Hi, Im new here and think Im in early menopause...

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Registered: 12-31-1969
Hi, Im new here and think Im in early menopause...
Sat, 09-08-2012 - 5:53pm

I have been suspicious for several years that I was in early peri-menopause.  I had great difficulty conceiving children even in my 20's as my progesterone was not low, it dropped too quickly to support pregnancy.  Fortunately, with the right doc who figured this out (it took 18 months of blood tests etc) I was monitored to have 2 children.  I also had fibroid tumors that grew so large surgical removal was neccessary in order to try to have a healthy enough uterine environment to carry pregnancy. 

Anyway currently and for the last year or so, I have had night sweats, weight gain and loss, terrible resurgence of acne, followed more recently with hair loss (down below) and thinning hair on my head... sprouts here and there (various locations allover... fortunately remedied with tweezers and steady hand).  Fatigue, yet waking early with no cause.  Im actually more relaxed than ever before in my life so anxiety is out.  My symptoms mimic pregnancy and yet I am not... I had ovulation symptoms as early as day 6-7 of my current cyle and this is the 2nd or 3rd month of that... but this month I dont believe I ovulated at all.  I dont mind as Im done having children and not ttc.  I looked at the list here of menopause symptoms and wow.  Im wondering if I need to go to my obgyn sometime in the near future or just keep managing the thinning hair, the weird cycles and somehow try to "scape" around the hairloss down below...  at least there is no longer an abundance to deal with :-)  I welcome any insights.  Thanks!

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Registered: 10-19-2000
Sat, 09-08-2012 - 10:43pm

It certainly sounds as if you have begun your journey down life's peri-menopausal road, elee1971.  Everything you have mentioned is on our list of nearly 60 symptoms of this life cycle. 

The one thing we know for sure about this time of life is that each of use does it differently!!!  Much of what we experience is similar ~ but different too. Much of what one experiences is exactly the opposite of another needs to cope with.  Does that sound like I am waffling in my answer?  -- not really, that is just the way this time of life is ~ totally mixed up and unpredictable!!!!

Have you visited our Menopause Oasis yet?  If not, please do, it is a site I developed quite some while ago to keep myself from forgetting half of what I mean to say when I am trying to answer questions here on the board!  On the first page is that list of symptoms I mentioned.  Many new visitors also find lots of good hints on our 'Natural Remedies' page too.  To help you get there quickly....just follow  this link. 

Please know that you are welcome back here anytime ~ to ask questions, to vent (it really does help!), to share experiences, or to just hang out with other women who understand and care....

There are NO dumb questions when it comes to Menopause

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Registered: 04-18-2003
Mon, 09-10-2012 - 12:27pm

Just wanted to say the Menopause Oasis can be such a comfort if you enter in early menopause. I actually had to print off the list of symptoms, check off the ones I was experiencing and shove it in someone's face before they'd FINALLY back off claiming I was using it as an excuse to behave like a 50 something woman when I couldn't POSSIBLY be going through Permenopause. It actually started at 35 but we didn't connect the dots until I was 40 (as in an E.R doctor consulted with my G.P. and said "If she was 10 years older, I'd say she was in the second stage of Perimenopause. See what happens if you treat her for Perimenopause").