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    perimenopause symptoms in 30s
    MMML posted:
    Did any of you start experiencing perimenopause symptoms in your early/mid 30s??? I swear that is what is happening with me, but my dr tells me I am too young. Plus, i have had every test under the sun and all are normal.

    It started right after I stopped taking BC in order to get pregnant with my first child--that was 2 years ago, I am now 33. I do remember even while taking on the BC patch that I felt anxious the week I was off of it and felt better when I would put a new patch on. After I stopped the BC, I had my first ever panic attack and was convinced I was dying or something. Went to the ER and they said everything was fine. After that date, I now am anxious, I have heart palpitations that I never had before, my periods are noticeably lighter (still very regular, but much lighter--only 1 heavy day and about 2 more light days), I spot for a couple days before my period, have had a few night sweats, and am very tired all the time. Plus, I just feel so spacey at times. I am so frustrated!!

    I just don't know what to think and not many of my friends have this right now. Some said that their periods are lighter and they have more PMS or have anxiety, but none call it perimenopause. Sometimes I feel alone in this...since I am so young. I have a 15 month old and I just want to feel like myself.

    Does this sound like perimenopause to anyone? Did anyone start this early???

    Thanks so much for your time!
    peach034 responded:
    From what you describe, sounds like you too are in perimenopause.

    I am 34 (soon to be 35) and have also had all tests done and Dr. says all are 'normal', including thyroid test. I would think that it's safe to say that you too are in perimenopause. The best advice I can give is eat healthy, exercise daily. I also take a womens Vita-Pak (I purchase at the GNC store for "menopause". It does help ease the discomforts of the HOT flashes/night sweats. My youngest child is 3yrs and he constantly keeps me on my toes, so I can also relate to the fatigue that you are talking about.

    Good luck and God Bless! You're not alone! Together we CAN and WILL get through this, it's just a part of life to make us woemn STRONGER!! (*(*BIG HUGS*)*)
    msddbrwr responded:
    Hi, I am 31 and believe I am going through premature menopausal also. It started with me having a few periods that were extremely light and havent had one for 3-4 months now.
    Mary Jane Minkin, MD replied to msddbrwr's response:
    Dear msddrwr,
    How are you feeling? Are you experiencing hot flashes? There are other causes for the type of menstrual changes you are experiencing. Do you have any children? Do you want to have children in the future? If you are interested in future pregnancies, I would strongly encourage you to check in with a gynecologist-the test that would give you the first answers would be a blood test for FSH and estradiol levels. If these are normal (not menopausal) then you can look for other explanations for the menstrual issues. If you are indeed menopausal, and want pregnancies in the future, you could start some interventions that might be of help. Even thyroid issues can give you the kind of period pattern that you are experiencing, so it is worthwhile checking in with your health care provider.
    Good luck, and let us all know follow up,
    Mary Jane

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