Originally Posted by debs1000
She told me that, next time there is a 3 month gap between cycles, I should come in to get some kind of medication which would induce my period. She went on to explain that since I'm not consistently ovulating, my uterus will just keep 'filling up' until gravity forces a menstrual period.
May I suggest that the advice of your doctor is certainly different from any other gynocologist that I have ever heard. Women's uteruses don't just keep "filling up" until gravity forces the blood to run out. Our periods, and the perimenopause time of life is about the fluctuation of hormones. Progesterone causes the uterus to thicken the lining (not
the interior like a water baloon!) with blood and other nutrients, and then this is released when the level of progesterone goes down.
You aren't going to explode from too much blood if you pass on your doctor's invitation to induce your period. There are certainly times when using extra hormones to balance the body's own levels is indicated. But just because you haven't had a period in 3 months is in itself not an indication of anything that needs fixing!
HRT (hormone relpacement therapy) can help some women who are having peri symptoms that make life difficult (I use an estrogen patch myself). But, I repeat, going 3 months without a period is something to be celebrated at this time of life -- it's perfectly normal as your hormones fluctuate, and lots of women on this Board are looking forward to the end of periods altogether.
End of rant. Welcome to the Menopause Board! -- and to perimenopause!