How do you know?
It’s been several weeks since I should have had my last period and I’m v. regular. I can’t even remember the last time I missed one altogether. Also I have been getting the odd hot flush. They don’t last v. long maybe 2 or 3 minutes but I’m also getting them at night as they wake me up.
I’m in my early 40s so I’m wondering if this is the menopause?
Any other symptoms I should be looking out for? I’m not grumpy – yet!
overwhelming desire to buy a new sports car and run off with girls half your age.
oh, you mean the famale menopause...
Hello - didn't get a chance to reply yesterday as it was a bit busy at work.
BBH - thanks, I might see if I can pick one up at the weekend. I'm off on holiday next week and I think I could relax more if I do this before I go.
SSP - will go and see my doctor next month when I can finally get some time off work. It would be sensible to rule out anything else just in case.
Skotty - I can't drive
minardi - I was hoping the hot flushes were temp. and would go once hormones had settled down. I'm already a bit prone to overheating and v. disorganised, really hope it doesn't get worse! Here's hoping for a coolish summer...
the GP can do a blood test which will tell you if you are perimenopausal (beginning) or further down the line - I think it's something to do with the pituatry gland but not 100%. I had the test at 35 and was already well into the menopause. If you are 100% sure you cannot be pregnant you could ask for this test for confirmation.
If you don't want HRT there are loads of natural aides and remedies, the one pink armadillo isusing seems to work for her so worth a try, although what works for one person won't necessarily work for another but there are plenty to try.
Good luck, don't let it worry you and remember it really is just nature doing her stuff!
Belated thanks for the extra replies
I did the test from Boots which was negative and I also felt a bit PMT-ish last week. I haven't had any hot flushes for about a week now but still no sign of my period. I'll try and get a doctor's appointment next week to see what's going on.
I'm not menopausal
Blood tests all came back normal week and period has finally started this morning. Phew! Must have been stress/long working hours/horrible sore throat from earlier this year that threw things out of kilter.
Cute ginger kitten for your atavar!
You are in the age range where things start changing. My sisters were telling me with glee this exact fact when I was down visiting in NZ...they are both through and on the other side, except for the hot flushes still making the odd visit.
One of my perimenopausal delights the last few years is getting night sweats in the couple of days before my period. First time I have been ever able to work out when the damn thing was due to start.
Mozzy wrote (see)
One of the few advantages of being 40 plus is that you can tell everyone that you're menopausal when in fact you're just in a very, very bad mood. And get away with it!
Oh yes, how true !
I currently explain every little mood swing and every stupid thing I do by saying 'hormones' with a big grin on my face
Hmmm, while I'm glad that I'm not menopausal (yet), I'd forgotten about how much I hate periods! Blood everywhere, foul temper and horrible back ache. So far today:
Thank God for Nurofen and chocolate
I hate being a girl.
All men have to deal with is a few badly timed hard ons in class when they're about 14 and then for the rest of their lives they just plod on regardless.
I haven't got any menopausal signs yet but I'm 37 and that's probably a bit too young.
I hate periods, but what comes next is no better is it?
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