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pinksuzy posted:
I am 52 years old I have been on birth control for over thirty years. I have been told to go off my birth control and my cycle will stop is this true I do I know I am ready for menopause and what do I do for protection do I even need to worry about protection My doctor says to use condoms for six months we really do not want to do that what do you think?
Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
Dear Pinksuzy,
Hard to know for sure if you're fully through menopause; the only way to find out is to go off your pills, and see. I would recommend using condoms for contraception for at least the first 4-6 weeks. At that point you could have an FSH and estradiol level drawn; if they are significantly into the menopausal range, it would be extremely unlikely for you to get pregnant; although your doctor is correct, that the true definition of menopause is a year without a period; but if the levels are there, it would be extremely unlikely for you to conceive. If your levels show that your ovaries are still working, well, then you could go right back on the pill.
Let us know what happens,
Good luck,
Mary Jane

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