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    AM I STILL IN PERIMENOPAUSE?
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    An_247630 posted:
    I'M 56 YEARS OLD MY PERIOD NEVER STOPPED FOR 12 MONTHS.IT STOPPED FOR 7 MONTHS CAME BACK FOR 4 MONTHS,THEN STOPPED FOR 5 MONTHS AND CAME BACK AS SPOTTING EVERY 3 TO 6 WEEKS OR SOMETIMES LONGER.THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR ABOUT A YEAR.SOMETIMES I EVEN SPOT ONCE A WEEK.I'VE RECENTLY HAD A PAP SMEAR,SONOGRAM,SONOHYSTOGRAM, & ENDOMETRIAL BIOPSEY & THEY ALL CAME OUT NORMAL .COULD I STILL BE IN PERI MENOPAUSE??? DOCTOR,I WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR INPUT!!
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    Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
    Dear An_247630,
    Sounds like you've had a very appropriate evaluation, to rule out uterine pathology. It does sound like you are still perimenopausal; and I cannot put you into the Guinness book of records; I've had 60 year olds doing this (sorry!). Eventually you will stop; but it still may go on for a while. Other than the bleeding, are you having bothersome symptoms? because if you are, your gynecologist should be able to provide you some relief.-sounds like (s)he is quite thorough.
    Good luck,
    Mary Jane
     
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    An_247630 replied to Mary Jane Minkin, MD's response:
    DOCTOR, THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO RESPOND.YOU ARE PROVIDING A VALUABLE SERVICE FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE NO ONE ELSE TO CONFIDE IN.MY OBGYN THOUGH COMPETENT IS IMPATIENT & HARD TO COMMUNICATE WITH. TO YOUR QUESTION ABOUT OTHER SYMPTOMS,A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO I HAD REALLY BAD NIGHT SWEATS!!! AS A RESULT OF SOME INTERNET RESEARCH I TOOK 40MG OF STANDARDIZED BLACK COHOSH A DAY FOR 3 MONTHS & THEY WENT AWAY & HAVE NOT COME BACK.I WAS AFRAID TO TAKE ANY KIND OF HORMONE REPLACEMENT DUE TO THE CANCER RISKS.IF I NEED TO TAKE THE BLACK COHOSH AGAIN IS IT SAFE & HOW LONG CAN I TAKE IT FOR?? THANX AGAIN FOR BEING THERE !!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Mary Jane Minkin, MD replied to An_247630's response:
    Dear An_247630,
    Thanks for the kind words; and I do hope to be of help.
    You can take the cohosh again, no problem. On the box of Remifemin you will note a statement about trying it for 6 months; it's not that there is a safety limit or time limit, it's just to see if you still need it anymore; so for folks who go off and find their symptoms back, they can return to the cohosh if necessary.
    Good luck, hope you stay feeling fine,
    Mary Jane
     
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    NO1METFAN replied to Mary Jane Minkin, MD's response:
    DOCTOR, I NEED YOUR ADVICE AGAIN. IN THE LAST MONTH MY STAINING HAS BEEN OCCURRING ALMOST DAILY & I'M BACK TO HAVING SOME MILD NIGHT SWEATS. AS PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED ,LAST SPRING I HAD A SONOGRAM,SONOHYSTOGRAM,ENDOMETRIAL BIOPSY & A PAP SMEAR.ALL THESE TESTS CAME OUT NORMAL.AM I STILL OKAY?? IS THIS EVER GOING TO STOP?? PLEASE HELP ,I HAVE NO ONE ELSE TO TURN TO !!! THANK-YOU FOR YOUR TIME.
     
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    An_247630 replied to NO1METFAN's response:
    DOCTOR ANS 247630 & NO1METFAN IS THE SAME PERSON. SORRY IF I CAUSED ANY CONFUSION. THANX AGAIN FOR YOUR HELP & FOR ALWAYS BEING THERE.


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