and hoping to find some answers to my questions re end of periods.
Here is a bit about me and query, I am 52, 53 this year. I had my last, very light period in June 2007. the year before I had 2 very light periods thats all. I am still taking the pill but intending to stop next month when supply is finished. I reckon that I have finished the menopause, no known symtoms now.
My questions are .....
Is there anything to look out for stop taking the mini pill, been on it for 5 years approx.
Is a full year enough time to warrant not taking any other precautions ?
Now before somebody says see your doctor.... I do not have one, here we have to go private (not allowed to join the system) and my spanish won't cover this at all.
Hi, Bonnie . . . my doctor says if you are not on pills or shots and you still have not had even staining or spotting after a year, you no longer need to worry about other methods of protection, so you will need to use something else until that time just to be safe.
Being on birth control can skew results, so you will need to count the time from after you stop taking it.
I am on Depo-Provera since age 36, started peri-menopause at 48, and am now 51 and still on the D-P. He is going to do more tests later on to see if I can go off of the D-P but I am still spotting and staining, so I am still potentially fertile.
Last edited by Lindaru; 07-14-2008 at 10:19 PM.
Reason: To add something.
Have you had any spotting or staining since your June 2007 period? If you have, you still need to be cautious for up to a year after you stop the pill.
There is a drug store test you can buy called FSH for follicle stimulating hormone which may indicate whether or not you have completed menopause, and if you take this and it shows you have, then you need not worry at all.
My doctor said once I stop spotting and staining, I am going off of the Depo-Provera and for a year, I watch to see if anything happens. If nothing does, he will give me a test and examination, and most likely it will show I have completed menopause.
bonnie, although it's not entirely impossible for a woman over 50 to become pregnant naturally, it's most unlikely, indeed extremely rare, and particularly in your own case with you not having had a period for over 12 months. i know it's easy for me to say, but i really wouldn't worry about the unexpected patter of tiny feet!!