Too young for The Change
November 8, 2012 1:00 PM Subscribe
Tell me about your experience with peri-menopause.
posted by Seahorse, rode hard and put away wet to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
During an office visit for something else entirely, my GP "diagnosed" me with peri-menopause a few months ago. The conversation went like this:
Me: "My periods have gotten irregular and are becoming heavier and more frequent."
Her: "Oh, that's peri-menopause. Go see the OB/GYN if it bother you. They might want you to have an IUD."
So, diagnosis, but no real workup for it.
I'm 39. I go something like 11 to 20 days between periods, which sometimes means I get two a month. They're heavier and are lasting a little longer. I had a pap smear/pelvic in the spring (before this started) and everything was normal, I'm told. I also have occasional hot flashes, but those started before the increased periods, during an unrelated course of steroids earlier in the year.
I am thinking about seeing the gyno, just to make sure they didn't miss something, but am resistant to the IUD for some reason.
If you've been through peri-menopause, was it similar to what I'm experiencing? How old were you? How long did it last? Was it followed immediately by the Real Menopause™?
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