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I'm 57 and still having regular periods--WHY???

Posted by carol1954

I'm 57 and still having regular periods--WHY???  What is wrong with me?  Several months ago I went 80 days without a period, then they came back as "normal" as ever.  Why won't they stop????  My FSH is 40, which my Dr. says indicates I AM in menopause.  HA!
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If you look at a bell curve distribution of the age at which women enter menopause, most fall somewhere between mid-40s and mid-50s, so you're really not all that far off the mark.  In other words, there's nothing wrong with you.  If anything, you probably have stronger bones as a result.


So you're still having relatively regular periods despite an FSH of 40 (high levels are suggestive of but not diagnostic for menopause).  Are you suffering from any vasomotor instability, eg hot flashes and/or night sweats, mood changes, eg depression or extreme emotionality, weight gain, cognitive dysfunction, eg cloudy thinking, etc?  More importantly, are you still noticing any monthly cramping, eg mittelschmirtz or ovulation pain?  Any bloating or pelvic pain?


Persistent uterine bleeding can be due to fibroids and cancer.  It might not be a bad idea to have a pelvic ultrasound and endometrial biopsy or D&C to be absolutely sure.  This is probably overkill in your current situation but absolutely indicated if you were to start noticing your period again after 12 months' cessation.


By the way, one doesn't usually just abruptly enter into menopause but rather goes thru a time when one's menses become (more & more) irregular & then infrequent.  So perhaps your "several months ago" was the start?  If you're concerned, always get a 2nd opinion.  Good luck!

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