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bethflaners posted:
I am 48 and just found out I am in menapouse. How long do the systems last?
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Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
Dear Bethflaners,
Menopausal symptoms are quite variable. Hot flashes do tend to get better, in a 2-4 year period. However, alas, about 15% of women have significant hot flashes even 10 years after their last menstrual period. Vaginal dryness can get worse, the further into menopause that you get. However, there are both non hormonal moisturizers like Replens, and prescription vaginal estrogens which are quite safe and useful as well.
Make sure you are getting in calcium (most folks recommend 1200 mg a day) and vitamin D (1000 units a day) and lots of good exercise.
Do speak with your health care provider if you are having annoying symptoms,
Good luck,
Mary Jane
Mswallyturnbuckle replied to Mary Jane Minkin, MD's response:
Hi I need to know is it normal to have a period stop for 3 months from May until the beggining of August 2012 me having
no menstral, and then all of a sudden it started on August 20th, and it looked like it was tapering off and there was a some brown spotting, and now here we are into September 3, and I had gotten my period again which it never really stopped from August 20th, and now I have it in full blast, and here I am me thinking it was over and it has never really stopped from August 20th, I am going to be 50 years of age this Feb and I am starting to get a little worried about this, is this all part of the Premenopausal, to Menopausal stages, should I be concernced and worried about this. I am also taking vitamins, I'm taking Centrum Silver 50 because I heard while you are going through premenopause, or menopause, it is important that we take vitamins B,C,D,E and this vitamin has everything in it. I am very worried, and very scared. I hope someone can answer me and help me understand this better
Anon_6061 replied to Mswallyturnbuckle's response:
Since you went without a period for 3 months, your body is likely just expelling the lining that had built up during that time. This isn't unusual for a woman your age. The menstrual cycle and bleeding can be quite erratic during the perimenopausal years. This transition can last a number of years. However, being 50, menopause probably isn't too far off. Hang in there!

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