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    So close to being menopausal???
    pLford posted:
    Hi WebMD, I am 47 years old. I have been having perimenopausal symptoms for at least 5 years. It is currently January 2013 (that's for future readers) and I haven't had a period or any signs of spotting since either February or March of 2012. Today, I started spotting (very disappointed). I believe I know the answer. Do I have to start counting my 12 full months all over to say I am truly in menopause? Thank you for your comments in advance.
    Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
    Dear pLford,
    Sorry-I wish I didn't have to be the bad voice! Alas, even if you go 10 months without a period, and then one shows up, you do have to reset that clock: so now it's 12 months from this cycle. Now it certainly sounds like you are heading towards that final period, but it's not quite there yet-
    good luck,
    Mary Jane

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