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Average Age Perimenopause
Everyone different: Average age 45+/-, signaled by irregular periods. Early perimenopause cycles different by 7 days or more, late perimenopause(pm) starts with no period more than 60 days. Starts and stops. Most symptoms(sx) in late pm, but symptoms like night sweats and hot flashes and sleep disturbance in days before eriod can start when periods still regular. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Years: Women who start to have perimenopausal symptoms can have these symptoms for 5 or more yeats before menopause. Are you talking about irregular periods, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings? Some of these symptoms have casues other than impending menopause. Best to have evalution by physician. ...Read more
Yes, possible: Yes, technically that is possible. There are some medical conditions (i.e. Turner's syndrome) where the female infant is born and has no eggs left. For most women that undergo premature menopause, no specific cause is found. You can have your doctor check a blood test called AMH (a marker of your egg reserve). Perimenopausal signs are hot flashes + night sweats with high FSH and low estrogen. ...Read more
What are the most common symptoms of menopause or perimenopause and at what most common age does it start?
Perimenopause: Perimenopause can begin in a few women in their 30s, but much more commonly in their 40s. This is a time of unstable changes in the balance of hormones that can cause many symptoms and distress in a womans life. Pms, fatigue, "foggy thinking" , mood changes, depression, flu like feelings, insomnia, irregular periods, sexual dysfunction and other. Menopause is when there are no periods for 1year. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is a normal age for perimenopause, does PMS appear in perimenopause? What are the differences between symptoms?
Surprisingly : 35-55 don't be surprise by quite young age ...Read more
Time 2 get a checkup: There are a lot of reasons for short periods and it's worth getting it checked out. It could be reflective of thyroid disorders, non-hormonal gynecologic problems such as fibroids, and others. Your OB/GYN should be able to help you sort it out. Pro-tip: when you go, describe exactly how is it short - the number of days of the flow, or the number of days between periods? ...Read more
Is it true that the natural scent of a woman's vagina change as she ages and goes through perimenopause?
I am 41 and for the past few years my periods have only lasted for a few days. Is this normal at my age? Is this the beginnings of perimenopause?
Maybe: This could be just normal variation. You should talk with your doc and have some labs drawn. ...Read more
Period usually 5-6 days. Last 3 cycles has been 8 days. 32 years old had 7 kids, also started menses at age 10. Is this possibly perimenopause?
Longer periods: Abnormalities of your menstrual cycle can be caused by a number factors. Metabolic causes such as thyroid disease, diabetes and menopause are easy to screen with a thorough history, physical exam, and blood work. Anatomic causes exist as well such as uterine polyps, uterine fibroids and endometrial hyperplasia. An endometrial biopsy along with a pelvic ultrasound are useful diagnostic tools. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a progesterone test of 15.5 ng/ml 7 day post ovulation means the women is not entering perimenopause or other tests needed? Can it occur at age 34
Ovulation occurred: If done, progesterone levels are checked on day 21 of the cycle (7 days after ovulation) to check if ovulation occurred. A structure within the egg, the corpus luteum, normally produces progesterone. Documenting ovulation does not confirm or deny perimenopause. Typically tests are not done to confirm perimeno, but irregular periods & other symptoms may suggest it. It RARELY occurs as young as 34:) ...Read more
I am in perimenopause, age 53, and am experiencing some vulva irritation. I heard of a cream called Neogyn. Is this safe or can you suggest something?
Prevaleaf: I do not know that brand. I recommend Prevaleaf Oasis and Prevaleaf Soothe for premenopausal dryness and irritation. It is available on Amazon or directly from their website. ...Read more
Hormone balance: Basically, the ovary becomes dysfunctional past a certain age, which is why women are less fertile at 35 than they are at 25. Most hormones affect one another so that as we age, we become imbalanced. This can lead to the symptoms commonly referred to as perimenopause. They are treatable and reversible. While depression may be present, it almost never is the sole culprit of these symptoms. ...Read more
Varies widely: Average would be about 8 years. Some patients however, never have the first symptom of menopause during the entire transition. So it may be hard to really pinpoint the onset of this timeframe. Subtly things like mood changes, headaches, pre-cycle bloating, night sweats, hot flashes, may all be indicative of this change. Cycle shortening to 26 days or shorter is also very characteristic. ...Read more