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Is there any way to know about what age i'll go through menopause? My mother went through menopause fairly early, in her mid-40s. I am 40 and still have young children -- i don't think i could deal with menopausal symptoms on top of two preschoolers! is t
Yes : Yes (and no) because we do not yet have perfect tests. Here are is a link about to multiple resources about menopause timing (http://bitly.Com/gkpe8x). We think that a hormone called amh (anti-mullerian hormone) may be useful to predict menopause. Here is a link to my blog entry on amh (http://www.Dropsahl.Com/infertility/testing/anti-mullerian-hormone-amh/). Amh is a hormone produced by the growing follicles in the ovaries. The small antral follicles are constantly growing and you use up about 500-100 eggs each month. As you get older and the number of eggs goes down, so does the number of growing follicles (cysts containing an egg). The few growing follicles the lower the amh level. You blood level does not vary much from day to day, so your doctor could get that value (and perhaps an fsh) and give you some idea of how close you are. Let me comment on a couple of issues. First, your mother's age at menopause matters if she went through menopause naturally but not if the menopause was from surgery. Also, the mid-40's is not abnormal though a bit early as the average age is 51 years. Second, as you will learn from reading some of the links i provided, there is considerable variation in timing. Next. Let me say that the symptoms of menopause vary as well. Some women suffer from many effects of losing the estrogen hormone: hot flushes, mood changes etc. You are not necessarily doomed to have the same reaction or even the same symptoms. I hope this information helps. Best wishes and please do not worry too much about menopause which is normal and usually not a horrible experience. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Going to see psych today about a plan for my gad but i can't take ad's what do you think he could give me ?
SSRI: Get a genetics test (like genesight from assurex) to identify which psych meds you will tolerate & likely respond to better. Then, standard of care is to start with an ssri (fluoxetine, sertraline) and benzo: e.g. Ativan (lorazepam). If h/o ssri, snri like venlafaxine effective also! talk with your doc all ?'s. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm running outdoors for about 30 minutes 3 or 4 times a week. I also plan on eating healthier. I was wondering if this will work. if so?
That sounds good.: Sounds like you're embarking on a good healthful life strategy. This will work. ...Read more
I haven't smoked in years I plan on smoking again in about 2 weeks just once for the feeling. How long will it for my system to get clean?
Do not do it!!: One of the biggest problems with stopping smoking is that sometimes people get overconfident and think they can just smoke one again, "for the feeling" or for some other reason. Don't do it. The risks of falling back into the habit/addiction are too great. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
As you know you have: Starting to prepare your children for a new family addition should be natural. You can guide them through, why the mommy's belly is getting bigger, when you know the gender, you can tell them who is coming to joint them. Develop a role playing of big brothers and sisters and how they will take care of the baby, helping to feed and change the diapers, what they can do to help a mommy with a newbor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Comparison: Ask for comparison chart of benefits and exclusions. Most important is knowing the practitioners who participate and the hospitals they are contracted with. ...Read more
I am working on creating a healthy meal plan for my family but know very little about nutrition. Any tips? Websites? Example meals?
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