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Should contraceptives be used during menopause?

Mar 2013
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I am 55 yrs old and have not had a period in 17 months. Do I still need to use contraceptives?
Posted Fri, 7 Feb 2014 in Menstruation and Miscarriage
Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham 40 minutes later
Brief Answer: NO NEED TO USE THEM, CONFIRM WITH BLOODWORK. Detailed Answer: Hello Thanks for writing to us with your health query. Menopause is technically defined as the absence of periods for a year. So yes, by definition, you ARE menopausal. ANd hence, you do not need to use contraceptives. To confirm your menopausal status, you can have blood work done, which will establish this beyond doubt. Please get the following tests done - FSH, LH, Serum estradiol. All the best . Please feel free to discuss further.
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