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My mom is 50 years old and she was telling me her last period was 20 days long and she has depression is she going through menapause?
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Ashley Brundrett
General Practice
6 doctors agree
In brief: Peri-Menopause
At her age, it is likely she might be going through peri-menopause, a period, average 4 years, before menopause.
Typical and common symptoms include irregular cycles, less time between cycles or skipped cycles, depression, hot flashes, trouble with sleep, mood swings/irritability. Hormonal imbalances/thyroid problems also need to be ruled out. She should see her doctor for an evaluation.

In brief: Peri-Menopause
At her age, it is likely she might be going through peri-menopause, a period, average 4 years, before menopause.
Typical and common symptoms include irregular cycles, less time between cycles or skipped cycles, depression, hot flashes, trouble with sleep, mood swings/irritability. Hormonal imbalances/thyroid problems also need to be ruled out. She should see her doctor for an evaluation.
Ashley Brundrett
Ashley Brundrett
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Dr. Seema Patel
Holistic Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Perimenopause
Perimenopause is the time before menopause (and menopause is 1 year w/o a period).
Women can have hot flashes, poor sleep, depression, mood swings, irregular periods with heavy bleeding, dizziness, memory fog, vaginal dryness. She should see her gyne to make sure there are no other causes of bleeding. Treatments will depend on the cause or possible hormones.

In brief: Perimenopause
Perimenopause is the time before menopause (and menopause is 1 year w/o a period).
Women can have hot flashes, poor sleep, depression, mood swings, irregular periods with heavy bleeding, dizziness, memory fog, vaginal dryness. She should see her gyne to make sure there are no other causes of bleeding. Treatments will depend on the cause or possible hormones.
Dr. Seema Patel
Dr. Seema Patel
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Probably
You mother's symptoms could easily be, and at her age likely are due to menopause.
Most women with those symptoms would benefit from treatment for cycle control to lessen the bleeding and for treatment of the mood disorder. She should see her gynecologist.

In brief: Probably
You mother's symptoms could easily be, and at her age likely are due to menopause.
Most women with those symptoms would benefit from treatment for cycle control to lessen the bleeding and for treatment of the mood disorder. She should see her gynecologist.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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