Perimenopause Anyone?

Updated on August 07, 2007
L.V. asks from Streamwood, IL
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Hi Moms!

I am ONLY 41 years young and swear I am going through perimenopause even though my doctor thinks I am nuts for thinking so. I have hot flashes, night sweats, super duper heavey monthly flow etc..... Anyone else start menopause early? What can be done?

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D.B.

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Hi L.,

I am 43 years old and experiencing the sweats, hot flashes and a much lighter flow each month then ususal.
I understand how you are feeling.
I heard that exercise can help.

Good Luck
D. B.

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J.W.

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I'd concur with what the others said. I am 36 and have the same symptoms, plus the fuzzing brain fog and achy-fever feeling a lot. I asked my dr and all she said, was I probably am pre-menopausal. I'm on my way to get a hysterectomy anyway.

See your ob/gyn, if they don't seem to want to help, get another one.

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C.R.

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I'm there! I'm 43 and started "feeling" perimenopausal a few years back. It can go on for about 10 years for some women before their periods stop and menopause is here! Oh goody. I don't think your "crazy" at all.
Hey it happens. Yuck.
It's about imposable to "test" for perimenopause because our hormones fluctuate so much in these time of ours lives. Its difficult to determine a "normal" at anytime of the cycle.
Only thing you could do is make sure your thyroid is in check.
You can try a couple of things. All of which are natural.
Estroven is one that can be purchased at just about any store.
Another is cream that can be applied daily for natural hormone replacement (most said that this route didn't work too well for them but its another option)
There seems to be an endless amount of different natural herbal formulas that could help. Do your research.
I ended up using at product called Natural Calm made by Natural vitality. It helps a whole bunch for me. It helps me sleep better which is a BIG part of the problem and causes some of the other "symptoms". It also helps with my hot feeling that I seem to get around my period. It's not hot flashes but bothersome just the same. Magnesium is responsible for temperature control in the body. Check into it. Some health food stores have samples that you could try.
Look up ideas that others have tried on Perimenopausal forums on the web. The info is priceless to see what other have gone through and tried.
Hope this helps some.
C.

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R.

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Get a new doctor. I am 43 and have had perimenopause before I
had my daughter. *near 8 years*. Hot flashes. After she was born,
and she was about 1, I had very heavy periods. *new pad full within minutes of changing it.* I have done seen a dr due to
I have no medical insurance, no funds to see one. I have not
really gone and looked at over the counter hormone stuff.
I do get night sweats and hot flashes still, and now my
periods a lighter and chunky *sorry for the details if that
makes any want to gag*.

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C.K.

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These ladies are right, you can start having perimenopausal symptoms in your 30's. I am 44 and I started having very different periods at 41. My breasts started hurting last year and this year I am experiencing mood swings. My CNM has told me it is most-definitely symptoms of perimenopause. You might want to consider finding a new doc who will take you seriously. A lot of it also depends on when your mother started menopause.

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K.A.

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It may be perimenopause but it could also just be hot flashes associated with other hormone fluctuation. I had a lot of hot flashes (night sweats mostly) and very heavy periods in my 20s and 30s and was not going through perimenopause. I have endometriosis and have had irregular progesterone fluxuations throughout the years which could have been the cause. I am now 41 also and just had my 1st child. I had a lot of night sweats for the first few months after having my son which I associate as just hormonal fluctuation. The sweats have stopped now. I know there are some herbs that are supposed to help with this. Check online or in some natural remedy books for some options. You may want to just have your Dr to test your FSH and estrogen levels on day 3 of your montly cycle to see if there is a hormonal imbalance or to rule out perimenopause. Let us know if you find something that helps. Good luck!

K.

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M.B.

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You need a new ob/gyn if he thinks you are nuts!! Perimenopause symptoms can start in the late 30's and last up to 10 years before you hit full blown menopause. 41 is not out of the realm of possibility. Get a full work up done that checks estrogen, progesterone, LH and FSH hormone levels. Those results should give a better picture exactly where you are in the arc. Good luck. As of 2 weeks ago, I have been diagnosed as beginning menopause. I am 49 and look 37- so I am told. I am not happy. But it sure beats the alternative.
M.

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D.S.

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It is possible for your hormones to get out of balance and send you into menopause early or perimenopause. Using natural hormones or nutritional supplements can help to kick you back out of it. However, if your mom went through menopause early it is possible for you to go through it early as well. At my office we can do nutritional testing to find out what organ is lacking and what nutritional products would help you to decrease the symptoms or to get you out back out of menopause. If you are interested, give me a call at ###-###-####. Thanks! Dr. Sandra S.

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L.C.

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Hi L.,
I am 49 and going thru PERImenapause. I think you need a new doctor! Everyone is differernt but it certainly is not out of the ordinary to start sooner than later. I have a fantastic doctor in Plano who listens and is so caring. SHe is at Presby Plano and her name is Dr. Kelli Watkins. ###-###-####
Hope that helps!
L.

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A.E.

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When my mom was 40, she was convinced she was going through perimenopause, but her doctor thought (like yours) that she was too young. However, after months of symptoms he finally did a blood test and sure enough SHE was right. In fact, he called at 9:30 one night to let her know the test results and to apologize for being wrong. Anyway, Some women just go through it early - every woman in my mother's family went through 'the change' before age 45. You may want to insist your doctor take a close look and do some tests, or you may want to see a new doctor who will take your concerns more seriously. Good Luck!

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J.L.

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Hi L.,

Sorry so late to respond, but I've been out of town and noticed your request. I have a friend who is 42 years of age and is going through the same thing. She started using the Arbonne natural balancing cream and it has helped TREMENDOUSLY! She no longer gets hot flashes and is not as moody as before. If you'd like to give it a try, I'd be happy to share some with you, at no obligation. That way, you don't have to spend money to try out something new and waste money if it doesn't work for you.

Good luck!

Sincerely,
Jacqueline
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S.W.

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Hi L., I know a lot of women who have the same symptoms and they are all YOUNG! Arbonne has a natural hormonal balancing cream that really helps - there is a progesterone only and a progesterone/phyto-estrogen cream that you just rub on your skin 1-2 times a day. Let me know if you would like more info about this! Hope you feel better soon!

S.
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R.F.

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L.,

You could indeed by perimenopausal. If your doctor doesn't consider your concerns, you should find one who does. There is a blood test (I just had one) that can determine where you are in relation to menopause, i.e. peri-, menopausal, or post-. The average age of menopause is 51; but, perimenopause symptoms can begin as early as 35. You need to have a medical professional who listens to your concerns and whom you can trust and rely on to treat you well.

You are not nuts by any stretch!

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L.F.

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I did the same thing. Have the doctor check your FSH level. (I think that is right, but I may have gotten it wrong.) If it is high, then you are in premenopause. By the time I was 42 I was in menopause. My mother did the same thing, so it may be hereditary.
My doctor didn't believe me either, but checked just to make sure and was SHE surprised!
So ask the doctor if there is any way of checking your blood to see if you are premenopausal. At least you can be reassured that you are not going crazy. I had panic attacks that were caused by this. Good luck, your feelings about it are probably right.

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L.A.

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Evening Primrose. A natural herb you can buy for sure at a health food store in capsule form. Consult a person at the store about the dosage.

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M.B.

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L.,
Yup, I have been going through it now for about 6 years, after a while you may not have a period for a couple of mo. I heard soy helps out even though I just sweated it through and still do till this day. I didn't have my period for 6 mo and I thought I was done but nope, I got it again and its about 10 days long now and full blown!!! Dr. don't know our bodies like we do, there are over the counter things you can take also, I would talk to another dr, do you see a gyno or regular general practitioner dr?
Good luck! hope you do better that I have, hot flash right now!!! man I hate it!!!
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H.M.

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Sorry to be blunt, but you need a new dr! LOL :) Perimenopause can start at ANY time in the 30s!!! I already have symptoms and treat mine naturally, although I am considering going to a dr that does bio identical hormones. (hot flashes get REALLY old REALLY quick!!) and I am only 34.
Hope you get to feeling better!! There was a post a while back about an obgyn that I really want to go see...I will see if I can find the email if you'd like!
HTH's!
H.

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K.H.

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At 32 I was going through perimenopause. I had been complaining for a months to my dr. asking if she could test my hormones or something and she said it is just age and no they couldn't test hormones...I found another dr who did test me and since then I have been on a hormone compound. Night and day difference.

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G.A.

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My mom was 37 and I had my last period about age 50. I think about 45 I was going through it. My friend told me her and her friend were trying to out eat hot sauce at that time and thought their periods quit because if hot sauces but I know she is the same age as me and it was just memopause. It just is nice to have it over. Harmones I believe caused me to have a stoke at age 49. I do not recommend them.

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H.C.

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L.,
I am only 27 and perimenopausal. I found out b/c we have been TTC for over a year now and when I had my progesterone checked it was very low (thats why I can't get prego) that is the first step is decline in progesterone. I am now doing progestrone cream and what a difference. My night sweats are gone etc. Find a doc that takes you seriously and get tested.

H.

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