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Delayed periods,tubal ligation, chances of pregnancy or menopause symptoms ?

Hi, I m 43 yrs old and this is the first time my period has been late by 12 days. Should i be concerned? I had a Tubal ligation done 18 years ago. Is it possible to get pregnant or are these early signs of menopause?
Asked On : Thu, 15 Mar 2012
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Thanks for writing in.
It is unlikely that you are pregnant as the failure rate of tubal ligation is extremely low ( at 2-10/1000 women). This seems more like the irregular bleeding seen in the perimenopausal age group. However, I would suggest that you do a urine pregnancy test by taking an early morning urine sample. This would help us totally rule out pregnancy. If it is negative ( which it would be in all probability), then we can start you on hormonal pills. Please speak to your gynaecologist about this.
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Answered: Thu, 15 Mar 2012
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