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smstreet posted:
I am a 57 year old female. In 2004 I thought I was going into menopause, but then my Mother died and I had what I thought was a period due to stress. Ever since then when I get stressed I have a period. The stress and the periods have gone from several days to spotting just once and a while and now back to several days at a time ( light flow). Is this "late menopause"? Is 57 too old to have a period or spotting? The longer (2 or 3 days) periods include mild cramps sometimes and warm liquids calm them down.
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Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
Dear smstreet,
57 is not old at all! (for all things!)
Although the average age at menopause is 51, my definition of normal is 35-60; I have numbers of patients going through menopause at age 57.
The major question I always ask (both here, and asking myself regarding any of my patients) is "Is there a possibility this bleeding pattern is related to something out of the ordinary in my patient's lining of her uterus, or is this clearly a perimenopausal pattern?" If I have any questions, I will do either an ultrasound to check on the lining of the uterus, or a sampling-a biopsy-of the lining of the uterus. The significant majority of the time, the answer is that the lining is fine-and the bleeding is just related to "fluctuating hormones." Actually, having cramps would be a good sign to me, to indicate it's more likely related to perimenopause. But do record your bleeding patterns, and discuss them with your health care provider.
Good luck,
Mary Jane
 
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greenlevel1 replied to Mary Jane Minkin, MD's response:
Hi Dr. Minkin,
I'm smstreet, I just forgot my password and had to get a new account (got locked out). Thank you so much.
I have an appointment this Wed. May 18, 2011 with my Dr. and now I'm not too afraid to tell her about everything. I grew up in a culture where you only went to the doctor when you were sick. So even just going is emotionally an admission that something is wrong. But now I know that does not have to be the case. I'm a little embarrassed that being a women I know so little about menopause and the stages of it. BUT I am so very graceful Dr. Minkin, for you and this site.
Thank you so very, very much.
smstreet (aka greenlevel1)
 
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Mary Jane Minkin, MD replied to greenlevel1's response:
Dear smstreet,
Thanks so much for your kind words. I hope you have an excellent visit with your new doctor-and don't be afraid to discuss everything with her. And of course, you know you can always write in here, and share your questions and experiences-
Best of luck to you,
Mary Jane


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