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Am I entering Menopause now?

Posted by Sapphyre

I am 49 and for the past 3 months my periods have been either late or when it did start I bleed for almost 8 day instead of my usual 5 days. And recently I wake up with night sweats, my hair and top of my night clothes are damp. Is this something I need to worry about? I have never had a heat flash yet, I have heard of them but thank God I havent had any as of yet.
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Hi Sapphyre,

It certainly sounds like perimenopause - the stage before menopause, which actually refers to a full year with no period.  The only way to be sure is to have your hormone levels checked - either via blood test or saliva testing.  Your physician can order those for you.   Also there is an over the counter test marketed by Estroven - I have not heard how good it is.

Good luck - may you never have hot flashes. 

All my best,

Lynette Sheppard RN

Thanks for your answer, I forgot to mention that for the past month I have been going for pain management and the Dr has been giving me weekly injections of steriods in my hips and back. Could that be the cause of the late period?

Dear Sapphyre,

I'm not sure - be best to ask your MD about that one.  I've not heard of that as a side effect with steroids, but growing facial hair and some other hormonal symptoms I have heard of with longer term steroid use definitely.

Again, I think hormone testing will be of help to narrowing this down for you.

Keep us posted!

All my best,

Lynette Sheppard Rn

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