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Doctor insights on: Phantom Periods Related To Menopause

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What are symptoms of a phantom period?

What are symptoms of a phantom period?

Perimenopause: Phantom periods are not a recognized diagnosis as far as I know. It is a phrase coined by life-style sites such as Dr. Oz. What you may be describing are the symptoms of perimenopause. The symptoms are too many to name in 400 characters. Here is a good link:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/perimenopause/basics/symptoms/con-20029473 ...Read more

Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

The absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more


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The normal female starts menopause in her 50's. Can you tell me at what age the tested/researched women periods started?

The normal female starts menopause in her 50's. Can you tell me at what age the tested/researched women periods started?

12.5 years: The average age for the onset of menstruation is 12 years and 6 months of age. Some girls/women begin having periods earlier and some later, the average is 12.5 years. ...Read more

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Are off and on periods a sign of menopause?

Possible: Check w/your doctor and testing can tell you. ...Read more

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Are periods that last weeks normal in menopause?

Are periods that last weeks normal in menopause?

Depends: Bleeding irregularites are not uncommon in perimenopasue however I would no ignore this. I would recommend following up with a gynecologist further about this. Further evaluation may be needed with pelvic ultrasound and possibly biopsy. ...Read more

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How long is pri menopause last after you miss periods?

Perimenopause: Peri menopause is as your ovulation slows down and become irregular with accompanying symptoms no definate period. ...Read more

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Is this normal? I have a period after 2 years of menopause?

No. See GYN: This is post menopausal bleeding which is not normal. It may be from endometrial polyp, hyperplasia, endometrial or cervcal cancer or fibroids. Please see a gyn dotor for appropriate evaluation. ...Read more

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Can women that start their period late start menopause early?

Can women that start their period late start menopause early?

No.: If you are worried about going into menopause early, you can have a pelvic ultrasound done to evaluate your "follicle count.". ...Read more

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What's the relation between the age you get your period and menopause?

What's the relation between the age you get your period and menopause?

Not much.: If you are worried about going into menopause early, you can have a pelvic ultrasound done to evaluate your "follicle count, or check your amh level. ...Read more

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If I got my first period at 15 does it mean i'll have a later menopause?

If I got my first period at 15 does it mean i'll have a later menopause?

The opposite: Most patients who start their periods earlier go through menopause later, and those who start later (after age 12) usually end in their 40's. Also, check the age of your mother's menopause, if she did not have surgery (hysterectomy) and you will have a rough idea about your own. ...Read more

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Menopause. When you have not had a period for 4 months are you in menopause?

Menopause. When you have not had a period for 4 months are you in menopause?

Yes: Menopause is a process that takes several years. It is manifest by irregularity of periods regarding frequency, amount, & duration. What you are experiencing is variability in they frequency of your periods. You may have a period monthly or you may skip several months & then have another period. This may go on for several years until they eventually stop altogether. Look for hot flashes & sweats. ...Read more

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I'm 29 could I be going thru menopause? Haven't had a period since end of february

I'm 29 could I be going thru menopause? Haven't had a period since end of february

See below: For your own peace of mind, please make an appointment with your primary doctor or obgyn. You need to find out what's happening and it can only be done by face-to-face encounter. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it normal during menopause to get period again 12 days after getting last period?

Is it normal during menopause to get period again 12 days after getting last period?

It can be: While irregular bleeding due to hormonal changes is common during perimenopause, more serious causes of bleeding have to be ruled out. A sonogram or biopsy of the uterine lining may be useful. You should make an appointment with your gynecologist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I'm a 55yr old female, should I be in menopause now? My last period was December 2014.

I'm a 55yr old female, should I be in menopause now? My last period was December 2014.

Variable menopause: Menopause occurs at variable ages from 43 to 55 normally. If you are still having regular periods then unfortunately, menopause has not yet occurred. If you are skipping periods, a GYN MD can do a FSH blood test and determine if you are close to that "magical" period cessation time. Genetically, some women have a later menopause then others. ...Read more

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Is this is my menopause symptom? I haven't had my periods over 7weeks, I'm 48 years old

Is this is my menopause symptom? I haven't had my periods over 7weeks, I'm 48 years old

Could be pregnancy: Many things, including pregnancy, can cause a missed period, although pregnancy isn't common at your age. Keep track of your periods, use birth control if you're sexually active, and know that the definition of menopause is one full year without a period. You should talk with your doctor about the menopausal transition. ...Read more

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What does it mean when friboids grow slightly over a 3year period when you are in menopause?

What does it mean when friboids grow slightly over a 3year period when you are in menopause?

Fibroid growth: Fibroids typically stop growing in menopause and often shrink somewhat. If there seems to be enlargement, then you should be checked by a gyn specialist and have endovaginal ultrasound. Sometimes increase size is not real and appears so just because of different technique in measuring. ...Read more

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People say that the younger you start your period, the younger you will start menopause. Is this true?

People say that the younger you start your period, the younger you will start menopause. Is this true?

No.: Best indicator of when you will go into menopause is the age your mother went into menopause. Also, you can check your amh blood level and get an antral follicle count done via pelvic ultrasound. ...Read more

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I am 35 & my periods over the last 5 months have been 1-2 days they are brown is this normal & am I starting early menopause?

I am 35 & my periods over the last 5 months have been 1-2 days they are brown is this normal & am I starting early menopause?

It is possible: Start of menopause is different for each individual. You need to see your gynecologist for evaluation and rule out of any other problems. Take care. ...Read more

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I am 28 year old female concerned about short duration of my monthly period which is hardly 3 days. Am I closer to menopause?

Not likely: This could be bleeding outside of your normal menses, it could be that you didn't ovulate this month and it could be early pregnancy related bleeding. Premature menopause (menopause before age 35) would usually be the cessation of periods as a result of ovarian failure. ...Read more

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Stop menstruating 9 months ago all of sudden got period I'm 50 thought I started menopause is this normal don't know what's going on?

Stop menstruating 9 months ago all of sudden got period I'm 50 thought I started menopause is this normal don't know what's going on?

Not uncommon: Periods become irregular around 50 years of age. But they usually stop completely over another year or so. If you have any more /irregular bleeding, need to go see your gynecologist as post menopausal bleeding can be sign of uterine diseases. So any more 'periods' especially if they occur irregularly (more than once a month), you must get yourself checked by a gynecologist. ...Read more

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My periods last 3 days instead of 4-5 days, has been happening in the last 10 months. Is it Menopause or something else. I am 46 year old.?

My periods last 3 days instead of 4-5 days, has been happening in the last 10 months. Is it Menopause or something else. I am 46 year old.?

Could be: It could be that you are going into perimeopause. This is a time when periods can change and become irregular. The average age of menopause is 50 but it can happen earlier or later. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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I recently was told I am starting menopause. I hadn't a period since 10/13. Now for the past 3 months I've had a period. Can you explain that?

I recently was told I am starting menopause. I hadn't a period since 10/13. Now for the past 3 months I've had a period. Can you explain that?

Yes: Menopause rarely happens with perfect timing. Generally, cycles get closer together for some years and then they start to spread out further. It is not at all uncommon to stop cycling for some months and then start again. The cycles may be regular for several months and then stop again. Anything goes. In time cycles will end for good. Don't forget to get help with Estrogen. You are young! ...Read more

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Took period after over 3 years without one. Have menopause and using coil. No health problems except slightly overweight. Is this a sinister sign?

Took period after over 3 years without one. Have menopause and using coil. No health problems except slightly overweight. Is this a sinister sign?

Not sure: There is no way to know. You should be evaluated by exam, ultrasound and likely a biopsy of the uterus. Bleeding in menopause is cancer until proven otherwise, but most likely you are fine ...Read more

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I am a 51 year old female, I have had regular periods over the years but now it is intermittent. Every 3 months or so. Is is caused by menopause?

Yes: This is normal as long as everything else with you is fine. Ave age of menopause is 52. This is just the average. Can go longer or shorter. So you are in this average ...Read more

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My periods normally comes about every 25 days, for the past 2 mths, they have been 24 days. Is this a sign of menopause? What can I do? I have no kids

My periods normally comes about every 25 days, for the past 2 mths, they have been 24 days. Is this a sign of menopause? What can I do? I have no kids

No: Not a sign of menopause, to have babies and you have been trying for sometime, you need to have stable relationship with stable rate of intercourse, better see an infertility specialist, a reproductive endocrinologist, for evaluation of both yourself and your partner, good luck ...Read more

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52, still have monthly periods but this month got it may 8 and again on may 20, also last few months period lasting a bit longer, menopause or concern?

Probably menopause: But, having an exam to be sure is not foolish. Also you might talk about what to expect and what to be concerned about and options for HRT, diet, etc. To make these years as pleasant as possible. Irregularities (changes) are often a sign of 'the change' and most expect less - not more - from their periods, but change is change. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I have just started with menopause I am 45 and I should have a a period on the 15 of june but I have not had it yet. When will I have a period. Thank?

Hard to say: If, in fact, you are in the perimenopause, you can have irregular periods for months or years. Did you doctor say you were in the perimenopause? If you've only missed one period, it could mean 1) early menopause; 2) perimenopause; or 3) late period. Sometimes blood tests can help us estimate where you are in the menopause transition, but they aren't always clear cut and dry. See an md if worry. ...Read more