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    Menopause Question
    medfan123 posted:
    I am 52 and had my last period on August 11th. It is now Sept. 26th,so I havent had my period this month at all! No spotting or anything.
    Could I be entering menopause?? Is there a blood test that can tell me if I have started menopause?? Is this an issue I should talk to my doctor about?
    Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
    Dear medfan123,
    It is likely that you are heading into the perimenopausal time frame; you are exactly the average age to be doing so. You can do a blood test, which might or might not help-I would not recommend that you do it, because it is costly and really won't give you much helpful information. I would be prepared to have a period at any point, and as long as you are feeling well (not suffering from bad hot flashes or sleeplessness) I wouldn't do too much intervention right now. Do all the good things: eat properly, exercise well, make sure you are taking in calcium in food form or supplements regularly, get in some vitamin D-and have fun!
    Good luck,
    Mary Jane

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