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Menopausal symptoms and hormonal changes - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi! I'm 45 years old. I have been experiencing shorter cycles some months and longer cycles other months. I have been bleeding heavier on days 2-3 than normal. Now I have skipped three cycles in a row. Can I assume to put my mind at ease that this is the beginning of perimenopause? Be gentle as I have high anxiety about health issues!
Doctor :   Hi,
Doctor :   yes, surely i can say these are expected symptoms in attaining menopause
Doctor :   Since how many days are you having irregular cycles ?
User :   My cycles have been irregular for the past 9 months.
Doctor :   ok, it probably may take another 6 to 9 moths for your periods to cease completely
User :   this isnt anything I should be concerned about. I guess my mother didn't let me know what to expect.
Doctor :   yes, its normal , you need not be worried about
User :   should I expec t my period to begin again soon?
Doctor :   Make sure that you have good nutrition , which will combat the fatigue you can have during heavy bleed
User :   Is it ussually heavy after skipping for several months?
Doctor :   the periods are very unpredictable now , they can be shorter , longer or missed
Doctor :   Skipping is not a trigger here
Doctor :   the hormonal imbalance is the prime cause , and it will come to an end when the hormonal levels attain a menopausal values
User :   Thank you doctor I appreciate your help. My mind is at ease. I am seeing my regular doctor in a couple days for my yearly physical....just needed to re reassured
Doctor :   yes, its good
Doctor :   and as i said maintain good nutrition
Doctor :   timely and nutritious food
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