and i still have a period once a month,,, sometimes every 3 weeks,,, an i bleed very very heavy for about 5 r 6 days,,, i havent asked a dr,,, but is this normal,,, and at what age do women usually stop... thanks for any answers
6 Oct 2012
Hello. Many women have their periods into their fifties.
My doctor said the best way to know when you will go through menopause is to look at your mother and her mother. He also said that late puberty coincides with early menopause. It was true for our family.
Your physician can help you through this. Everyone is so different, some women have very little noticeable effect or briefly. I agree that you should have your FSH measured. Just remember you can get pregnant even late into the forties if your FSH is still in the peri range.
For anyone with fibroids please know that once you hit menopause they start shrinking and your uterus goes back to normal. Even endometriosis stops. That is because the hormones aren't driving this.
14 Mar 2015
I dont have any advice,but I was looking for something to make me feel less odd, I am also 47 and have the same bleeding schedule-lucky if I have 3 days in a row blood free. I heard Menopause started at 47 and only lasted a year. Last year at this time I was gushing, I see no stopping yet and it has been a year.(my thing is I havent seen a doctor because I had pre-cervical cancer when I was young and haven't been back to the doctor since my kid was born 18 years ago, and I have become sexually active again, on the rare occasion that I can, and I am so scared to find out that i have it again)
6 Oct 2012
I can't tell you if it's normal for everyone, but it was for me. I bled so heavily that I made myself anemic for a period of time. Had periods on a regular basis, then they became erratic, sometimes coming twice a month, sometimes every 2-3 months. I started again yesterday and I haven't had a period in approx 7 months... I hadn't missed them either! I don't think there's really an age too give you. It starts happening to different women at different ages. I'm 49, but started going through Peri-menopause a few years ago and have worked my way up to the hot flashes and night sweats and all that fun stuff. A visit to your gyn dr would be a good start for you. They'll be able to help you out with information, plus make sure that all is well with you. I've heard that some women are able to breeze right through menopause without a problem. Right about now I'd happily go for a gale force wind to blow me to the other side!! :)
Like I said, a visit to your gyn is in order. I'm sure he/she will be able to answer all your questions and alleviate a lot of your worries. I hope this helps and I wish you all the best.
6 Oct 2012
Dear Igo, well I talk to women all day long in my profession and I can say a good many still have cycles after 45 and most complain they are heavy. The test to determine if you are in peripause or menopause is called an FSH test, the lower the number, the more fertile a lady is, at 29, they call it peripause and 34 is menopause. Brith control pills or hormone replacement therapy, is one way to treat the heavy flow. They can also do something called and ablation that often stops the bleeding all together or minimizes it. I started goingt thru peripause when I was 34, they staved it off with birth control pills for several years, they switched me to hormone replacment and now I am on the Bioidentical hormone replacment pellets, which are implanted under the skin, and last 4 to 6 months. It has been helpful for me and I am way more comfortable.
My mom had a period every 2 weeks when she was around 50, she had fibroids and finally had a hysterectomy for that reason. It wasn't the hot flashes that got to me so bad, it was the brain fog and anxiety. If you are having too many symptoms and need relief, talk to your dr, there is help. Patti
8 Oct 2012
I can definitely relate! I'm 46 and my periods are HEAVY! Every month I soak several pairs of pants and have to pre treat the bed sheets to remove blood. I found a very good blood remover incidentally. It is actually a degreaser that comes in the auto dept at Walmart but it is even better than peroxide for taking blood out! It comes in a purple bottle and I buy it by the gallon! I can fully soak an overnite pad in 1-2 hours. It sucks! My periods are beginning to space out a little further. Today has been 31 days (I think) I keep meaning to mark it on the calendar so I can keep track but I keep forgetting. I have had my tubes tied for years and pregnancy is not a concern so I never pay attention to periods. My husband has 4 sisters and he always tells me that I'm the only female he knows who doesnt know when the Japanese flag will be flying! lol Anyway, I have been having a lot of medical crap going on too.
I have been in so much pain and now it is not just in my back but all over! My fingers, my neck, shoulders, low back, hips and knees. I have been struggling with fatigue too-no matter how much I sleep, I'm just exhausted! I found out that my RA factor is elevated, my uric acid was slightly elevated, I'm pre-diabetic and I'm anemic! Okay then! No wonder I'm tired! I'm supposed to see a Rheumy in November for the first time. I could just kick my pain Dr for reducing my meds back in June but perhaps this has been going on for who knows how long and it was masked by the meds, but still! I was so much better on my former dose! I knew I wasnt feeling right and their answer was to reduce my meds! It couldnt have been a real problem-it must just be me being drug seeking or whatever he was thinking!? I'm rather put out about it anyway. I have been miserable since June. So we will see what happens! My stress levels have been through the roof too! I just sent my oldest boy off to Army boot camp at Fort Sill so I have been having an emotional time of it. It has been hard having him gone because he has never been away from home much. He was always an "at home" kind of kid-he was never big on running around. His friends would hang out here at my house. He and two others have joined. One friend went the day before he did and the other boy is following in November. It is so quiet here without him. We used to talk a lot every day too so it has been hard but I'm managing. It just adds extra stress. My job has been extra stressful too lately so I'm about to be an exploding stress bomb! Between the stress and the pain-you guys know how it is! Sooner or later I will get to the GYN. I would love to just have the ablation done but I may have fibroids. My mother had them and she thinks I do as well. My SIL went to get the ablation but she has fibroids so it didnt work completely for her but it made her periods way lighter!
Ruthie-your incidence with the salsa sounds very familiar with two young men in the home (well now I'm down to one) Usually for me, it ends up being glass and glass on a tile floor is no fun. It just explodes and sends glass shards everywhere! And Patti, I had to laugh about the frozen chicken because I did have that happen to me. A 3-4 lb frozen chicken fell out of the freezer right on my foot! OMG that hurt! I also had a 3lb Crisco can filled with old grease fall through the bottom of a paper trash bag and land on my big toe right where my nail bed lies-I cant even describe how bad that one hurt! I couldnt even breathe for 15 minutes! I just rocked back and forth on the floor with blood squirting out from under my toenail! Oh that HURT!! lol My husband still gives me a hard time about those incidents. He even made up a song about it!
Thanks, you all, for providing some laughs today and it is heartening to know I'm not the only one praying for menopause! When I was in Nursing School, I remember the unit we had on female reproduction and they covered how some women are severly depressed when their menses stop and that they are no longer fertile and I remember thinking then "who in the world would be sad to see their periods go!" well, what I thought was a little worse than that but I dont want to hurt anyones feeliongs in case they feel sentimental about menopause. I mean on one hand I can understand but I'm sorry, I will NEVER miss bleeding every stinking month and long weekend and vacation! lol
Have a good one ladies!
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