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Periods after age 55
She_asked_me posted:
My friend, over age 55, is still having regular menstrual cycles. She appeared to begin menopausal process normally, then regular cycles returned 4 months ago and continue. Doctor has been looking for a problem, but not finding one.

- No unusual pains or symptoms
- Normal pap test
- Normal Sonogram

What could be the reason someone would not enter into menopause?
someonewhocares3 responded:
I believe the average age of menopause is 51. However, there's a lot of variability between individual women. I don't know the statistics but I personally know a number of women who were still menstruating in their mid-50's.
She_asked_me replied to someonewhocares3's response:
Thanks for reply. Dr. wants to start the whole specialists chase, but with no obvious problem, she is reluctant to agree.
Mary Jane Minkin, MD replied to She_asked_me's response:
Dear She_asked_me,
You mentioned your friend had "started the whole menopause process"-had she gone a full year without a period before her periods resumed? 55 is not old! There are women doing menopause at age 60 (yes, the average age is 51, but there are women doing things later!), so if she is fine, that's great.
Good luck to her,
Mary Jane
She_asked_me replied to Mary Jane Minkin, MD's response:
Thank you so much for your response. That is what we are thinking! So, I guess she has a ways to go before breaking any records...

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