Late Menopause

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does having less periods mean that a woman has a later menopause?
    My girlfriend and I were talking about the new birth control that makes it so you only have 4 periods a year. She brought up an interesting question though: Does having less periods mean having a later menopause?

    Information I've been able to find seems 50/50. Some sites say menopause is directly related to a lower egg count in a woman's overies, while others state its due mostly to general aging of the overies.

    Can anyone shed some light on this question?

    • ANSWER:
      for one thing, you can have periods without eggs. over 80% of girls that have been having periods less than 3 years don`t ovulate. so having a lower egg count doesn`t always matter, i don`t think . [=

      as for the fewer periods mean later menopause, that`s very possible. i think that just like starting periods, though, your body already knows when. people on birth control still go through menopause at normal times, from people i know, so i don`t know why it would matter . [=

      i could be totally wrong though, haha. this is all i think. [=

  2. QUESTION:
    At what age does a woman generally reach menopause?
    Does late menopause cause problems? IF yes, then what could be those? Is it okay for a women in mid-fifty to not have reached menopause, if she has no problems whatsoever?

    Thanks for replying!

    • ANSWER:
      The average age is 51, though the general range is anything from 45 to 55. But lots of healthy women don't fall within this range, so don't panic.

      Although not significant, being exposed to oestrogen for longer periods means that women whose menopause occurs after 55 do have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer, so it's important to keep on checking. This is especially true if you were an early bloomer in terms of getting periods.

      However I think late menopause decreases risk of heart disease, so there are some benefits :) x

  3. QUESTION:
    Why should I care about feminists whining about breast cancer when feminism causes it?
    81-PERCENT INCREASE IN BREAST CANCER SINCE 1971
    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-09/29/content_5154954.htm

    "Having fewer children before the age of 30, early menarche, late menopause and being obese or overweight after menopause are said to be all factors behind the increase."

    [ Children before 30 and breast feeding is THE primary means of preventing breast cancer. ]

    http://info.cancerresearchuk.org/cancerstats/types/breast/incidence/

    The incidence of breast cancer has been increasing for many years in economically developed countries. Over the twenty year period 1984-2003 the incidence rate increased by 51%

    [ Coincides with feminism nicely again ]

    Breast cancer incidence rates vary considerably, with the highest rates in the developed world and the lowest rates in Africa and Asia.

    [ No feminists in Africa and Asia ]

    Why should I care if they get breast cancer? Shouldn't "independent women" accept (not to mention finance) the consequences of their own actions?
    Incidentally, some of the people answering don't realise that feminism is the reason two incomes are now required to support a family, so feminism is still to blame if the reason is "economic".

    And you women's studies people are hysterical, you have very bad tempers. The substance of the posts below appears to be insults.

    As usual, nobody can logically disprove that "feminism causes breast cancer", even if it doesn't cause 100% of the cases it is what is behind the rise in incidents, so quite frankly feminists can fund their own breast cancer treatment programs.

    Best question ever though!

    • ANSWER:
      I think it's terrible that anybody thinks it's OK not to care when somebody dies for whatever reason, no matter their beliefs.

      That said, there is a strong correlation between the lifestyle changes with the advent of feminism and some of the maladies that women now suffer. Breast cancer is only one of them. Endometriosis is another...did you know that one adult woman in three now has it, and it was almost unheard of until the 70's? Food additives and pollution are certainly other causal factors, but psychological effects on health rank way up...don't kid yourselves.

      Anpadh - Anybody who thinks they know it all just because they studied feminism in a strongly feminist environment is a fool.

      Edit - Bonzai Betty - What is also true about most Asian countries is that they don't have feminism over there.

  4. QUESTION:
    What does it mean when you have a late menarche?
    ex: I got first period at 15

    Does it mean I'll have a later menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn't really mean anything, apart from the really obvious: that we're all different.

  5. QUESTION:
    Why did men evolve to be able to always have children, but women evolved to have menopause?
    Shouldn't evolution had eliminated menopause? The women with late or no menopause would reproduce more.

    • ANSWER:
      Pregnancy and childbirth are tremendously taxing on the female body. This is precisely why in almost every culture--no matter their level of "development"--women have strategies for spacing and preventing pregnancies. It's often in the health interests of women to end childbearing before it causes a) death, b) serious health concerns (tears, fistulas), or c) just plain exhaustion, and the longer it goes on, the higher the risks.

      Furthermore, there are cultural elements of preference that override that abstract sense of "we want to reproduce as much as possible"; specifically, that most adults actually want to reproduce at a far lower rate than they are physically capable.

      So, there's not really a beneficial element to eliminating menopause, but a few good reasons to maintain it.

  6. QUESTION:
    Is it true that the earlier you start your periods the later you reach menopause?
    Or other tales I've heard like you reach menopause at the same time as your mum did? Is it affected by how many pregnancies you've had?

    • ANSWER:
      Your "Other Tales" are right, your best indicator of when you'll get your period first and when you'll enter menopause are all genetically determined. Look to your mom and that is your time frame.

  7. QUESTION:
    On average what age do women start menopause ?
    My friend and I were wondering on average what age do you start menopause.

    Also, if you start your period at a later age (eg17 compared to 10) does that mean you start menopause later?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause isn't the sudden stopping of your periods. For most women, it's a gradual happening called "perimenopause" http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/perimenopause/DS00554, then "menopause" is defined as having gone a year without periods.

      Some women in perimenopause don't reven realize what's happening. It often starts happening in the 40's. Periods will get longer or shorter, or heavier or lighter, or more/less often, as hormones start declining.

      Perimenopause can be triggered by running out of usable eggs in your ovaries. Before a baby girl is born, she can have millions of eggs in her ovaries. At birth, she may have 400,000-500,000 eggs. Most of these die; some are ovulated (released from the ovaries). So it can be true that later menarche (first period) can result in later menopause.

      My own perimenopause started at age 38, and now at 47 I'm in true menopause.

  8. QUESTION:
    Does birth control make a woman fertile longer?
    Since birth control pills prevent a woman from ovulating, and women only produce a certain amount of eggs in their lifetime, would that mean that an increased amount of eggs left by the time the woman stopped using birth control would result in a longer period of fertility/later menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      No. Because the eggs still age, whether some are used or not. You only ever use a very small number of the total number of eggs you are born with. It's not the number of eggs that is the limiting factor, it is the age of the eggs, and nothing stops the eggs from aging with time. You are born with perhaps 200,000 eggs, but only use one per month from age 12 to age 51 on average (not counting pregnancies) so that's 468 eggs at max you use of 200,000 you have. Saving a few eggs by using birth control pills has no appreciable effect on total number of usable eggs you have left at age 50.

  9. QUESTION:
    Why does my g/mother still get hot flushes?
    My g/mother is 81yrs old, my older sister having a conversation about menopause etc. Cos my aunt is going thru this. Then nan says that she still gets hot flushes. I didnt want to be rude and say that she was really really old to be having these. Could she be still going thru late menopause, or her cup of tea is affecting her?

    • ANSWER:
      No she isn't too old to be having hot flushes. They don't just happen during the menopause. Many women continue to get them, for the rest of their lives AFTER they reach the menopause. Taking HRT can help to alleviate them. I'm 63, and I had the menopause at 35 ( yeah I know, that was young but that is what happened). So 28 years later I still get hot flushes unless I take HRT.

      NB As a matter of interest to our USA friends, a hot "flash" in America is known as a hot "flush" in other Western counties. I say flush, you say flash ---could be song lyric there somewhere.

  10. QUESTION:
    My period is five days late, but 3 pregnancy tests came out negative. What could it be?
    I have all the menopause symptoms, could I be having early menopause? I'm only 26, but have every single symptom the internet sites list. I hope not, but I don't know what else it could be. And I don't know when to expect my cycle to finally come.

    • ANSWER:
      Five days may be too early to detect pregnancy with at home pregnancy tests. Go have blood test at your ob gyn to see if you are in early pregnancy. no one goes into menopause at 26 unless there are other serious problems. Get a blood pregnancy test it is much more accurate than home pregnancy test in the early stages of pregnancy

  11. QUESTION:
    If you are a late bloomer do you also go through menopause later?
    So I am 14 and a bit and I haven't gotten my period yet. My mum is like 52 or something and she still has her period, I thinks she was also a late developer. Is their any link between going through puberty late and going through menopause late?

    • ANSWER:
      Nope. Getting your period late has nothing to do with having menopause later.

  12. QUESTION:
    Why do women get menopause and become infertile but men don't and stay fertile all their lives evolution wise?
    Why do infertile post menopause women live longer than fertile men isn't that contradictory to evaluation?
    Men are fertile all their lives but women are not.Once you can't reproduce you are useless to evaluation because you can't pass on your species.Reproducing increases our survival from going extinct.Men in their 90s can make babies but women can't.The majority of the worlds oldest people are women and women's life expectancy is 2-5 years more than men in a lot of country.What is the point of living longer if you can't pass on your species?

    • ANSWER:
      An older person has two potential evolutionary strategies for getting more genes into subsequent generations: 1) keep producing children, despite increasing difficulties in providing for them and increasing likelihood of deleterious mutations; or 2) help his or her grown children raise their offspring. A person could put all his or her resources into option 1, all into option 2, or split the resources between the options.

      Women typically invest more resources into caring directly for children than men do. One reason for this is that they start out putting more resources into individual children, simply by virtue of producing large eggs instead of small sperm, going through menstral cycles and pregnancy, and producing milk. Another reason is that the upper limit of children women can produce with willing partners is much less than the upper limit for men. This means that effort invested into gaining social power or resources will likely have a smaller payoff in terms of number of children than it would for men. This wouldn’t be true in completely monogamous societies, but through most of humans evolutionary history we have been polygamous. Even in modern day first world countries, men are more likely to remarry and produce new families than women are, so by that measure (higher variance in number of offspring in men compared to women) we are still polygynous.

      So given that dichotomy, women tend to put their efforts directly into child-rearing, whereas men (when they stick around) put their efforts into actions that can assist the offspring in less direct ways, such as providing resources and defense. That’s just on average – it doesn’t mean individual people need to follow that arrangement, or that such an arrangement is somehow more “moral” or “natural”.

      So now look at the 2 choices an older person has regarding offspring, and consider how that’s going to work best for men and women on average, given where each tend to put their resources. Women, who tend to provide direct childcare, are going to find it much more difficult than men to effectively put effort towards raising both their own children and their grandchildren. The benefits men provide – of resources and protection – are fairly easily divided up among whoever happens to be in the household, whether it be children or grandchildren. But the benefits women provide – of direct childcare – typically have to be doled out to one child at a time, with a fairly low limit on the number of children that can be raised at any one time. So while men can fairly easily split their resources between the two options, and in fact benefit from a certain amount of economies of scale when there are both children and grandchildren, women tend to have to go with either focusing on option 1 (children) or option 2 (grandchildren).

      At some point, the accumulation of bodily wear and tear, of mutational changes to eggs, and of lack of grandmotherly care for the children of later-born offspring, causes option 2 to result in more descendants than option 1. In the past, women who went through menopause at about that point did in fact produce more descendants, thereby causing the proportionate representation of menopause to increase in subsequent generations until it became the norm.

  13. QUESTION:
    What are the possibilities and ways of getting pregnant after menopause for women?
    This question may look awkward but the reality is that My wife is unable to give birth earlier due to myself and our late marriage. We are yearning for a child atleast if not several. Kindly help. I am 48 and she is 44. We can't also spend lot of money . Advance thanks for everybody helping me or answering this question. Good Day

    • ANSWER:
      Aww. Well, at 44 is she done with complete menopause, or is she going through perimenopause? If she's already had complete menopause, then she cant get pregnant anymore. There's still a small chance that she can get pregnant if she's in perimenopause, but it will be very difficult and risky. If you guys want children and she can't get pregnant, domestic adoptions tend to be inexpensive, and you can get children of any age if you don't want a little baby. Also, perhaps maybe there's someone willing to be a surrogate for you? Fertility treatments are sometimes covered b y insurance, so look into that. Good luck. :)

  14. QUESTION:
    Do women that start their period late start menopause early?
    I started my period at 14. Someone told me a long time ago, that I will start menopause early because of this.... Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      There are no guidelines for when you start. It isn't the same for anyone. If you are healthy you have at least thirty years, probably more, of having periods.

  15. QUESTION:
    What is a natural way to deal with menopause?
    I had cancer of the cervix, and the radiation treatment threw me into early menopause. What is a natural alternative to hormones?

    • ANSWER:
      As far as I know, and I have read all the latest info about natural alternatives to hormones, nothing really helps. The only remedy (partly a remedy) was to take some of the anti-anxiety medication like Prozac etc. Of course there are natural anti depressants (look at this site)
      http://www.menopause.realage.com/content.aspx/topic/17
      but I am not sure how well they alleviate the symptoms. I wish I kept these medical journals I get to give you the reference. If I find it I will let you have it.

  16. QUESTION:
    What age can you start menopause? Or could I be pregnant?
    I'm 36. I had my tubes tied 3 years ago. I'm 10 days late on my period and I always get it on time.I need answers. Oh yeah I took a pregnancy test and it was negative. Can anyone help me?

    • ANSWER:
      36 would be young but not impossible for menopause. 45-50 is more usual.

      There are other possiblities: stress, infection, cysts.

  17. QUESTION:
    Suggestions for a healthy diet for menopause including vitamins?
    Suggestions for a diet plan for menopause would be so helpful also. Would like to hear from women that have made theirselves feel better with natural progesterone. (What Type) of natural herbs and foods for menopause that you have used?

    • ANSWER:
      I used natural progesterone in the beginning of my pre-menopause. It eliminated my migraines, stabilized my moods and helped me sleep better. It is known for helping with hot flashes, but I didn't have hot flashes until later, and it hasn't helped me with those.

      I've also used several herbs to help with hot flashes, sleep and stress. Motherwort is good for all three. I've also taken vervain, scullcap and Siberian ginseng, among others.

      The diet that is working best for me is from "The Carbohydrate Addict's Life Span Program", by Drs Richard and Rachael Heller. It's the only program I have found that I can lose weight with, mostly because it minimizes cravings and hunger. It also works better with my digestion, which has gone crazy since entering pre-menopause.

      I am eating more vegetables and less grains and sweets, because I feel better eating this way. For more info on diet (and herbs and progesterone cream), you can visit http://www.natural-approaches-to-menopause.com/menopause-diets.html

  18. QUESTION:
    What causes my period to stop for months not pregnant too for menopause?
    Im 22 years old My periods stopped and I don't know why. What could cause this? I took a pregnancy test, and I'm not pregnant. I'm way too young to be having menopause, so I don't think it's that. I usually get a period every month around the same time , but then sometimes i can go for 3 months without one. Does missing a couple periods definitely indicate a serious problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Are you underweight for your height? Sometimes skinny women find their periods can be quite irregular due to being a low BMI. Best to have a healthy check with your doctor to rule out any underlying issues that might be making ovulation irregular.

      Women generally ovulate about 14 days before their next period is due & if the egg isn't fertilised you get your period a few days later. If the egg is fertilised you are pregnant. If you are not having regular periods this means you are not ovulating regularly.

  19. QUESTION:
    Is it true if women start their period at a young age they will have menopause early?
    Just out of curiosity if I started my period when I was 14 yrs old does that mean I will enter menopause early? I am 27 yrs old now but I have heard rumors that it does happen. Never had a problem with periods no yeast infections or nothing of the sort so just wondering.

    • ANSWER:
      No, there's no truth to it at all. You don't go through menopause as a result of ovulating all of your eggs. You start with over a million eggs. You go through menopause as a result of aging causing eggs to die off. Stay healthy, eat right, avoid things like tobacco that kill eggs. And 14 isn't early. It's not even average. 12 is average. So 14 is later than average.

  20. QUESTION:
    Why is late and low parity a risk factor for cancer of the breast?
    Why is late and low parity a risk factor for cancer of the breast?

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer happens, in part, due to errors that occur in the the replication of DNA during cell division. Errors happen all the time, but they either get repaired or else the cell fails to function and is selected out. On very rare occassions, the error occurs in the very genes that control error checking proteins or regulation mechanisms, and the resulting cell is a mutant that is on a precancerous track.

      The probability of a precancerous error increases as the number of cell replications increases. Therefore, over a lifetime of cell divisions, cells that reproduce rapidly are at higher risk of reproduction error than cells that reproduce slowly.

      Skin cells, for example, go through rapid and constant reproduction, and skin cancer is common.

      The lining of the intestine goes through rapid and constant cellular reproduction and colon cancer is common, too.

      Cartilage, on the other hand, has a very low rate of cellular reproduction. Cancer in the cartilage is very rare.

      There's more to it than that, of course, but this is a contributing issue, and it relates to your question.

      The breast responds to the normal menstrual hormone cycle with periodic increases and decreases in the number of glands and ducts. This is a complex process. Menopause brings an end to the cyclic changes, and periods of pregnancy halt the process temporarily. Breast feeding adds to the length of time after pregnancy that the breast goes without cycling.

      If a woman undergoes menstrual cycling from her early teens to her mid 50's, that's a period of about 40 years. If a pregnancy is a bit less than a year and breastfeeding continues a bit more than a year, then 2 children may reduce the total exposure of the breast to cycling by about 4 years total, or 10% of the total 40 years that it would otherwise see. That's a significant reduction in hormone exposure compared to having no children at all.

      Although hormone exposure is a factor which increases risk, it's a much smaller contribution to overall risk than family history. There are now identifiable inheritable genetic breast cancer risk factors that can be tested for, and although they are rare, their contribution to the overall risk for breast cancer is enormous, when they are present. It is certain that other genetic risk factors will be identified which will modify the assessment of risk, as well.

      Breast cancer is common. All else, aside, the most important risk factor to consider is female gender.

      The most important factor in the management of breast cancer as a global problem for all women is NOT in identifying those women who are at increased risk, but in getting routine screening examinations to all women, regardless of risk assessment. The best weapon we have in the fight against breast cancer is early detection and treatment.

  21. QUESTION:
    I am 40 yrs old. My periods are very irregular and when they are late i feel sick until they start?
    Is this part of menopause?

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    Do women about to go into menopause start having pregnancy symptoms when they should get their periods?
    Sore, hard breasts, mood swings, more amorous, clean vaginal scent completely lacking of menstrual scent and periods coming later and later, lasting shorter and shorter.... Or is that something else?
    Have already had all my kids, one failed tubal ligation and one that seems to have worked for a couple years. I'm sure I'm not pregnant. But then again, I rarely have sex, and each time have become pregnant. God.... :-)

    • ANSWER:
      It is quite possible. I have known a few woman who were on the fence about whether they were pregnant or not to find out they were beginning their menopause. I would defiantly suggest getting a check up and talking the symptoms over with your doctor.

  23. QUESTION:
    Can susceptibility for early menopause decrease your years of child bearing?
    My grandmother went through menopause in her mid 40's. My mother is 46 and is going through it right now. I am concerned that if I am predisposed to early menopause that my child bearing years will be reduced?
    Well, I am not worried about conceiving in my 40's. I am just wondering if it may hinder me earlier where menopause will probably come earlier. I already have 1 child at the age of 25.

    • ANSWER:
      They will be reduced if you go through menopause in your 40's. All that means is that you need to have your children before then. Menopause is the time when you stop ovulating so until that point you can still get pregnant. You may need to work harder, try longer or even go on medications to help you ovulate more. I don't know for sure, but it is a possibility. If you are ttc I'd go to the doctor and let him/her know about your family history and see if they have any concerns but I really don't think it's a problem, as long as you have the kids before you hit your 40s.
      Good luck

      edit: If your mom and grandma both had menopause in their 40's you most likely won't get it before then. So you still have at least 15 years to have another kid (if you are 25 now). 20 if you don't hit menopause til mid-late 40's

  24. QUESTION:
    When should I have reached puberty and when will I reach menopause?
    I reached puberty at 7, and I am a bit worried.
    When should I reach menopause if I started puberty at this age?
    Also, as I forgot to put, will I get thrown out of school for underage sex?
    And, Where can I talk about puberty without mum knowing?

    • ANSWER:
      It wouldn't matter if you reached puberty early as many reach menopause at late forties/early fifties.
      You wouldn't get kicked out of school for under-age sex and there may a teacher or even a councillor at your school you can talk to.

  25. QUESTION:
    Is there a correlation between when you start your period & when you have the menopause?
    I.e. if you start your period early then you start the menopause early? And vice versa?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, but it depends. You see, women are born with limited supplies of eggs, and it will run out eventually. So logically, if you start your period early, then your menopause would be early too.

      But wait, menopause start later with women who has been pregnant than women who never get pregnant at all. Why?
      Because in pregnancy, you didn't get any period because there's no need to release any eggs. What's the point to release another egg when the former egg has already been fertilized?
      This was caused by hormone produced by the body while having pregnancy, called progesterone and the decrease of estrogen productions (which triggers menstruation). Thus saving the egg supply for 9 months.

      So, here's a more simple presentation.
      Let the average of women getting their menopause is 50 years after they get their period.
      Suzie got her period when she was 14 yrs old, and Lisa got her period when she was 15. If both of them never got pregnant in their entire life, then Suzie would have her menopause at 64, and Lisa at 65.
      But Suzie got pregnant twice, and Lisa never got pregnant. Because Suzie got pregnant twice, which is a total of 18 months, then she saved 18 months of her egg supply, because she didn't get any period when she's pregnant.
      So, Suzie would get her menopause at 65yrs and 6months, compared to Lisa that got her menopause at 65 though Suzie got her period faster.

      So, the more often you got pregnant, the longer it'll be for you to get menopause. But it still depends, because the number of eggs that a women can produce in their entire life varies, though not much.

      Hope that helps.

  26. QUESTION:
    is it possible for me iam 46 to get pregnant after tubes were tied and burnt iam currently about a wk late or?
    about a wk late . or am i starting menapause had cycle last month. should i be concerned.

    • ANSWER:
      Peri-menopause can start up to 10 years before periods completely stop. At 46, being late is generally due to that. Having a tubal ligation makes it pretty impossible to get pregnant. That is why it is considered permanent birth control. You can test since you are late, but the odds of you being pregnant are like none. You can also see your GYN to have a blood test to check your hormone levels and give you some idea about where you are with regards to peri/menopause.

  27. QUESTION:
    are hot flashes, late period and high basaltemperatures for a long time signs of pregnancy?
    I had them for 2 months now, never did, never was late, have only one tube. Tests suck, i get them for free from my mom and i will never buy them, rip off. Somebody please help, i am driving myself crazy. Did the test today and it shows negative. So, what is wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      If you aren't near menopause age, then it sounds more like your problem is hormonal and not pregnancy. It's time to make a trip to the doctor's office.

  28. QUESTION:
    What are the reasons for a 4 month late menstral cycle?
    I haven't had a period in about 4 months. Any reasons why it might be this late?

    • ANSWER:
      The only normal reason would be pregnancy, or menopause. If you have not been sexually active, and under 50 there you have something wrong.. If you exercise or diet to extremes you can screw up your hormone levels and stop having periods. Extreme stress can cause you to have problems with regular periods. But anything that has caused this is not normal and you should see a gynecologist.

  29. QUESTION:
    Can hot flashes be a common symptom of a condition or disease other than menopause?
    60 years old, have had hot flashes/night sweats hourly for the past 4 years. I keep waiting for it to end. Don't want to go HRT route. Could it be something other than menopause? Doctor thinks not, but I'm thinking of getting a second opinion. Anyone have any experience with this?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a thyroid disorder but menopause is more likely. The use of hormones was hopelessly confused by the Women's Health Initiative trial. It only studied Premarin and Prempro - 2 hormones that I would not recommend. The WHI stopped 1 arm of the trial citing an increase in death. They later stopped the 2nd arm of the trial with the same concern. When the trial was published however they reached absolutely no conclusion whatsoever. They did not find that hormone replacement therapy was beneficial nor did they find it harmful. Sub-group analysis suggested that if hormone replacement therapy was started when young - say 60 years of age - was beneficial. Indeed we have 40 years of data that suggest that hormone replacement therapy is beneficial and only 1 study which created a lot of headlines but reached no conclusion. Women should not be afraid of hormone replacement therapy although most physicians are as attorneys have 800 numbers for women who have taken Premarin or Prempro. As I said I have never used these hormones as they are derived from an equine source. We have fairly precise molecular matches to a woman's own hormone production. In theory this should be beneficial and not harmful. As I have stated above with 1 exception we have 40 years of data in support of hormone replacement. Discuss this with your 2nd opinion physician but do not be afraid. The data is on your side. I wish you the very best of health and happiness and in all things may God bless. JR

  30. QUESTION:
    Is pregnancy possible within 7-8 months of 1st child birth and before menopause starting?
    I would like to know whether there are possibility of pregnancy occuring within 8 months of 1st delivery and even before starting of menopause due to infant( mother) feeding. (Menopause has not started yet after first delivery) ?

    • ANSWER:
      Within six months of our son (first baby) being born, we were pregnant with our daughter. Then, within nine months of our daughter being born, we were pregnant again with our third... 12 months later, we got pregnant with this one! :) lol... so yes, you can! :)

      With each baby I was nursing up until we found out we were pregnant again, so I just wanted to throw that in because I know some think it's a form of birth control... nope. :) And I did NOT start my period between our first and second. I did between 2 and 3 and 3 and 4 however... ok, that is getting confusing.

  31. QUESTION:
    Is it true that if you start your Periods early you will have a later Menopause?

    If it is true then thans not fair!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Not always true as every woman's cycle is different.
      One size doesn't fit all
      In my case it will be unlikely that i will see the menopause because almost every woman in my family has had to have a hysterectomy because of abnormal cells found in the womb.

  32. QUESTION:
    My period is 5 days late My cycle is 28 day the urine test is negative can I be pregnant anyway?
    I am 42. I ovulated between the 16-18. My period was due on the 27. Now what? Is it menopause. I am not stressed.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be menopause or you could be pregnant and taking the test too early. Some tests are not sensitive enough to pick up the pregnancy hormone HCG til later (also older mothers do not secrete it as readily). Try another test in about 3 to 4 days and ask your doctor if you think it really is menopause.

  33. QUESTION:
    Doesn't it seem that medical media covers all bases to assure women have surgery in midlife?
    I read articles that claim early menopause and late in life menopause may cause cancer. Is there a precise moment it is suppose to occur so cancer will not be a threat?

    It seems that media uses scare tactics to get women to agree to having some sort of surgical alterations during midlife.

    • ANSWER:
      Media don't make women have operations. Media sell magazines, TV shows etc, and advertizing to women who fear having operations.

      You will have menopause when your body is good and ready, and as long as you don''t have any other problems or fall way out of the normal range (~50 years), you should not fear. Be aware of the things that are worrisome and go to a doctor if you feel the need, but don't live a life in fear because a media mogul wants your money !

  34. QUESTION:
    Estrogen and progesterone signal cell division. Why do women still get breast cancer after the menopause?
    What I mean is that tamoxifen and drugs try to cancel the effects of estrogen and progesterone. That shouldn't even be applicable to women past menopause!

    • ANSWER:
      Scientists have identified two genes which are more likely to be defective in a breast cancer patient than someone without breast cancer.
      These genes are also blamed for some other cancers.
      However, even the two mutated genes are thought only to be responsible for approximately 5% to 10% of breast cancer cases.
      Hormones seem to have an important role in breast cancer. Research has shown a link between levels of the female sex hormone, oestrogen, and the risk of developing breast cancer.
      Women who take certain types of hormone replacement therapy are at higher risk of breast cancer.
      Women who have their first child later in life also appear to be at higher risk of developing breast cancer.
      Tamoxifen blocks the female sex hormone oestrogen. The hormone influences the growth of cells related to female reproduction, such as those in the breast or the uterus. If there is too much oestrogen in the system, cell growth can accelerate to the point where tumours start to develop. Tamoxifen competes with the sex hormone for the same proteins - called receptors - found on the surface of cancer cells. When the drug locks onto the receptors it blocks the way for oestrogen - which would otherwise activate the cancer cell to divide and make the tumour grow.
      Tamoxifen may cause cancer of the uterus (womb), strokes, and blood clots in the lungs. These conditions may be serious or fatal.

  35. QUESTION:
    what is the average age for women to start menopause?
    I am 32 and have been having night sweats and very moody. It just started about 1 month ago. Is this the begining of menopause ? I have a doctors app. next week. I am just woundering if I might begining the early signs of it.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't really think there is an average age. I always thought late 40's early 50's but I was proven wrong. I'm only 38 and I've been suffering on and off for a year. The only good side to this is no more periods!. I asked my mom at what age she went into menopause and she said it never happened to her! I also know someone in their late 20's who has it. Check with your doctor first before coming to any conclusions yourself. It could be a sign of something else. A gynocologists would be able to tell you for sure. Good luck and good health.

  36. QUESTION:
    Anyone with regular periods suddenly have one very late without being pregnant?
    My period is always about every 30 days. I am now on day 39 of my cycle and it hasn't come. I've taken a few hpts and all negative. I am only 31 so shouldn't be menopause or anything. Any one else have this happen?

    • ANSWER:
      If you've recently lost a lot of weight or had a major life change(e.g. starting a new job, moving, etc.), or are under a LOT of stress a woman often loses her period. Don't worry, it'll be back. In the mean time, enjoy your extra period-free days!

  37. QUESTION:
    My period is 21 days late and negative pee test what else could be wrong?
    I went to the doctor when it was 13 days late and took a pee test and it was negative. Now I'm 21 days late and not to sure what could be wrong or what's going on? I no your not all doctors I'm just asking I have another appointment feb 8th.

    • ANSWER:
      The things that can delay a period are primarily malnutrition, stress, hormones, onset of menopause or some form of illness. It could be any of these things and your doctor should give you an idea about it at your next appointment, but you should be able to get an idea of what it most likely is from your issue is.

  38. QUESTION:
    What could cause my period to be 2 weeks late?
    I'm 23 years old. My period is 16 days late. I know I am 100% not pregnant cause the last time I had sex was in January and I've had periods since then... so I'm trying to figure out what things out there could make me this late. Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Is your period late? Are you wondering why your menstruation cycle is delayed or off? Do you know you are not pregnant but want to know why your period is late? Here are some reasons for a late period.

      Reason for a Late Period #1: Stress

      One of the biggest and most common reasons for a late (or early) menstrual cycle is stress. If you are facing a stressful time right now, it can affect your health in many ways, including delaying your period. A large amount of stress is your
      body can affect your hormones, thus delaying your period. So if you're facing alot of stress - say you've had a big project at work, or you've been very busy with school and finals, then your menstrual cycle may be off. Read "Stress Relief Tips for Moms" for some advice on handling stress. (Even if you are not a mom, it has some great advice.)

      Reason for a Late Period #2: Soy Consumption

      Have you been eating a lot of soy products? This can affect your menstrual cycle. Google "soy and menstrual cycle" to read more about how it affects your periods.

      Reason for a Late Period #3: Weight Loss or Being Underweight

      lf you are underweight, you will have a lower percentage of fat and it can affect your period. In some severe cases of anorexia, women will stop menstruating all together.

      Reason for a Late Period #4: Weight Gain or Being Overweight

      Being severely overweight can affect your menstrual cycles as well. Your hormones may be improperly balanced, but returning to a healthy weight can help your periods become regular again. Ask your doctor for more information.

      Reason for a Late Period #5: Exercise

      Did you recently start exercising frequently? If so, it can have an affect on your periods. Some very athletic women may go months without a regular period. This is addition to weight loss can have an big effect on your menstrual cycle.

      Reason for a Late Period #6: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

      Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can cause irregular periods. This is a disorder where the ovaries contain many small cysts. For more information on this condition, or if you suspect you might have it, speak with your doctor.

      Reason for a Late Period #7: Illness

      Are you getting over a recent illness? Illness can cause to a disruption in your menstrual cycle. This is temporarily,and hopefully your cycles will be regular again soon.

      Reason for a Late Period #8: Menopause or Early-Menopause

      Another reason for a late or irregular period is if you are in the beginning stages of menopause. Signs of early menopause (also known as per-menopause) includes late periods and irregular cycles, heavy and light
      periods.

      Reason for a Late Period #9: Breastfeeding

      It is very common for breastfeeding mothers to have late periods and irregular cycles. Some women will not menstruate at all while breastfeeding. Cycles will usually be normal once you stop nursing your baby.

      Reason for a Late Period #10: Schedule Changes

      A tenth reason for a late period is a significant change in your schedule. If you have been staying up later at night, and/or not getting enough sleep, your menstrual cycle may be delayed or affected.

      If you think that you might be pregnant but have a negative pregnancy test, there is still a chance that you could be pregnant. Pregnancy tests are not 100% accurate, and some women will not get a positive pregnancy test on an at-home test. A blood test (done at your doctor's or a clinic's office) is more more accurate and can confirm if you are pregnant.

  39. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to go through menopause in your teenage years?
    I miss my period for months at a time, evn 6 months. And feel really hot all the time, and I know it's cold or fresh in the room. And I feel really week a lot of the time. And I'm barely 16 is it possible for me to be going through menopause at this age? Or what could it be?.

    • ANSWER:
      Its impossible for u to have a menopause at this age..u get it when ur around ur late 40s or even ur 50s
      Since ur only 16, its normal for u to have irregular menstrual cycle..
      If ur concern bout it, speak to a gyno/ a doctor

  40. QUESTION:
    Senior ladies, have any of you experienced having a LATE Menopause as far as age is concerned?
    I am 54 years old and still having regular monthly menstrual periods. I am starting to get impatient about this. All my friends are already done and they are my age (50-55). My doctor says everything is normal. Who has had it this long or longer and when did you finally stop??

    • ANSWER:
      I was almost 56. Ridiculous. I am five foot two and a half and weigh about 110 lbs, wear a size 2 or 3 in most clothing. 27 inch jeans, with 40 inch legs. Build for speed not comfort. So it isnt about being over weight at all.

      My now exe DIL was saying things like "great I am going to have to change your diapers AND your tampons when you get old, get with the program lady". Nice girl, I miss her.

      When you reach that age you just want it over and done with. Enough is enough, you start adding up how much you have spent on tampons over the past 42 years sigh At least I did. You are just tired of dealing with it.

      However dealing with the effects of menopause I now wonder what my hurry was. I really needed HRT and have been on it for almost two months now.

  41. QUESTION:
    Could menopause and pregnancy have the same effects?
    Missed my period, am two weeks late. Not a sign of being pregnant. My periods have been irregular as I grow older. Could this be it or am pregnant? No spotting either. No breast tenderness as I do when am approaching my periods either, with just a little bit of cramping for two weeks now.

    Are EPT's reliable, and which is a reliable brand?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes...they are often confused constantly! In fact I watched a Baby Story (I believe) about one woman who never knew she was pregnant, mistaking it all for just menopause. EPT's are reliable. I always used that brand.

  42. QUESTION:
    Do girls who reach puberty early tend to reach menopause early also?
    If a girl reaches puberty early (10-12 years old) does that this usually mean that she reaches menopause early also? & the other way around.. If someone reaches puberty late (16-17) do they usually hit menopause later than most other women? Are there any studies on this?

    • ANSWER:
      No, not at all.The one doesn't have anything to do with the other. The determination is more about your overall health and nutrition and genetics.

  43. QUESTION:
    Does taking birth control pills have an effect on when you go into menopause?
    I'm wondering if taking birth control pills can cause a woman to go into menopause later in life than she would if she hadn't taken bc.

    • ANSWER:
      Not sure, my mum is 52 and still has her period regularly and her sister started going through menopause in her late 30s and they were both on the pill.

  44. QUESTION:
    If i start my period later in life, do i get less periods in a lifetime than a woman who starts earlier?
    Meaning if i started my period when i was 14 and my friend when she was 12, will i bleed 2 years less than her since i am closer to menopause when i start my period?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on when you start menopause. She could start menopause 10 years earlier than you. My boyfriends mom had menopause at 40 and my mom is 50 and still hasn't gone through it.

  45. QUESTION:
    What Is The Negative and Positive Feedback In Menopause?
    Can someone please tell me the positive and negative feedback for hypothalamus, anterior pituitary, ovary, ovarian follicles, gnrh, fsh, lh and oestradiol in menopause?

    • ANSWER:
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      Like Facebook, The Free Menopause Social Network is an online community of internet users. The only difference is that the community’s interest is geared around interacting with each other on subjects relating to menopause. Also like Facebook, it is a place where you can update your friends on your feelings and experiences and they can do the same for you. Not only is it a place to research facts, but it is also a source of entertainment, whether it is from the human interaction between friends or from the collection of humorous videos and links provided by the network.
      Once you have subscribed to The Menopause Social Network you can immediately begin to socialize, ask questions, get answers, read research, join groups, invite friends, share stories, and feel better about your own situation. The friends that you can make are just one of the many benefits to The Menopause Social Network. Another one of those benefits includes diversity because the network gives individuals from all around the world access to each other. This means that although you may be in the United States, you could develop an online friendship with someone in Denmark or India. Not only will you make new friends, but you just might learn a thing or two about how menopausal symptoms, menopausal treatments, and menopausal effects are dealt with in other cultures and learning is always a good thing.
      As mentioned, The Menopause Social Network often involves individual forming their own groups or sub groups around a particular topic of interest, geographical proximity, or some other attribute. As long as they have an interest in menopause, anyone can become a member, no matter what their hobbies, beliefs, or views are. However, once you are inside the network, you can begin to create your own circle of friends and eliminate members that do not share your interests or goals.

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  46. QUESTION:
    Does a girl have a period every month of her life until menopause?
    I studied the menstrual cycle at school already... but I failed to understand some key concepts..

    Does a woman have a period every month of her life until menopause? If she does, how come I've never seen my mom's bed sheets with blood?
    Now this other question is a serious question... when in porn movies, they sometimes don't use protective gear like condoms. Doesn't the female get pregnant when sperm is injected into her vagina?
    What's a tampon and how is it used?

    • ANSWER:
      1) a women has a period for 5 - 7 days every month from puberty until the menopause and then it stops, a women can go through the menopause (also known as the change) at any age but usually late forties early fifties.

      2) You probably haven't seen blood on your mums sheets as us women are very good at hiding these things, as we like to keep it private. Also she will use things like sanitary towels (pads of material worn in her underwear to absorb the blood, these are thrown away and changed every few hours) and also tampons which i will explain in a minute.

      3)The women in porn movies will usually be using another method of contraception for example the contraceptive pill (a tablet taken every day to prevent an egg being released and there fore preventing pregnancy) or an injection (which works in the same way, the injection is given every few weeks/months) or an implant under the skin of her arm which also stops an egg from being released.
      These do not protect from STI's though. These are infections passed through sexual intercourse or sexual contact and can be very unpleasant and dangerous. Usually both the man and the woman will be tested so that they are certain neither have any of these infections.

      4) a tampon is a small tube of absorbent material that is inserted into the vagina during menstruation to absorb the blood flow, they come in few different sizes to suit the woman's flow (ill post some links)

      Please don't be embarrassed to ask your teacher any of these questions, this is what they are there for :)

      tampon information
      http://www.tampax.co.uk/tampons-products/

      any other questions
      http://www.connexions-direct.com/

      :)

  47. QUESTION:
    How does missing periods effect future menopause?
    I had lost my period for 10 months when I had an eating disorder and my body fat was too low.

    I know that when your born, your born with all the eggs you will ever had and start losing them when you hit puberty up until menopause. I was wondering what happened to the eggs in the 10 months-did I lose them, did I add 10 months or would I still hit menopause at the same age I would had if I still menstruated for those 10 months.

    • ANSWER:
      You'll still hit menopause at whatever age you were going to hit menopause, not ten months later. The reason for this is that the amount of eggs you actually generate and shed during menstruation is *very* small compared to the number of eggs that you started out with.

      When you hit puberty, you had about 200000-400000 eggs. At most, you would ovulate about four hundred of them. The rest of them, basically, commit cellular suicide (a process called apoptosis) and are reabsorbed by your body.

  48. QUESTION:
    Chance a pregnancy test is wrong if used when I am 4 days late?
    I am 4 days late for my period (it was due last Friday). I took a test this morning and it was negative. Do you think I could be pregnant and it was wrong? Where the heck is my period?!
    I took a pregnancy test 4 days BEFORE my period was due when I was pregnant with my daughter and it was a strong positive.

    • ANSWER:
      Do a blood test if you are not sure :))

      1.Stress
      Stress can affect many things in our lives, including our periods. Sometimes we're so stressed out that our body decreases the amount of a hormone (GnRH), which causes us to not ovulate or menstruate. Working with your doctor or midwife can help you figure out what you need to do to relax and get back on schedule.
      2.Illness
      A sudden, short illness or even a longer illness can cause your periods to be delayed. This is usually temporary.
      3.Change in Schedules
      Changing schedules can really throw off your body clock. This is particularly true if you go from days to nights at work or vice versa.
      4.Change in Medications
      Perhaps you're trying a new medication and a delayed or absent period is the cause. Be sure to talk to your doctor or midwife about this side effect. It is very common with some methods of birth control.
      5.Being Overweight
      Carrying around too much weight can hormonally shift your cycles and even stop them. Most women will see a return to normal cycles and fertility with the loss of some weight.
      6.Being Underweight
      If you do not have enough body fat you will not have regular periods, sometimes you can eve cause your periods to stop all together. This is called amenorrhea. Typically a weight gain will help you have your periods return. This is a frequent cause of a missed period in women who work out to an extreme or are professional athletes.
      7.Miscalculation
      The menstrual cycle varies from woman to woman. While we say that the average menstrual cycle is 28 days long, that is not true for everyone. Sometimes our period is believed to be late when in all actuality we have simply miscalculated. If you have irregular menstrual cycles, but know when you ovulate, look for your period about two weeks after you ovulate. That may help you keep an easier track of your periods.
      8.Peri-Menopause
      Peri-menopause is the period of time where you are transitioning from reproductive age to a non-reproductive age. Your periods may be lighter, heavier, more frequent or less frequent - but mostly just not normal. If you do not wish to get pregnant, be sure to continue to use birth control because you are likely to still be fertile at least some of the time.
      9.Menopause
      Menopause is when you have reached the point in your life where you will no longer ovulate or menstruate. Menopause can be a natural life event or may happen surgically through hysterectomy or through chemical such as chemotherapies.
      10.Pregnancy
      Finally! Yes, your missed period might be because you're pregnant! A simple pregnancy test can usually help you determine if you have missed your period because you are pregnant. The urine pregnancy tests and blood pregnancy tests look for the hormone hCG.

  49. QUESTION:
    I am 48 years old, I was 6 weeks late for my period, and then started spotting during the day.?
    I usually cramp the first day, but have had very little this time. It usually gets darker after the 3rd day but it is still bright red after a week. Is it menopause or something else?

    • ANSWER:
      You may be entering perimenopause http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/perimenopause/DS00554.

      Women are born with a certain number of eggs in their ovaries. Some are ovulated; many others die.

      When your ovaries begin to run out of usable (viable) eggs, your ovaries and brain are no longer able to send hormonal messages back and forth, and your menstrual cycle can start changing.

      This can make your periods longer, shorter, heavier, lighter, less painful, or even more painful.

      Your uterus may not be building up its monthly lining due to the absence of the correct hormonal message from your brain. You only lose about 2-4 tablespoons of "real" blood during a period; the rest is tissue fluid and the uterine lining, which is usually the dark-red part.

      A few days before your period, one of those hormonal messages causes your body to close off the blood vessels leading to the lining of your uterus; the lining then dies and sloughs off. You may have less uterine lining, and those blood vessels may not have closed off as efficiently as they have in the past. This isn't dangerous; our bodies take care of themselves.

      Menopause = going one year without a period.

      If you're concerned, some doctors will give blood tests for estrogen and FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) to confirm that you're entering perimenopause. Since these two hormones can vary from day to day, it isn't completely accurate, but if you're near perimenopause the results won't be "normal" in comparison to a regularly-menstruating woman. You might also want to ask your doctor about a thyroid function test.

      My own perimenopause lasted from age 38 to 47.

  50. QUESTION:
    When is it too late to have children?
    I am a 34 year old guy and my girlfriend is the same age. We both have never been married, but we are discussing tying the knot in the next year or two. Neither of us have children. Anyway, we are both very career oriented and love to travel. I would like to postpone having children until we are in our mid-40s. My girlfriend would like to postpone until she is 40. (she cares more about having children than I do) When is it too late to start a family?

    • ANSWER:
      It varies, but generally speaking the older a woman is the higher the chances are for complications (both with her pregnancy and the baby itself, for example the chance of Down Syndrome goes way up after 40). Does she know when her mom went into menopause? That might give you a better idea of how much longer she will be fertile. My mom was 36 when my younger sister was born. A co-worker of mine is in her early 40's and now having her first. As far as your side of things, I wouldn't worry. James Doohan (Scotty from Star Trek) had a kid when he was 80!

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