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I have had three light periods in one month, can this a sign of going through the change, I am 48 years old

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Dear Rooftop,

This whole perimenopause and menopause deal can be so confusing.

What you are experiencing might very well be perimenopause (I call perimenopause and menopause PM&M for short!), but not necessarily.  Irregular periods are definitely on the list of symptoms – along with many more.   However, there are other things that can cause irregular periods.

Do you have any other symptoms? 

Either way, based on your age, you are probably going to be dealing with this soon if you aren’t already.

Does your gynecologist specialize in PM&M?   I found it helpful to interview a few doctors before I picked one.   Before you make an appointment I would read up on PM&M.  Educate yourself on the symptoms, tests and various options. 

I am not a scientist or a doctor.  I am an ordinary woman who had a really difficult and often depressing time with PM&M.  I was not prepared.  I struggled, but you don’t need to. 

I am E, the author of a new book (coming our March 1) called Shmirshky: think inside the box.  Shmirshky is what I call my vagina.   It is about PM&M.   

There is a lot of information out there.  I know it can be confusing and overwhelming.   That is why I wrote this book and made it simple and easy to read.   Think of it as your PM&M cliff notes!  Various definitions, symptoms, tests and options are clearly spelled out so that the ordinary person can understand them.   By the way, give this to the people that you love so that they will know what you are going through and be able to support you.     

Go to and order a book today!  Hopefully, you will find some of the answers you are looking for in the book.  Then pass it along so that we can prepare the next generation so that they can find they can get the support they need early.

 Please keep in touch with me at our communication headquarters, At Your Cervix!

Remember:  Reaching out is IN!  Suffering in Silence is OUT!


Dear Rooftop,

I agree with E that you are of the age for perimenopause and menopause. The only way to be certain is to have your hormones tested. Your gynecologist can do it - test blood or saliva. 

It sounds like you are not having any other symptoms right now. Hooray. And I'm hoping that you will be one of the lucky ones who have few or mild hot flashes, mood swings, etc.

If you do begin having uncomfortable symptoms, it is important to look at all the options and help available. (Which likely your gynecologist may not know. Not his/her fault - we are just learning so much right now as fewer women opt for HRT (hormone replacement therapy.)

Let me stress that menopause is individual and varies significantly woman to woman. For more info, check out the Menopause Goddess Blog and search for the symptoms or remedies you want more information about. Or write your concerns here and I'll do my best to help. You also may want to check out Women In Balance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to informing women of their choices.

Good luck. Menopause is the best and worst transition we go through as women. It truly is a new beginning. First we have to get through the ending.

Keep us posted!

Lynette Sheppard RN  Wellsphere Menopause Health Maven

Author of "The Big M"

NOTICE: The information provided on this site is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on Wellsphere. If you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.
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