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Possibly: Frequently periods become irregular as more and more become anovulatory.
Dr. Cynthia Frazier
Gynecology 39 years experience
No: Irregular periods are most commonly a sign of anovulation. This frequently occurs during the teenage years after menarche and during perimenopause. It can also occur at other times often associated with PCOD or stress. Most women have occasional irregular periods during their reproductive years. Persistent irregular menses need to be evaluated.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Can irregular periods be a sign of early menopause?

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Dr. Neeoo Chin
Fertility Medicine 40 years experience
Yes: Depending if having irregular periods is a change from the person's normal pattern. If the normal pattern has been regular and then as she matures irregularity occurs then early menopause is a possibility. Further evaluation is warranted to rule out any other hormonal abnormalities such as hyper prolactinemia and hypothyroidism in addition to polycystic ovarian syndrome.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Are irregular periods early menopause?

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Dr. Seema Patel
Holistic Medicine 27 years experience
Not necessarily: Perimenopause-the time before menopause brings all kinds of changes including irregular periods (too early or too late), heavier to lighter bleeding, mood swings, hot flashes etc. Other cuases of irregular periods can be hormonal imbalances, thyroid disorders, stress/trauma, medications, and or anatomical problems. Talk to your physician for more help.

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