Only 43 years old. No period for 9 months. Please Help.
Hi everyone, thanks for taking the time to read about my story.
I am a woman of 43 and I have not had a period since July 2011. For some background info leading up to this long stretch of time, I will tell you that for several years I would have a few skipped periods each year.. this became more frequent as the years went on. For example, let's say 4 years ago I started having a period for a few months, then i would stop for a month, pick it back up .. next year, it would be two months skipped in between and so forth. I just assumed I was one of those people that got irregular periods.
Starting in 2008, I started getting my annual pap smears again just to be safe. All came back normal. In July 2011, I stopped having my period. I figured within 3 months, it would just start up like usual. When it became November 2011 with still no sign, I went to the doctors. I was given a pap smear, ultrasound and hormonal test for my levels. I was told that I had a simple cyst on my left ovary (about 3 cm's) but that my levels and everything else was normal. I was told to take Provera to bring on my period. The thing is ..... after reading about all the possible side effects, I am scared to death to take the pill. My doctor can't say that I am pre or perimenopausal yet I have A LOT of the symptoms. The fact that my levels seem fine, makes him think I am too young to be in the pre menopausal phase.
I have the facial flushing, hot flashes, memory issues, foggy thinking, dizziness, mood swings, irritability, insomnia the list goes on and on... yet there seems to be no organic cause they can pin point as to WHY I have no period. The longest I have gone prior to this has been 3 months, so this is new to me.
My question is .. Has anyone ever experienced this? Anyone have normal hormone levels yet actually perimenopausal???? Any other tests that might explain whats going on that you could recommend me so I can ask my doctor? Or, Have you been told to take Provera to bring on a period. If so, is it safe to take? Opinions, comments, advice is desperately needed. Thanks for listening.