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    An_254310 posted:
    I am 41 and have not had a cycle in 2 months. Had all the symptoms of being pregnant, got hopes up and found out tonight that I was in menopause. That was devastating to hear. Does it get any better? I am so very depressed right now and that is not me. I do not understand what is happening to me.
    Anon_6061 responded:
    You have to go a full year without a period to be in menopause. Periods usually get irregular during the timeframe leading up to menopause (because of missed ovulations) and this timeframe can last many years for some women. So as long as you're having periods, there is hope of getting pregnant.

    You were probably told you're in menopause based on the results of an FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone). The FSH can fluctuate wildly during perimenopause swinging between fertile and menopausal. So it really isn't very helpful if you haven't been period-free for a full year.

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