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Is It Over Yet? The Perimenopause Thread

LAWoman72LAWoman72 Posts: 2,846Member Member Posts: 2,846Member Member
So I'm in a very weird place.

Specifically, it's called perimenopause.

I feel like this category warrants its own thread, since technically, we have not achieved menopause (12 months without a period) but we never know what's going to happen, when...and we only loosely why. (Or is that just me?)

So, who's on board? Get on the peri train, woot! Here's the haps with this old bird. I am 49, have been in ovarian failure for I believe seven years now per labs but my periods only began to go wonky two years ago. Before that, I was like clockwork including ovulation signs so who the kitten knows. I assume it is basically cobwebs in there by now with some mummified Knight Templar propped up against one ovary or something, and yet...the periods just keep on coming. But...weirdly. Two in a month, nothing for a couple months, long, short, whatever.

I am currently on my longest cycle ever - 90 days (I track on fertility friend).

Is it over yet? Will it ever be over? Who knows...in the meantime...shout out if you're peri!
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  • spiriteagle99spiriteagle99 Posts: 1,893Member Member Posts: 1,893Member Member
    When I was peri-menopausal, for four years I would bleed for about an hour, once a year. The last year it lasted about 5 minutes. I never knew when it would come, but usually 10 - 11 months after the last time, generally at the worst possible time (i.e. backpacking, just before a pool party, etc.). Finally my last one was when I was 51, so I was pretty much on track to go through menopause. I never got hot flashes, just an occasional warm feeling, but nothing like I've heard about. Thinning hair was taken care of by getting diagnosed with low thyroid.
  • astroamyastroamy Posts: 562Member Member Posts: 562Member Member
    Yea I'm definitely peri, periods getting farther apart, random PMS, hair thinning (sigh), mild hot flashes that were most annoying at night because they would wake me up many times at night so I was tired all the time. Then a couple of months ago the hot flashes suddenly stopped, I experienced a 25 day plateau, then I got my period and the plateau broke. That was wild and super annoying, it was the longest plateau I've experienced in the 9 months I've been doing this and it was obviously horomones. Although the hot flashes are still gone (knock on wood) which has helped with sleeping overall which is very nice, hair still falling out though.
  • SCoil123SCoil123 Posts: 1,809Member Member Posts: 1,809Member Member
    astroamy wrote: »
    Yea I'm definitely peri, periods getting farther apart, random PMS, hair thinning (sigh), mild hot flashes that were most annoying at night because they would wake me up many times at night so I was tired all the time. Then a couple of months ago the hot flashes suddenly stopped, I experienced a 25 day plateau, then I got my period and the plateau broke. That was wild and super annoying, it was the longest plateau I've experienced in the 9 months I've been doing this and it was obviously horomones. Although the hot flashes are still gone (knock on wood) which has helped with sleeping overall which is very nice, hair still falling out though.

    This gives me hope. The hot and cold flashes are almost always at night. I could handle the rest if those went away and I could get a full 8hr sleep.
  • QskimQskim Posts: 1,148Member Member Posts: 1,148Member Member
    SCoil123 wrote: »
    I have found my overall weight loss is still going good as long as I ignore the bloating. A trending site helps me track my weight around the water fluctuations.

    That's something I've had to get used to..not seeing direct results on the scale. I've gained a better insight to how it can mess with heads.
  • DeficitDuchessDeficitDuchess Posts: 3,102Member, Premium Member Posts: 3,102Member, Premium Member
    I just began in April & I am only 36 years old, plus I had gotten it extremely late; due to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) at 17 years of age. It's devastating because I never had children & I am single. I still get all of my symptoms, on time but the date of menstruating's late & the days of duration're less. So I have no idea, what I actually weigh because there's no reliable trend. I'll lose 7 pounds 1 week, gain 3 the next, lose 5 after, then gain 6, etc. & yet I only aim to lose, 1.5 pounds weekly! So until I lose 10 pounds, I don't consider any of my losses; as successes. It's frustrating & while I haven't ceased trying to lose weight indefinitely, I have moments when I do quit; for a day or 2, so of course that, impacts my weight accuracy; as well!
    edited November 2016
  • gentlygentlygentlygently Posts: 629Member Member Posts: 629Member Member
    My story is heavy, heavy periods with huge hormone swings - totally spaced out . After a various drug trials the doc recommended a mirena coil. Cue body reaction - lots of antibiotics - becoming very ill - getting Chronic Fatigue and losing my job etc (luckily have income protection and a supportive hubby!) .

    Needless to say - that coil cane out. My CFS is a lot better - with graded exercise, and I concentrate more on activity goals than the 10lbs or so I should lose. But not able to do a full time job yet.

    Nowadays I get intermittent but heavy periods, lots of 'phantom period' symptoms (get used to it ~ they happen the other side too...) and some hot flushing - especially if it is already hot. Not much fun but certainly others have it a lot worse...

    I get disappointed when I have a period - I just want them to STOP! But so far the longest stretch is just 3 months or so. Oh well. (51 by the way)

  • Enna10Enna10 Posts: 12Member Member Posts: 12Member Member
    Last summer I went ninety days without a period and spent a few of anxious minutes spent looking at pregnancy tests (negative phew!). I had been having hot flushes, just facial ones and my allergies had become worse too. Then periods returned with very heavy flooding and lasting weeks, they were all over the place. A month inbetween, a few days, nothing regular about them at all. I visited my GP who did bloods and a scan to check nothing nasty was going on and decided its perimenopause, a little earlier than average at age 44. I'm currently fairly regular and much lighter, although the cycles are getting a little longer each month. I just look forward to it all being over!
  • ronjsteele1ronjsteele1 Posts: 1,066Member Member Posts: 1,066Member Member
    Totally in peri right now. I'm 46 and really started noticing symptoms last year. Have not missed any cycles yet but sure look forward to it! Mostly the length of my cycle has changed but I also have two teen girls that tend to mess with my cycle hormonally. I use to be like clock work 29 days. Now I'm all over the map from 25 days to 32 days. Both of my girls have short cycles (21-25 days) which also affects mine. It's crazy. I've started getting hot flashes, my hair is thinning horribly (although I'm thinking this is thyroid related right now), etc. I have PCOS and I've had to start waxing again much more then I have the past ten years. Weight loss has been hard for me for a host of other reasons but throw in these things and peri isn't helping. It will have taken me 1yr to lose 20#'s and I have a lot to go (about 75) but at least I can finally say I won't be where I was weight wise on Jan. 1, 2016. Hoping that even with everything else going on I have learned enough this year to lose a bit faster in 2017. I just keep telling myself that going down 20#'s is still better then going down nothing. :P
  • Sued0nimSued0nim Posts: 17,504Member Member Posts: 17,504Member Member
    So does light spotting for 2 days on the day period is due count as a period
  • 1skholloway1skholloway Posts: 491Member Member Posts: 491Member Member
    I am 47 and had my 2nd hydro thermal ablation (HTA) procedure at 46. A couple of months later I went on Activella. I haven't had a period since my 2nd HTA procedure. It's a very simple outpatient procedure that I highly recommend. Blood tests did show I was menopausal so my doctor put me on Activella. Oh my goodness!!! Activella has been great for regulating depression! I have not had a period in about a year and a half. I don't have any symptoms of menopause other than I can't lose the belly fat.
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