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Can Perimenopause Mimic Pregnancy
Perimenopause symptoms include periods get closer together by 1-2 days and then space apart, vaginal dryness, hot flashes and night sweats.
Pregnancy symptoms include nausea, vomiting, breast tenderness and of course a missed period.
Some women do not have periods for 2-3 months when they are close to menopause. If you miss a period and you are usually regular, take a pregnancy test. ...Read more
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Started perimenopause symptoms at 43 I'm 46 3 negative pregnancy tests, missed three cycles. Menopause?
Possible but unsure: It is only after you have gone through at least 12 consecutive months of "missed ovulatory menstrual cycles" that you may be considered "menopausal". Until then, or unless your blood hormonal levels of FSH, LH are elevated in the menopausal range and your estrogens are very low, you may be considered to still be "perimenopausal" or simply entering the menopausal transition period of your life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
44 y.o. tubal (cut and seal) ligation done 13 years ago. No period this month 2 neg home pregnancy tests. Possibly pregnant vs perimenopause?
No period this month pregnancy test neg vagina is dry and sore u/s last month revealed not in perimenopause as egg follicles on ovaries abnormal bleed?
Late period 3 days. Negative pregnancy test. But had sore nipples, nausea. Last cycle was only 19 days long. Is this perimenopause?
42 yo woman. Missed my period for 2 months, breast a lil sore, nausea, sex drive very very high. Pregnancy or Perimenopause? No pregnancy test done.
Best to do the early: Pregnancy test you've been putting off. Along with increased risk of having a fetus or child Down Syndrome, other Trisomies & Autism with advanced maternal age, Metoprolol is a Class C drug in pregnancy. That means adverse effects on a fetus can't be ruled out. The fetal brain & other organs form during the 3rd-8th week after conception. You need to see your OB/GYN whether the EPT is + or -. ...Read more
Same as menopause: Perimenopause is the period of time when most women start to experience irregular periods and other symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings and night sweats. Menopause is not diagnosed until it has been one year without any periods. Everyone is different and some, all or even none of these symptoms may be present. ...Read more
No: The tests for menopause are very unreliable for perimenopause, perimenopause is better defined by the symptoms, which can last for months or years before periods stop completely. Sometimes, perimenopausal symptoms will come and go for a number of years before their final time. Especially, with this type of course, tests will be unreliable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varied: Some women are lucky enough to go thru peri-menopause w/o a hitch. Others complain of hot flashes, night sweats, irregular menses, moodiness, cognitive changes, decrease in libido, vaginal dryness and/or loss of lubrication, change in weight, change in skin, & more. Loss of bone density is well documented. ...Read more
NO Not Accurate: Hormone testing if abnormal is indicative of perimenopause, but normal levels may not be accurate. I've tested people, who are close to menopause and had results consistent with a 20 year old one month followed by those of 55 year old the next month. Hormone testing is very inaccurate. Symptoms are the most important factor with shortened and irregular cycles (<26 days). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Health food store: Natural over the counter supplements are best found at your local health food store. These do not require a prescription. Bio identical hormones made at compounding pharmacies must be written for by a physician. You will need to look around your area for someone who does this. ...Read more
Hormonal changes: Around menopause, some of the hormones in a woman's body which normally vary in a very predictable way start to change. The fluctuations are not as normal, and sometimes may not even occur. Ovaries produce less estrogen and the brain senses certain changes and tries to compensate. This in turn can affect bleeding patterns. Bleeding can be closer together, farther apart, heavier or even lighter. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Until a woman has had no menstrual periods for a full year, it is possible that she could unexpectedly ovulate and become pregnant. That said, fertility is certainly decreased at perimenopause. If a woman desires childbearing, she will likely need the intervention of a fertility specialist to be successful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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