Hi, I'm 44 and have missed my period for 4 months. The first month I had usual pms symptoms but the period never came. Since then I have had no pms symptoms. However about 2 months ago I started having symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats, with these getting much more frequent in the past month. Prior to this my period has always been regular. I can also say I haven't felt quite myself, now I understand why.
My doctor ran standard hormone panel blood work and my FSH came back very high at 151, menopausal. My LH was also in the range for menopause.
Be interested to hear if any other else has experienced sudden onset like this. I have decided to take hormones so I won't know if I would continue on without periods to the full 12 months to be officially classified as menopause. I definitely am not going deal with these symptoms at this age.
Last edited by kitte; 12-13-2012 at 12:40 AM.
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kitte: I am in the same boat. 41 and having menopausal symptoms. From what I have learned, it could be POF (premature ovarian failure) or premature menopause. Some sites I have read have two different definitions for these; others say they are the same thing. Although most define early menopause as menopause before the age of 40, some say a more appropriate age is 45. Personally, I find it all rather confusing.
I, too, am on HRT and finally finding some relief from the symptoms. However, as some symptoms won't completely go away, I am still struggling with this every day; frustrated, angry and sad that I cannot live the way I want to live, do the things I want to do and be the person I want to be.
I feel that 10 years have been stolen from me. It makes me want to scream sometimes. I am trying to be as healthy as possible and stay positive. And I try to be in the moment and remind myself of the many things that I can be grateful for. And I keep reminding myself that this is only temporary. It WILL end.
Thanks for your story, it's good to hear what others experience. Esp when it's sudden, I am guessing it must have started before just without symptoms. I really have no idea!!
I get confused because of the high FSH, they say over 50 is menopause. Mine 151. Does that mean I would still have to be 12 months with out a period to be confirmed of this? My pituitary gland is working over time trying to get my ovaries to do something. But they've closed up shop.
Next month I see my specialist and will be glad to hear his opinion of this.
Yes, you have to go 12 months without a period to be officially classified as meno pausal. Until then, if you were to have a surgery, they would do a pregnancy test beforehand...at least they do here in the US. I had to have one once because it had only been 10 months even though I was on HRT that kept me from having a period.
And remember, ladies, there are several HRT formulas so you may need to try more than one to find one that works for you.
For me, even though the onset seemed sudden, I can see looking back that there were signs besides the lighter, irregular periods--not wanting to out as much, feeling tired more easily, not feeling up to stressful situations, having trouble getting going in the mornings.
High FSH levels are an indicator of infertility or decreased fertility. High FSH means that you are probably entering menopause but it can indicate other things as well. In other words, all menopausal women have high FSH but not all women with high FSH are menopausal.
Here's a small follow up. For 10 days i've been on a low dose birth control pill -- WHAT A DIFFERENCE! Last night I slept through the entire night without a night sweat. these past couple days, I haven't noticed any hot flashes during the day. My brain feels like a fog was lifted. I didn't feel depressed but I felt like I had lost my mojo or something. I had no idea what was causing this, now I know how many areas can be negatively affected by low female hormones.
I wasn't sure how long it would take before my symptoms would settle down, I was expecting a month. So to have it happen so quickly was great, early Christmas present.
Next month I will see my specialist, I am sure he'll move me to a lower dose pill HRT than the b.c. pills im on for the short term.
kitte: I am happy to hear you have found relief! I totally know what you mean. This month for me has been much better as well--feeling normal again! Still have to deal with some minor symptoms but at least most days I have some energy, motivation and I feel like myself. Happy holidays!!