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How long does perimenopause usually last?

How long does perimenopause usually last?

Unpredictable: Some women will have symptoms for only a few months and others will have them for 20-40 years. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Lyons
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Perimenopause (Definition)

Period of time when your estrogen levels start to decline, your periods become irregular, symptoms such as hot flashes may begin, along with mood swings and other ...Read more


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What is the average age for perimenopause in UK how long does it last ?

USA: I don't know about the UK, but average age of menopause in the US is 52. Most start the perimenopausal period at 48-50 years of age. ...Read more

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How long can spotting last during perimenopause and is it normal? I have had 3 colposcapies in the last 10 years and they have all been normal.

How long can spotting last during perimenopause and is it normal? I have had 3 colposcapies in the last 10 years and they have all been normal.

Spotting @ 55: Perimenopause can cause lightened or absent periods with spotting. However, endometrial cancer also presents in the same way. Colposcopies are not the prime way to assess the endometrium as it looks at the endocervical canal and cervix itself and not the endometrium. An endometrial biopsy will tell you and your MD much more about why you are spotting if this is worrisome. ...Read more

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Late period 3 days. Negative pregnancy test. But had sore nipples, nausea. Last cycle was only 19 days long. Is this perimenopause?

Late period 3 days. Negative pregnancy test. But had sore nipples, nausea. Last cycle was only 19 days long. Is this perimenopause?

Could be: You should re do the test in 4-5 days. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions for the test carefully. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Why do I no longer have the urge for sex during perimenopause?

Why do I no longer have the urge for sex during perimenopause?

Sex and perimenopaus: Increased stress. Level and hormonal imbalance , which can be common at this time , can cause that. ...Read more

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I'm healthy, active and in perimenopause. Hard time reaching orgasm, new problem. Used lube, still takes long time. Bloodwork normal. Any help?

I'm healthy, active and in perimenopause.  Hard time reaching orgasm, new problem.  Used lube, still takes long time. Bloodwork normal. Any help?

See a doctor: See a primary, gynecologist or urogynecologist. Recommend evaluation of medication conditions such as diabetes, nerve disorders, back disorders....that could be contributing. If no medical issues, then your brain is your largest sex organ. Find things that stimulate your brain. Practice makes perfect. ...Read more

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Is 34 too young to start perimenopause? Been passing lots of larger clots and having lots or cramps last couple cycles with this cycle coming late.

Perimenopause : the transition can start at any age but the average is about 45. There are many reasons for heavy menses that are more common in younger women. You will need a thorough exam and work up to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Can my periods become irregular due to perimenopause even if i am on the bc patch? I am 43 years old & just had period a week early & lasted 12 days

Can my periods become irregular due to perimenopause even if i am on the bc patch?  I am 43 years old &  just had period a week early & lasted 12 days

Yes: If your body is changing with natural aging, and your hormones are fluctuating, and at times you may not be ovulating, then your period can certainly be affected despite the patch you are on. ...Read more

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Could it have been an ovarian cyst? 47 yo female, in perimenopause. Been experiencing dull pressue in left lower abdomen for about a week, beginning right after ending a period. Last evening, experienced a small amount of pink (blood) upon wiping after u

Could it have been an ovarian cyst? 47 yo female, in perimenopause.  Been experiencing dull pressue in left lower abdomen for about a week, beginning right after ending a period. Last evening, experienced a small amount of pink (blood) upon wiping after u

Yes, : Yes, that could very well be an ovarian cyst. Cysts often cause pressure, then a sudden pain. Taking advil (ibuprofen) can often help. They usually resolve on their own. If there is any chance of pregnancy, then the patient should take a pregnancy test to rule out other causes. Be sure and tell your doctor about your symptoms or see them earlier if your symptoms worsen. Cysts are also more common during peri-menopause. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Missed period: There are many causes of missed period, but if your pregnancy test is negative, then its not from pregnancy! there may be another cause of not feeling well that is also affecting your periods. ...Read more

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I am 43 and on the birth control patch and have been for a very long time. Is it true that bc will always mask perimenopause symptoms?

I am 43 and on the birth control patch and have been for a very long time. Is it true that bc will always mask perimenopause symptoms?

Yes: the patch contains estrogen, and menopause is characterized by estrogen deficiency, which you will not experience if you are receiving supplemental estrogen. ...Read more

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Took prometrium (micronized progesterone) for 6 weeks for perimenopause symptoms. Started out with improvements but didn't last. Now what?

See your doctor: Your ob/gyn specialist can review your symptoms and suggest treatment based on your medical and family history. This may include estrogen in addition to the Prometrium (micronized progesterone) you are taking now. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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Im currently on CD62. Usually my cycle is 60. I experienced small spotting last night, but no period as per normal. Im very worried. Perimenopause?

Im currently on CD62. Usually my cycle is 60. I experienced small spotting last night, but no period as per normal. Im very worried. Perimenopause?

Unlikely: Your cycles are abnormally long at 60 days and I think someone should look into that but you are very young for this to be perimenopause at 28. The perimenopause is usually the 5 years before and the 5 years after your last period (when you run out of eggs). Menopause before age 40 is considered premature and is abnormal. Check a pregnancy test and see a doctor to help explain the long cycles. ...Read more

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FM 50,perimenopause , from last two days i get spells of coldness in my both calf muscles, no pain,numbness,tingling. So what to do? Thanks

FM 50,perimenopause , from last two days i get spells of coldness in my both calf muscles, no pain,numbness,tingling. So what to do? Thanks

Cold Calves: Lower extremity coldness can be due to many conditions, too numerous to discuss here. With hormonal fluctuations, as a woman approaches menopause, there may be a phenomenon of superficial vascular hyper-reactivity. Dilation is often described by many women as hot flashes, dizziness, sweating, etc. If vessels constrict, blood flow decreases, the skin will cool, hence the cold limbs. ...Read more