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An_247621 posted:
I am new to this community blog. I just got back results of my blood test that my doctor had done last week. He said that I am in menopause. Really at 39 years old??? The test said my estrogen levels was at 20 and my FSH was 106.83. What does that mean? I haven't had a cycle in 4 months. I was on the pill for 8 years yet, now I am menopause? Could the doctor be wrong is all that I am asking?

Some little know facts: I have Mitral Valve Prolapse(born with it), Asthma (developed it in my 20's and is under control), tennis elbow, got my first period when I was 12 years old and was very irregular and painful, have gained 20 pounds in the last 2 years, decline in sexual desire, and had three normal pregnancies.
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Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
Dear An_247621,
Sounds that way-or at least one can say that it sounds like you are perimenopausal; until you go a full year without a period, you are not fully menopausal. 40 is certainly young to be doing this, but indeed fully 1% of women are menopausal by age 40. Does your gynecologist deal with menopausal issues regularly? If not, you may want to get a referral to a health care provider who does, because being this young you certainly want to be followed regularly. For one thing, you should certainly consider estrogen (and progesterone) therapy; there is significant data to show that very young women will benefit from the pros of hormones, compared to any potential cons. If you need to find a menopause practitioner near you, you can go to the menopause.org website, the site of the North American Menopause Society,which will give you the names of local menopause specialists.
Good luck,
Mary Jane
 
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zombiemom37 replied to Mary Jane Minkin, MD's response:
Thank You for your response. I am on Prempro for Hormone Replacement Therapy. It has helped with the hot flashes, but I still get cold chills during the day. I turn 40 next month. I talked to my mom about if any of our family members going into early menopause. She told me that she didn't know because it was "taboo" to talk about those kind of things. She told me she went through menopause at 60 years old. She's now 75. My sister went through it last year at 44 years old after her hysterectomy. I still have all of my parts down there. Could taking Clomid four years ago caused this to happen early?
 
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Mary Jane Minkin, MD replied to zombiemom37's response:
Dear Zombiemom37,
I'm glad you're taking some hormonal therapy; I trust the cold chills will resolve soon for you. About the climid: I doubt that the clomid caused any of this in any way; what I think was going on is that 4 years ago, you were silently beginning to undergo some of these early perimenopausal issues (like your ovaries stopped ovulating well) which is why you needed the clomid, to try to get you to ovulate better.
so you are doing the right things; and stay healthy and active.
Good luck,
Mary Jane
 
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zombiemom37 replied to Mary Jane Minkin, MD's response:
Is it natural to have pain in the pelvic region? My doctor says its normal, but I have PCOS, too. Could I be feeling the cysts growing? Should I also, be taking Metformin? I've gained over 20 pounds in three months. I've always loved eating sweets and I have tried to quit eating them without much luck.
 
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Mary Jane Minkin, MD replied to zombiemom37's response:
Dear Zombiemom37,
Do follow up with your doctor.Pain is not a typical issue in menopause; if you're not fully menopausal, the cysts could be growing. Alas, I don't think we can blame the menopause for the weight gain; do keep working on trying to eliminate the sweets, and do keep up the exercise.
Good luck,
Mary Jane
 
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zombiemom37 replied to Mary Jane Minkin, MD's response:
I am no longer on the HRT medicine. That caused the pain in pelvic region. I am taking Vitamin C and Vitamin D once a day. No more hot flashes. And no more cycles. My weight is holding at 180 and my BMI is 24.5. I am trying to eat healthy at work, because I work at a deli.
 
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zombiemom37 replied to Mary Jane Minkin, MD's response:
I think I am not in menopause, because the last four months I've had a period each month for approx. 2-3 days with cramps. I am not taking any hormonal medication due to complications and it made me sick. I think I am ovulating again. Felt them. Should I still contact my doctor about this ?
 
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Mary Jane Minkin, MD replied to zombiemom37's response:
Dear Zombiemom37,
You do have a history of ovarian cysts; and indeed that could explain some of your discomfort here. As I had mentioned earlier, pain is not a typical characteristic of the menopause transition-so I think it is appropriate to look for another explanation. I hope your health care provider can help you feel better,
good luck,
Mary Jane


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