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    Old 02-17-2004, 03:56 PM   #1
    crowgirl
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    Low estrogen level or early perimenopause?

    Hi everyone,

    I just found this board a couple of days ago and have been reading here a lot. Some of the things sounded rather familiar to me, actually.

    I'm 35 years old and have been very thin all my life. A couple of years ago, my gyn told me that I was at risk for osteoporosis and early menopause because of this, and she also found out I had a fairly low estrogen level already. She put me on bcp's, but I had to stop them again after 15 months because of their side effects. Another blood test showed higher estrogen levels, so nothing more was said about this, and I just kept going in for my annual pap test.

    However, I've been experiencing symptoms that I now realize might be the first signs of early perimenopause. My question is, how do I find out whether those symptoms are related to my weakened physical state, low estrogen levels or perimenopause? Could it be that one simply blends into the other? Is there a reliable test for perimenopause?

    BTW, my thyroid is fine (it's usually the first thing my dr's check out when they see how thin I am ).

    My gyn is now on maternity leave, and my GP doesn't take this stuff seriously, so I thought I'd ask you for some advice.

    Thanks a lot in advance!

     
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    Old 03-02-2004, 10:02 AM   #2
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    Re: Low estrogen level or early perimenopause?

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by crowgirl
    However, I've been experiencing symptoms that I now realize might be the first signs of early perimenopause. My question is, how do I find out whether those symptoms are related to my weakened physical state, low estrogen levels or perimenopause? Could it be that one simply blends into the other? Is there a reliable test for perimenopause?
    Well...there's an FSH test (follicle stimulating hormone). It's a blood test. You could also do a google search on perimenopausal symptoms, as well as peri-zappers (things to do to zap the symptom )
    I started perimenopausal stuff at age 40. Acheived menopause @ age 50 (same as my mom, and her mom). To a very large extent, you are pre-programmed genetically. Talk with your mom. When did she go through "the change?"
    Knowledge is GOOD!
    and good luck!

     
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