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Menopause Pregnancy Symptoms

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Pregnancy symptoms during the first few weeks?
    Can anyone tell me what kind of pregnancy symptoms I can expect during the first few weeks of the pregnancy? As in, what kind of changes should I expect in my body that definitely spell out the words PREGNANCY?

    Thanks to those who answer =)

    • ANSWER:
      To be honest, you will get lists of lots of different symptoms as it is so different for everyone.
      From what I read, I expected to feel tender breasts, increased appetite & nausea. What I actually got was quite different, so much so I was convinced I was having an early menopause rather than a pregnancy! For me I felt a bit detached, almost scatty! I kept getting hot then cold flushes and would sit with a cold towel on my face. I also got dizzy really easily.
      Hope this helps! :)

  2. 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

  3. QUESTION:
    What could be the cause of 3 missed periods and 3 negative tests?
    I'm 19. My last period was 4 months ago. I keep feeling like it's going to come but it doesn't. I've taken 3 tests so far and they all come back negative. I don't have any pregnancy symptoms. The only other symptoms I can think of is that my bm (bowel movements) have been irregular since my last period and my acne has become really bad. I'm really hoping it's not premature menopause. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, here are some facts about irregular menstrual cycles. I hope this helps you to answer a few of your questions. Take care.
      Cycles between 23–35 days are very common. A woman may get her period only one to four times a year. Or she might have periods that occur two to three times in a month and involve spotting or extremely heavy flow. Alternatively, she may have heavy episodes of bleeding every two to three months. Irregular periods are simply what is irregular for you.

      For the most part, we don’t worry at the clinic about a missed period or two over the course of a year. More variation than that may indicate to us the beginning of perimenopause or a disruption of the natural chain of hormonal events that controls menstruation. A wide variety of factors can be responsible for irregular periods, among them:

      Significant weight gain or loss
      Over-exercise
      Poor nutrition (or a diet too high in carbohydrates)
      Smoking
      Drug use
      Caffeine
      Excessive alcohol use (interfering with how the liver metabolizes estrogen and progesterone)
      Eating disorders
      Increased stress
      Polycystic ovarian syndrome/estrogen dominance
      Uterine abnormalities (fibroids/cysts/polyps/endometriosis)
      Hormonal imbalance related to perimenopause
      Medications
      Chemotherapy
      Recent childbirth, miscarriage, or D&C
      Breastfeeding

      As you can see, there are many different ways a woman can be irregular for as many different reasons, and it can be very confusing when it happens.

      http://www.womentowomen.com/menstruation…

  4. QUESTION:
    Is there a test for perimenopause like there's a test for pregnancy?
    I've been experiencing pregnancy symptoms, but people have said it could also be perimenopause (I'm 36). My Mom passed 1`2/25/04, so I can't ask her when she first started menopause and I know my Dad won't know or remember. I also didn't test for pregnancy yet.

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause, aka estrogen dominance, can happen at any age. With our exposure to xenoestrogens, menopause symptoms are occurring earlier and earlier. It really isn't so much when your mother had it as you probably follow a similar lifestyle to hers, so you would run into estrogen dominance symptoms at about the same age give or take.

      Here is a web page with more info and a list of symptoms. http://www.johnleemd.com/store/estrogen_... You don't have to have all the symptoms, and you may be early on, so this would be the time to nip it in the bud.

      You can try natural progesterone, though they sell a really good one at that site, I prefer Progestelle from http://www.womhoo.com If you buy there, you can also get a free evaluation from Dr. Eckhart, and he will reply to your by e-mail personally.

      Make sure you use USP progesterone, not pharmaceutical progestin (prescription) though. Progestin does NOT act like your natural progesterone. You can actually test your own hormone levels at http://www.salivatest.com (also linked at Dr. Lee's site).

      I know how frustrated you are, really. I didn't have the hot flashes, but had the exhaustion, moodiness, headaches, stress or anxiety attacks, irregular bleeding, and more. I was rather miserable by the time I looked up info to see what was happening. I hope you find some help at those links; I did. 4 months on natural progesterone and I'm feeling much better.

      If you want, this is a new estrogen dominance Yahoo Group which will have more info and where you can share: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/EstrogenDominance/

  5. QUESTION:
    Senior citizens(females)At what age did u get ur menopause and how did u know that u r not pregnant?
    Nearly 45 and missed my period. I don't know if this is due 2 pregnancy or is it menopause?Also have multiple fibroids and hypothyroidism. So how does one know if this is menopause or pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      Unlike chemically or surgically induced menopause, natural menopause is not something you "get."
      It's years of process. Slowing down. Erratic cycles. Can miss cycles for months and then have spotting or a heavy cycle. It's different for all women.
      If not wanting to get pregnant, this is the most important time to use birth control.
      I began the symptoms at age 48. From last months of 50 through 51 I had no cycle & then it began again. If there was a viable egg before that cycle, pregnancy could have occurred.
      I can not get pregnant so this is no worry for me.
      If I could get pregnant, I'd take an at home test to let me know if I should see a doctor.
      This would be a good time to see your usual doctor who may know more about your previous cycles and might better estimate how long you should be menstrual cycle free to consider yourself as past menopause.

  6. 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.

  7. QUESTION:
    I have been off depo for 2 months and getting pregnancy symptoms,?
    I only had 1 shot of depo, been off it 6 months now I am getting pregnancy symptoms, 6 negative test....am I pregnant or is this the result of the worst injection ever?

    • ANSWER:
      Depo Provera is the biggest curse!! I thought it was great to not have to worry about taking a pill everyday, or worry about B.C on a daily basis. I went and got the shot in Sept/08 and it wore off in Dec/08....well since Dec/08 I have felt bloated, moody, sore breast, extreemly tired...I could have swore I was pregnant or beginning menopause!! I've taken pg. tests but they've came back Neg. I know its the side effects and the after effects of the depo provera shot. I even had hot flashes during the day and night. It has been the worst mistake of my life. I hope you begin to feel better soon!! I understand what your going through and you are not alone!!

  8. QUESTION:
    What could be causing my periods to be so weird?
    I missed a period in October (I had light spotting but no period), then for about 3 weeks I was experiencing pregnancy-like symptoms (Sore, enlarged breasts, sensitive nipples, nausea, stomach pains, food cravings etc) and then on Monday afternoon I got my period (About a week late) and it only lasted until Wednesday night (Usually my periods are about 6 days long) and it was heavier than normal on Monday (Had to change my tampon once every 2hrs or so) and then on Tuesday it was slightly lighter than normal and on Wednesday it was so light it was barely there, it was more like spotting than an actual period. Normally if I miss a period I get the next one early and its heavy. My periods usually last about 5-6 days and are heavy on the first 2-3 days and then lighten for the last 2-3 days. What could be causing these symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Well if your young then its normal unless you older then 30 then it would just be menopause other wise consult a family doctor. Hope this helped!!

  9. QUESTION:
    Can someone elaborate on hot flashes?
    I understand that you feel hotter but is it like a wave of heat? Also, could this be a symptom of pregnancy if it's accompanied by other pregnancy symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Im pregnant- and i GET hotflashes. They are so annoying. I thought you only got them due t menopause but no! I get them im 18 im 29.6 weeks pregnant.

      You suddenly have a wave of heat hit you. Like a HOT FAN blowing on the INSIDE of your body....and I sweat through them the whole time. Sometimes I wake up and im dripping from being so hot...even if i sit in front of the AC!

  10. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of the menopause?
    My mother is beginning to enter the menopause and I was wondering what health problems it can cause. Anything like depression? Anxiety? Heart problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Signs and symptoms
      Every woman experiences menopause differently. Even the age at which menopause begins may be unique to you. Some women reach menopause in their 30s or 40s, and some not until their 60s, but menopause most often occurs between the ages of 45 and 55.

      Your signs and symptoms also are likely to be very individual. You may breeze through menopause with few signs and symptoms. Or you may experience a number of physical and emotional changes, including:

      Irregular periods. Your menstrual periods may stop suddenly, or gradually get lighter or heavier and then stop. The unpredictability of your periods may be your first clue that menopause is approaching.
      Decreased fertility. When ovulation begins to fluctuate, you're less likely to become pregnant. Until you haven't had a period for a year, however, pregnancy is still possible.
      Vaginal and urinary changes. As your estrogen level declines, the tissues lining your vagina and urethra — the opening to your bladder — become drier, thinner and less elastic. With decreased lubrication you may experience burning or itching, along with increased risk of infections of your urinary tract or vagina. These changes may make sexual intercourse uncomfortable or even painful. You may feel the need to urinate more frequently or more urgently, and you may experience urinary incontinence.
      Hot flashes. As your estrogen level drops, your blood vessels may expand rapidly, causing your skin temperature to rise. This can lead to a feeling of warmth that moves upward from your chest to your shoulders, neck and head. You may sweat, and as the sweat evaporates from your skin, you may feel chilled, weak and slightly faint. Your face might look flushed, and red blotches may appear on your chest, neck and arms. Most hot flashes last from 30 seconds to several minutes, although they can last much longer. The frequency, as well as the duration, of hot flashes varies from person to person. You may have them once every hour or only occasionally. They can occur any time during the day or night. They may be a part of your life for a year or more, or you may never have them.
      Sleep disturbances and night sweats. Night sweats are often a consequence of hot flashes. You may awaken from a sound sleep with soaking night sweats followed by chills. You may have difficulty falling back to sleep or achieving a deep, restful sleep. Lack of sleep may affect your mood and overall health.
      Changes in appearance. Many women gain a modest amount of weight — about 5 pounds on average — during the menopausal transition. The fat that once was concentrated in your hips and thighs may settle above your waist and in your abdomen. You may notice a loss of fullness in your breasts, thinning hair and wrinkles in your skin. If you previously experienced adult acne, it may become worse. Although your estrogen level drops, your body continues to produce small amounts of the male hormone testosterone. As a result, you may develop coarse hair on your chin, upper lip, chest and abdomen.
      Emotional and cognitive changes. You may experience irritability, fatigue, decreased memory and diminished concentration as you approach menopause. These symptoms have sometimes been attributed to hormonal fluctuations. Yet other factors are more likely to contribute to these changes, including sleep deprivation and stressful life events — such as the illness or death of a parent, grown children leaving home or returning home, and retirement.

      Complications
      Several chronic medical conditions tend to appear after menopause. By becoming aware of the following conditions, you can take steps to help reduce your risk:

      Cardiovascular disease. At the same time your estrogen levels decline, your risk of cardiovascular disease increases. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women as well as in men. Yet you can do a great deal to reduce your risk of heart disease. These risk-reduction steps include stopping smoking, reducing high blood pressure, getting regular aerobic exercise and eating a diet low in saturated fats and plentiful in whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
      Osteoporosis. During the first few years after menopause, you may lose bone density at a rapid rate, increasing your risk of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis causes bones to become brittle and weak, leading to an increased risk of fractures. Postmenopausal women are especially susceptible to fractures of the hip, wrist and spine. That's why it's especially important during this time to get adequate calcium — 1,500 milligrams daily — and vitamin D — 400 to 800 international units daily. It's also important to exercise regularly. Strength training and weight-bearing activities such as walking and jogging are especially beneficial in keeping your bones strong.
      Urinary incontinence. As the tissues of your vagina and urethra lose their elasticity, you may experience a frequent, sudden, strong urge to urinate (urge incontinence) or incontinence with coughing, laughing or lifting (stress incontinence).
      Weight gain. Many women gain weight during the menopausal transition. You may need to eat less — perhaps as many as 200 to 400 fewer calories a day — and exercise more, just to maintain your current weight.

  11. QUESTION:
    If u have ovarian cancer can you have pregnancy symptoms?
    If so what are the pregnancy symptoms you can get

    • ANSWER:
      First of all the question should not be directly hitting like 'u should...'
      Question should be like this -

      "If somebody has ovarian cancer can she have pregnancy symptoms?"

      My answer

      Yes it may have similar symptoms to pregnancy. It is better to consult an expert Doc. instead of having information from layman

      1 Pregnancy symptoms differ from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy; however, one of the most significant pregnancy symptoms is a delayed or missed menstrual cycle. Understanding the signs and symptoms of pregnancy is important because each symptom may be related to something other than pregnancy. Some women experience signs or symptoms of pregnancy within a week of conception. For other women, pregnancy symptoms may develop over a few weeks or may not be present at all. Below is a listing of some of the most common pregnancy signs symptoms. If you have been sexually active and experiencing any of the following symptoms it is important to take a pregnancy test.

      2. Early ovarian cancer may not cause obvious symptoms. But, as the cancer grows, symptoms may include:

      Pressure or pain in the abdomen, pelvis, back, or legs

      A swollen or bloated abdomen

      Nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation, or diarrhea

      Feeling very tired all the time

      Less common symptoms include:

      Shortness of breath

      Feeling the need to urinate often

      Unusual vaginal bleeding (heavy periods, or bleeding after menopause)

      Most often these symptoms are not due to cancer, but only a doctor can tell for sure. Any woman with these symptoms should tell her doctor

  12. QUESTION:
    Are there any diseases or anything that could mimick pregnancy?
    I've had symptoms of pregnancy for a couple months but had both negative urine and blood test but still no period or loss of symptoms. Blood test for pcos, thyroid problems, etc. all came back negative as well.

    • ANSWER:
      Did anyone ultrasound your lower abdomen? What was the result?

      There are many conditions that can mimic pregnancy symptoms. Specifically what symptoms are you having? Because a lack of period (amenorrhea) and morning sickness do not confirm pregnancy as you may know. Illness, dietary changes, physical conditions and even stress can mimic almost all pregnancy symptoms. Hormonal imbalances can cause symptoms similar to early pregnancy. Pregnancy-like symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or breast-tenderness is a common ovarian cyst symptom. Secondary amenorrhea (loss of menstruation caused by something else) can cause nausea and swollen breasts. Secondary amenorrhea can be due to thyroid issues or a pituitary tumor as well as stress and premature menopause. There are other causes as well. But you've already said that your thyroid gland is fine so you can rule that out.

      There is a lot of additional diagnostic tests left to run. I'm fairly certain you'll find out what's going on.

  13. QUESTION:
    Women age 47 or over, did you ever miss a period before menopause that was not pregnancy?
    I am just turned 48, I have not had my period for seven weeks now, up to then very regular periods, never pregnant, not pregnant now (unless it was Immaculate Conception, lol). I think I am too young to go into menopause, never had any hormone problems. Last month my breasts were really sore the whole month which was unusual. Do you have any insight to share with me?

    • ANSWER:
      1 - you are within the age range when menipause typically begins (called perimenopause)
      2 - missed periods are common in perimenopause (so are altered ovulation schedules, which is how so many change-of-life-babies happen)
      3 - see your gyn, you are also within the age range of several reproductive disorders regardless of whether or not you are sexually active (and missed periods can be a symptom of some of them).

  14. QUESTION:
    Can you get pms symptoms 2 weeka before your period?
    I'm been emotional, bloated, hungry, and my boobs have been swollen and hurt. I normally get like this a week
    before my period but I'm not due to get mine till the 23rd. I've never felt like this this early in the month. I took a pregnancy test this morning and it was negative. Should I be worried?

    • ANSWER:
      Premenstrual (pree-MEN-struhl) syndrome (PMS) is a group of symptoms linked to the menstrual cycle. PMS symptoms occur 1 to 2 weeks before your period (menstruation or monthly bleeding) starts. The symptoms usually go away after you start bleeding. PMS can affect menstruating women of any age and the effect is different for each woman. For some people, PMS is just a monthly bother. For others, it may be so severe that it makes it hard to even get through the day. PMS goes away when your monthly periods stop, such as when you get pregnant or go through menopause.

      If your PMS isn’t so bad that you need to see a doctor, some lifestyle changes may help you feel better. Below are some steps you can take that may help ease your symptoms.

      Exercise regularly. Each week, you should get:
      Two hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity;
      One hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity; or
      A combination of moderate and vigorous-intensity activity; and
      Muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days.
      Eat healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
      Avoid salt, sugary foods, caffeine, and alcohol, especially when you’re having PMS symptoms.
      Get enough sleep. Try to get about 8 hours of sleep each night.
      Find healthy ways to cope with stress. Talk to your friends, exercise, or write in a journal. Some women also find yoga, massage, or relaxation therapy helpful.
      Don’t smoke.

      Over-the-counter pain relievers may help ease physical symptoms, such as cramps, headaches, backaches, and breast tenderness. These include:

      Ibuprofen (eye-byu-PROH-fuhn) (for instance, Advil, Motrin, Midol Cramp)
      Ketoprofen (key-toh-PROH-fuhn) (for instance, Orudis KT)
      Naproxen (nuh-PROK-suhn) (for instance, Aleve)
      Aspirin

      Hope this helps!

  15. QUESTION:
    Why would I be having these symptoms if my tubes are tied?
    My tubes have been tied for over 7 years. I have had my cycle for the month of April and had intercourse throughout that week. Lately I have been having symptoms of pregnancy. My cycle is not to come around for another two weeks, and I don't want to take a pregnancy test so soon. Is there a possibility that my body is playing tricks on me?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure what symptoms you are having. But when you tie your tubes there is a chance of pre-menopause. Which menopause symptoms can sometimes be similar to pregnancy symptoms

  16. QUESTION:
    Has anyone became pregnant after being told they might have endometriosis?
    My husband and I have been trying to fall pregnant for the last 6mths, I didn't think it would be easy but after 3mths I started experiencing right adominal pains, at first dr's thought it was ovarian cancer after an u/sound then was told I was pregnant lost baby at 3wks then told I have suspected endo. I desperately wan't to b a mum it's all i've wanted since a young age. I have a CT scan booked onthe 30/1/2007 however I have been experiencing adominal pains much stronger and constant then previously and more central then to a specific side, I also have been feeling slight nausea of a morning and exhibiting cold like symptoms is there any way to tell endo symptoms apart from pregnancy symptoms? I did an early pg test but it was neg however i'm not due till the 23/1/07. I'm scared if I am pg because I may have endo what effects that will have on a developing baby? Also if I'm not should I stop trying until endo is confirmed? I'm so confused/ stressed/ depressed I can't take much more.

    • ANSWER:
      I have endometriosis and have a beautiful almost-two-year-old son.
      My endometriosis symptom was pain with sex--so, needless to say, conceiving a kid didn't seem like much of an option. I had laser surgery to clear up the endometriosis, but it came back in a few months. Then I took lupron for six months (warning: it was expensive!) and was okay. After that my period didn't come back, so the doctor gave me medroxyprogesterone and I got my period with a vengeance. Then I started trying to conceive. When I didn't have luck in six months, the doctor put me on clomiphene citrate (a fertility drug). As my fourth month of the Clomid started, the doctor said I needed to have a fertility meeting to figure out what to do next, because you can only take Clomid for six months at a time. Luckily, that month I got pregnant!
      It's all VERY emotional, and I don't know what the laws regarding treatments are in your country (since I'm guessing from the "mum" reference that it's not America). The endometriosis should not hurt your baby--and, as someone else mentioned, pregnancy is actually considered to be a treatment for endometriosis. I haven't had any symptoms since the lupron kicked in.
      I fully expect that the story of my uterus will end in hysterectomy, but that could be 15 or 20 years from now. I know it's next to impossible, but it's best if you don't stress. The month I got pregnant was the month we stopped trying so hard, since it looked like what we were doing wasn't going to work. We took it easy, didn't chart my temperatures, and did what we felt like instead of what my research said we were supposed to do. . .and that's when it finally worked. Stress isn't doing you any good even if it isn't keeping you from getting pregnant--so try to relax. I know it sounds impossible, and I couldn't listen to anyone who said that. It is all a really big deal, and the fact that you lost a baby can't help calm you down or feel better. But one way or another, you'll get through it.
      If you need somebody to talk to, please feel free to email me. I really could've used a friend who had/was having similar experiences when I was going through everything. When I went through the lupron-induced menopause, I had NO peers to talk to! My friends my age couldn't relate to what menopause was like, and my older friends didn't think someone as young as I was should be able to understand what they were going through.
      Anyway, hang in there, and make sure you have a good doctor who communicates well with you.

  17. QUESTION:
    I do not have any pms symptoms and am almost 40?
    I have no break outs - my skin is amazingly clear and radiant, am fatigued, and four days ago I had 2 very scary dizzy spells! My periods are supposed to start tomorrow, but no brown discharge like usual. Is this menopause or pregnancy.

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    Are hot flashes normal in pregnancy and when do they start?
    also my skin has started to become oily I always a good balance between oily and dry but now it is completetly oily.I am pretty sure it isn't menopause being as I am 25 years old and I haven't changed make-up or soap lately so is that normal to

    • ANSWER:
      Oily skin and acne was one of my first symptoms. I've been having hot flashes since my first trimester as well. Now they are just more often and more severe. I'm so looking forward to cooler weather.

  19. QUESTION:
    Does the cessation of menstruation mean that menopause has started?
    I missed a period, then two, then three. Pregnancy test says no. No other noticeable symptoms. What could possibly be the reason for amenhorragia?
    No hotflashes, irritability or the other stuff that goes along with menopause. I am 37 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      overweight and stress too will trigger miss periods. i would see a doctor.

  20. QUESTION:
    How does the body react and compensate when one fallopian tube is removed?
    This Q is specific to two things does the other ovary with tubes compensate and puts out an egg every month. or will the person be fertile only every other month. and will this cause menopause to happen early?

    • ANSWER:
      Excellent questions...

      Several of the cases studies I found on line suggest that on months where the missing ovary was to provide the egg, the woman had lighter period with no cramps. This is assuming the other ovary is taken along with the one tube. If the tubeless ovary is still present, an egg will still be released, but will float around randomly until it decomposes and is removed by the immune system. There is even a tiny, tiny, tiny chance that egg could find its way to the uterus if an opening still exist on the tubeless side.

      The side with ovary and tube will still produce, and on those months pregnancy is still possible. If only one ovary is present, certain hormones will be lacking and conception might be more difficult, but the number of cases proves it can be done and happens frequently.

      I didn't find any concrete info on bringing on earlier menopause, but my instinct is that while it might not bring on actual menopause, it quite possibly contribute to "peri-menopause" which carries many menopause-like symptoms, so the practical effect could be the same.

      Hope that gives you some ideas to keep looking under...
      Best,
      Ed, RN

  21. QUESTION:
    Is this a pregnancy or a miscarriage or what?
    A woman I've engaged in intercourse with, has a seriously confusing situation. We did it about a week before her period, which she still got. Then she experienced spotting for a few days beyond her period, which is abnormal for her. Now, its been about 30 days since the start of that period, and she is late. We took a pregnancy test several times in the past month, including yesterday, and all are negative. She is late, nauseus, and very concerned. She is also in her early 40's.

    • ANSWER:
      That is not a pregnancy, nor a miscarriage. You don't have to worry about anything (with regards to an unexpected pregnancy). One possibility is she might be experiencing an irregular period as a pre-menopausal symptom. She might also be just experiencing an irregular period, separate from pre-menopause. Have her consult a gynecologist because irregular menses can be cause by so many different things. By the way, if you don't have any intention of getting anyone pregnant, don't ever come inside a woman a week before her period. The "safest" period is 5-7 days right after the last day of her menses.

  22. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of a 48 year old having a baby?
    My mom has missed her period for 10 days and has been showing symptoms of pregnancy, before this she has had a normal menstrual cycle. ALSO if she is pregnant what are the chances of miscarriage ?

    • ANSWER:
      My mum's boss had her first baby at 53 without IVF. Some women don't hit the menopause until a late age, so 48 is plausible!

      It is no secret that the risk of miscarriage is a lot higher for a 48 year old, as is the risk of downs syndrome. However like everyone else once you pass the 14 week stage your miscarriage risk is reduced and all you can do is take the best care of yourself and maybe finish work early.

      An amniocentesis test will warn of any birth defects. However women of certain religions choose not to as it is invasive and the outcome does not matter to them any way.

      Good luck to your mum if she is pregnant.

  23. QUESTION:
    Besides pregnancy, is there a reason to miss your period?
    I'm only 17 and my period started when I was 13. I am sexually active and my period is about 4 days late. I can't recall this ever happening but that doesn't mean that it necessarily hasn't happened. Could there be a reason besides pregnancy that I missed my period?

    • ANSWER:
      hi, here are a few other reasons as to why a woman misses her period not due to pregnancy.Good luck

      Stress:
      If you place yourself under significant stress, you can affect the area of the brain that produces the hormones required for properly functioning ovaries. Substantial weight loss can have a similar effect.

      Overactive Thyroid:
      An overactive thyroid gland can cause, amongst other things, absent or irregular periods.

      Pregnancy:
      This is perhaps the most well known cause of an absent period. If having missed a period, there is any possibility that you could be pregnant, you should probably take a pregnancy test immediately.

      Menopause:
      The menopause essentially means the end of mensuration and therefore the end of monthly periods.

      Polycystic Ovary Syndrome:
      This condition results in large numbers of ovarian cysts which can cause absent or irregular periods.

      Stress, being underweight, some infections can do it. Also, some birth control medicines can have the same effect.
      are you stressed? have you gained weight? lost weight? lots of physical activity?
      do you have a lot of stress?? that could be the problem
      hormones go to the family doc and explain your problem she will do an ultra sound and a blood test to find out it depends on how old you are... and if you changed your diet, are under stress, has lost or gain lots of weight, had a change in enviroment..
      lots of reasons Just go to the family doctor this is more common than you think..
      Have you gained any weight? Many things, such as PCOS. I would suggest seeing your Gynecologist. My missed periods were the first symptom I had before being diagnosed with a pituitary tumor. I'm not trying to scare you, just make sure you go get it checked out!

  24. QUESTION:
    Are there similarities between the symptoms of early pregnancy & perimenopause?
    I am 36 and 6 days late. I already have children and was not planning on more, so I do however recognize the symptoms of pregnancy. I have taken several home pregnancys tests and they all result in a negative reading? I did have unprotected sex so pregnancy could be a possibility. My mom go through menopause early she is convinced that I am going through perimenopause. Anyone every experience similar, or know anything about this I have been doing some research and cannot find much information. HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, there are lots of similarities. I had this happen when I was about your age - skipped one period completely, and was sure I was pregnant. The primary difference is that when I was pregnant my breasts were very sensitive, and with perimenopause, that doesn't happen so much.

  25. QUESTION:
    What is pretesting before having a c-section consist of?
    I am having a scheduled cesarean and my Dr's office just called me and left a message on my phone telling me the time and date of the procedure and she said I would need to go to the hospital a day before to have some pretesting done. I am healthy and have had no problems during this pregnancy. This will be my fourth c-section and I have never had to do any pretesting before, so I have no idea what that means.

    Also my Doctor said before my surgery she will have me sign a paper saying that if she can't control bleeding i will consent to having a hysterectomy. Is this normal? I really don't want to have one. How common is this?

    • ANSWER:
      Planning surgery can be scary, even if it is a cesarean section for the birth of your baby. Much has been written about the actual surgery, but very little can be found about the days prior to the cesarean section.

      After deciding on a surgical date, you will probably be asked to preregister at the hospital where your baby will be born. This may include information on your insurance card and your prenatal records. You may be asked to precertify your stay with your insurance company.

      Your doctor may give you prescription medications to be taken before your surgery. Though you may have nothing by mouth, not even water for eight hours prior to your surgery. If you are overly concerned you may be given a prescription sleep aid for the evening prior to your surgery. Be sure to talk to your doctor about this if you are concerned.

      You may be asked to have a special consult with either your anesthesiologist or with your baby's doctor or specialist. These may take place the morning of your surgery or weeks prior to the surgery depending on the timing of your cesarean birth.

      There are several types of hysterectomies:

      * Complete or total. Removes the cervix as well as the uterus. (This is the most common type of hysterectomy.)
      * Partial or subtotal. Removes the upper part of the uterus and leaves the cervix in place.
      * Radical. Removes the uterus, the cervix, the upper part of the vagina, and supporting tissues. (This is done in some cases of cancer.)

      Often one or both ovaries and fallopian tubes are removed at the same time a hysterectomy is done.

      If you haven't reached menopause (when you haven't had a period for 12 months in a row), a hysterectomy will stop your monthly bleeding (periods). You also won't be able to get pregnant. And you may have menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness. If both ovaries are removed as well, you will suddenly enter menopause.
      How common are hysterectomies?

      A hysterectomy is the second most common surgery among women in the United States. (The most common is cesarean section delivery.) Each year, more than 600,000 are done. One in three women in the United States has had a hysterectomy by age 60.

      How is a hysterectomy performed?
      Hysterectomies are done through a cut in the abdomen (abdominal hysterectomy) or the vagina (vaginal hysterectomy). Sometimes an instrument called a laparoscope is used to help see inside the abdomen during vaginal hysterectomy. The type of surgery that is done depends on the reason for the surgery. Abdominal hysterectomies are more common and usually require a longer recovery time.

      How long does it take to recover from a hysterectomy?
      Recovering from a hysterectomy takes time. You will stay in the hospital from one to two days for postsurgery care. Some women may stay in the hospital up to four days.

      * Abdominal. Complete recovery usually takes four to eight weeks. You will gradually be able to increase your activities.
      * Vaginal or laparoscopic. Most women are able to return to normal activity in one to two weeks.

      For both, by the sixth week, you should be able to take tub baths and resume sexual activities.

  26. QUESTION:
    Could someone go with untreated undetected breast cancer for 10 years?
    What are the symptoms besides lumps and how big are the lumps usually? Do they grow fast? What do people with cancer feel like?

    • ANSWER:
      In early stages when the Grade of the disease (multiplication of cells and spreading) low and slow it may take time to get detected. These days most of the women are aware about the harms of this disease and they have ultrasound and mammogram and other tests done every year. This will definetely show the exsistance of the disease. Ultrasound can often show abnormalities which might go undetected on mammography due to extremely dense breast tissue.

      But it will not prolong to such a long period of 10 years without showing up or undetected. As the time elapse the speed of multiplication of cancerous cells also will increase and definetely it is bound to show up in about 1 or 2 years.

      The symptoms of Breast cancer including lumps are -

      Knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer may help save your life. When the disease is discovered early, you have more treatment options and a better chance for a cure.

      Most breast lumps aren't cancerous. Yet the most common sign of breast cancer for both men and women is a lump or thickening in the breast. Often, the lump is painless. Other potential signs of breast cancer include:

      * A spontaneous clear or bloody discharge from your nipple, often associated with a breast lump
      * Retraction or indentation of your nipple
      * A change in the size or contours of your breast
      * Any flattening or indentation of the skin over your breast
      * Redness or pitting of the skin over your breast, like the skin of an orange

      A number of conditions other than breast cancer can cause your breasts to change in size or feel. Breast tissue changes naturally during pregnancy and your menstrual cycle. Other possible causes of noncancerous (benign) breast changes include fibrocystic changes, cysts, fibroadenomas, infection or injury.

      If you find a lump or other change in your breast — even if a recent mammogram was normal — see your doctor for evaluation. If you haven't yet gone through menopause, you may want to wait through one menstrual cycle before seeing your doctor. If the change hasn't gone away after a month, have it evaluated promptly.

      Finally when people come to know of cancer they get shattered as it is the most fearsome disease in the word. -

  27. QUESTION:
    What could it mean if you skip a period, besides the obvious one, pregnancy?
    I'm a 33-y/o reasonably healthy SWF and mother of one 11-y/o special needs boy. My only real health issue is obesity, I'm about 100+ overweight. I've always engaged in safe sex if I wasn't completely familiar with my partner's history, and have been in a long-term relationship for years with one man. I can't remember the last time I had a period. I know it was at least July, maybe August. I used to be good at keeping track, but lately I've gotten off schedule and don't really track anymore. I don't believe I had one in September. I've taken 2 pregnancy tests recently and both were negative, so why no period??? I'm only 33 and doubt it's menopause this early. I'm on no birth control currently. I know sometimes stress plays a part and I have been under A LOT of stress lately re: money, bills, paying rent, etc. Could STRESS delay a period for 2 months??? I hope someone can shed some light on this for me. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Usually if the period is late and you are not pregnant, the cause is hormonal. This means that you are not ovulating regularly for some reason. Missed periods are often caused as a result of undergoing a lot of stress. Stress can upset the normal hormonal balance in your body, causing your period to come late, or skip for one month. Some other characteristic causes of missed periods include undergoing any major changes in your life, such as moving, starting a new job, or changed eating or exercise habits.It may also be gland problems (pituitary, thyroid, or adrenal) or reproductive problems
      If you miss more than three cycles or have any symptoms that are worrying you, you should see your doctor to check for the cause of the problem. Usually it does not turn out to be serious and may resolve on its own. But it is advisable to invest in your health before it gets out of control. Whether or not you are trying to get pregnant, the associated hormonal imbalances caused by missed periods may take a toll on your health in the long run. Avoid that by getting in control of your cycles.

  28. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of accidental pregnancy in unprotected lovemaking if the woman is 45 & the man is 19?
    She is approaching her menopause, with the symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      If she hasn't actually hit menopause yet (check with the doctor) she can get pregnant the same as a 19 year old girl, only with more risks! I give your woman a high five for getting a 19 year old!! WoW

  29. QUESTION:
    At what age do the symptoms of menopause actually begin? How long is the period of "pre-menopause"?
    And what are the symptoms of that?

    • ANSWER:
      It would be wonderful if there were clear cut answers to your questions.

      What surprised me was to discover that a lot of ob-gyns don't know the signs of pre menopause. I ran frantically for blood pregnancy tests when my periods began to skip in my late 30's. Instead of ruling out pregnancy, the doc should have been doing blood tests to test levels of hormones and determine that I was beginning menopause.

  30. QUESTION:
    I'm 47 and have not had a period in two months. Is my period blood building up in my body?
    The nurse has assured me that it is normal to skip periods at my age and I will get it at some unknown time. I wonder what is happening hormonally in my body. I don't have hot flashes or any other symptoms of menopause. I did take a pregnancy test and it was negative last at the end of August. I had a short period at the end of July.

    • ANSWER:
      You may be starting to enter perimenopause. Which is the beginning stage of Menopause. You may skip one or two periods initially, but you will be considered in Menopause after 12 period-free months. I am 51 and have not had a period for almost 11 months now. However, I still wear pads (Always Infinity) when I am out and about just in case I sneeze or cough and leak urine (it has happened) or I have some spotting (hasn't happened yet).

      Below is a link to a website that has good, clear information and a list of Menopausal symptoms and descriptions of each one. Take heart though, generally women don't get every symptom listed. The most common symptoms are: hot flashes, night sweats, irregular periods, loss of libido, and vaginal dryness. I have a few these symptoms with the exception of irregular periods (no periods), vaginal dryness and loss of libido ... which I have found myself desiring sex even more these days. But that can change later on down the road .. but I hope not.

      Hopefully this will help you better understand what is going on with your body.

      http://www.34-menopause-symptoms.com/

  31. QUESTION:
    Can you get pregnant after a cervical colposcopy?
    My mother recently had a cervical colposcopy & has a had a few symptoms of early pregnancy. But we're not sure if she is pregnant or if it's just a sign of her getting her period. Btw,she is 48 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you can get pregnant after a cervical colposcopy because the egg and the sperm are inside her and the areas used for the colposcopy are the outer areas, vagina, cervix and vulva, it can cause miscarriage to someone who already pregnant and if pregnant they would wait till after the birth before doing it. Mum is 48 years old and her period will be starting to get irregular with the start of the menopause, she can do a test and find out if she is pregnant 7 days after her periods are due.

  32. QUESTION:
    I had a tubal (cut and burned) 10 yrs ago and now i'm having signs of pregnancy. Is that possible?
    I had a tubal (cut and burned) 10 yrs ago and now i'm having signs of pregnancy. My symptoms are: some nausea (Typically in the morning, slight cramping and spotting one time after sex.

    • ANSWER:
      Tubal ligations are 99.2% effective. Bu thtat is just the tying. They can come "untied" but I really dont think they can become "unburned". Might be menopause.

  33. QUESTION:
    Could I be experiencing either pregnancy symptoms or menopause?
    i'm 19 years old and I have a 1 year old daughter. I have been having hot flashes, moodiness, breast tenderness, breast leaking milk, cramps in the lower abdomen on the left side and middle, also frequent headaches, I can't sleep at night. I haven't started my period this month, it has been 6 days. I haven't taken a htp yet. so do you think I could be pregnant or menopause??????

    • ANSWER:
      You're 19, so chances are VERY slim that it's menopause. Rarely some women have extremely early menopause. But yeah. Very, very slim. And menopause doesn't cause your breasts to leak milk.
      Sounds more in tune with pregnancy symptoms, but you'd have to take a test to be sure, obviously.

  34. QUESTION:
    I'm in the middle of the menopause and I have a mirena coil fitted. It works just fine but?
    I have regular sex with my hubby [as you do!]. A couple of weeks ago we noticed that my rib cage looked bigger and now my stomach is more rounded too. I really don't want to go the docs or the chemist for a pregnancy kit as we live in a small town but is it possible I'm pregnant? I don't have periods cos of my age and the coil. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      When I was a teen, my school counselor had a large x-ray in her office of her twins (with whom I attended school). She was showing it to me one day, and I noticed a tiny little squiggle, shaped like a #7 in between them. I asked her "What's that thing?" After telling me I was the first person ever to notice, she informed me that it was her IUD.
      She was in her fifties, and her kids were in their early teens, so she would have been in her early 40s when she conceived, evidently without intending to, and having taken proper precautions.

      Either way, you need to see the doctor - these symptoms can be caused by many things, some of them interesting or joyful, and some of them downright dangerous. So make an appointment.

  35. QUESTION:
    What does it mean when i get heat flashes, light headed and nausea frequently?
    I am a 14 year old girl and when this happens i get light headed first then really hot and last I throw up. This happens very often and every time I search it online it tells me my problem is menopause but i highly doubt that since that's not supposed to happen for another 40 to 50 years. If you could please help me i'd highly appreciate it. Please and Thank you:)

    • ANSWER:
      If you're sexually active you could very well be pregnant. I experienced exactly those symptoms for the first 5 months of my pregnancy without knowing what was causing it.

      If you're not sexually active, I'm honestly not sure. Hormonal changes, a flu perhaps?

      Either way - but especially in the first scenario - you should have your parents make you an appointment with your doctor, and communicate with them what is going on.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is getting dry during sex with my husband another sign of perimenopause?
    I've had other signs of perimenopause, I'm 36, he's 41. It got SOOO painful it hurt him, then me! I need to go to my midwife soon. I've also been experiencing symptoms of pregnancy.
    Is there ANYTHING my midwife can prescribe for the dryness?

    It's affecting my relationship, we hardly have sex anymore & my husband said he's losing interest & I feel guilty, though I know I can't control it, I know it's affecting both of us.

    • ANSWER:
      I would definitely approach your midwife about the possibility of pregnancy. I don't think that getting dry is a sign of menopause. I mean, there are teenagers out there that get dry all the time. There are also MANY women of the ages 18-45 that get dry while having sex. I would suggest some lube or something to help with the dryness. I hope that helps you out.

  37. QUESTION:
    What are the signs and symptoms of endometriosis?
    What are the side effects without treatment, and what is the treatment, and how do they diagnose it. Does it always affect fertility.

    • ANSWER:
      From the Endo Research Center (www.endocenter.org):

      "About Endometriosis:

      With Endometriosis, tissue like that which lines the uterus (the endometrium) is found outside the womb in other areas of the body. Normally, the endometrium is shed each month through menses; however, with Endometriosis, these implants have no way of leaving the body. The implants still break down and bleed, but result is far different than in women and girls without the disease: internal bleeding, degeneration of blood and tissue shed from the growths, inflammation of the surrounding areas, and formation of scar tissue result. In addition, depending on the location of the growths, interference with the normal function of the bowel, bladder, intestines and other areas of the pelvic cavity can occur. Endometriosis has also been found lodged in the skin - and even the brain.

      Symptoms include chronic or intermittent pelvic pain, dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation is not normal!), infertility, miscarriage(s), ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, dyspareunia (pain associated with intercourse), nausea / vomiting / abdominal cramping, diarrhea / constipation (particularly with menses), painful bowel movements, painful or burning urination, urinary frequency, retention, or urgency; fatigue, chronic pain, allergies and immune system-related illnesses are also commonly reported complaints of women who have Endo. It is quite possible to have some, all, or none of these symptoms. Endo symptoms are varied and often nonspecific, so they can easily masquerade as several other conditions, including adenomyosis ("Endometriosis Interna"), appendicitis, ovarian cysts, bowel obstructions, colon cancer, diverticulitis, ectopic pregnancy, fibroid tumors, gonorrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, ovarian cancer, and PID.

      Despite today's age of medical advances, researchers remain unsure as what causes of Endometriosis. There is NO CURE, despite the continued propagation of such myths by the uninformed who still mistakenly believe that hysterectomy, pregnancy and/or menopause can "cure" the disease. Invasive surgery remains the gold standard of diagnosis, and current therapies continue to remain extremely limited, often carrying side effects.

      Mistakenly minimized as "painful periods," Endometriosis is more than just "killer cramps." It is a leading cause of female infertility, chronic pelvic pain and gynecologic surgery, and accounts for more than half of the 500,000 hysterectomies performed in the US annually. Despite being more prevalent than breast cancer, Endometriosis continues to be treated as an insignificant ailment. Recent studies have even shown an elevated risk of certain cancers and other serious illnesses in those with the disease, as well as malignant changes within the disease itself.

      Research has shown that genetics, immune system dysfunction, and exposure to environmental toxins like Dioxin may all be contributing factors to the development of the disease. Endometriosis knows no racial or socioeconomic barriers, and can affect women ranging from adolescence to post-menopause. The disease can be so painful as to render a woman or teen unable to care for herself or her family, attend work, school, or social functions, or go about her normal routine. It can negatively affect every aspect of a woman's life; from her self-esteem and relationships, to her capacity to bear children, to her ability to be a contributing member of society.

      The disease can currently only be diagnosed through invasive surgery, and the average delay in diagnosis is a staggering 9 years. A patient may seek the counsel of 5 or more physicians before her pain is adequately addressed.

      Once diagnosed, it is not unusual for a patient to undergo several pelvic surgeries and embark on many different hormonal and medical therapies in an attempt to treat her symptoms. None of the current treatments are entirely effective, and virtually all synthetic therapies carry significantly negative side effects; some lasting far beyond cessation of therapy. The exception to this is excision; see www.centerforendo.com to learn more about excision as the leading treatment.

      Though Endometriosis is one of the most prevalent illnesses affecting society today, awareness is sorely lacking and disease research continues to remain significantly under funded. For instance, in fiscal year 2000, the National Institutes of Health planned to spend .5 billion on research. Of that funding, only .7 million was earmarked for Endometriosis - amounting to approximately $.40/patient. This is in stark contrast to other illnesses such as Alzheimer's and Lupus, which received approximately 5.00 and .00 per patient, respectively. American businesses lose millions of dollars each year in lost productivity and work time because of Endometriosis. The cost of surgery required to diagnose the disease in each patient alone adds greatly to the financial burden of both consumers and companies alike.

      Once erroneously believed to be a disease of “Caucasian career women who have delayed childbearing,” we know that in fact, Endometriosis affects women of all ages, races and
      socioeconomic status. Endometriosis also can and does exist in the adolescent female population. Far from the “rare” incidence once believed, studies have found that as many as 70% of teenagers with chronic pelvic pain had Endometriosis proven by laparoscopy. Other reports indicate that as many as 41% of patients experienced Endometriosis pain as an adolescent. The illness can be quite disruptive and cause significant dysfunction, especially at a time in life when self-esteem, school attendance and performance, and social involvement are all critical. Many adolescents with Endometriosis find themselves unable to attend or participate in classes, social functions, extracurricular activities, and sports due to significant pain and other symptoms of Endometriosis. Sometimes, teens and young women lack support and validation from both the home and the school; told the pain is “in their head,” that they are “faking it,” that their debilitating cramps are “normal” and “a part of womanhood,” that they are merely suffering from “the curse,” or that they should just “grin and bear it.” Their symptoms may also be dismissed as a sexually transmitted disease, which Endometriosis absolutely is not. Failure to acknowledge and address symptoms early in the disease process can lead to significant delays in diagnosis and necessary, subsequent treatments. Lack of support from family and loved ones can also add to the patient’s pain and fear - at any age.

      Recent studies have also shown that Endometriosis may in fact have an even bigger impact on younger patients than older women. One such study discovered that in patients under 22 years of age, the rate of disease recurrence was
      double that of older women (35% versus 19%). The study also revealed that the disease behaves differently in
      younger women; leading some researchers to believe it is a
      different form of Endometriosis altogether. Surgery, considered necessary to accurately diagnose and
      effectively treat the disease, is often withheld from younger patients based on the injudicious belief that early surgery somehow negatively influences a young woman’s fertility. Extensive, cumulative research has shown this concern to be unfounded. What can impact fertility, however,
      is neglecting effective treatment of the disease. Some
      researchers also feel that symptomatic, adolescent-onset
      Endometriosis is most often a lifelong problem that will
      progress to severe fibrotic disease.

      While it is possible to become pregnant with Endometriosis, the key is to obtain early, effective treatment such as that offered by specialty treatment centers like the Center for Endo Care (see www.centerforendo.com to learn about the success of excision as treatment). Hysterectomy is not a cure for Endometriosis. Any disease left behind by the surgeon (whether by design because he or she 'couldn't get it all' or accident because they don't recognize the disease in all manifestations) will continue to thrive and cause pain and symptoms. It does not matter if the ovaries are removed or if HRT is withheld; Endo produces its own estrogen-synthesizing enzyme known as aromatase. Thus, it enables it's own vicious life cycle and sustains the disease process. You would be better off getting all disease truly excised from all locations at a specialty center like the CEC (www.centerforendo.com).

      Due in part to the efforts of foundations like the ERC, research is ongoing in some places as to the causes of Endometriosis and potential cures for the disease. Our organization will continue to push for more widespread research into the many facets of the disease, and ultimately, a cure.

      For more information:

      http://www.endocenter.org/

      Endo Self Test:

      Not sure if you have Endometriosis? While pelvic surgery is the only current way to definitively diagnose it, symptoms can lead you and your doctor to suspect the disease. Review the following and consider if any of these common symptoms apply to you. Review your answers with your gynecologist for further discussion.

      Do you experience so much pain during or around your period that you find yourself unable to work, attend school or social functions, or go about your normal routine? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you have any relatives diagnosed with Endometriosis? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you find yourself with painful abdominal bloating, swelling or tenderness at any time in your cycle? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you have a history of painful ovarian Endometriomas ("chocolate cysts")? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you have a history of miscarriage, infertility or ectopic pregnancy? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you experience gastrointestinal symptoms during your cycle, such as nausea or vomiting and/or painful abdominal cramping accompanied by diarrhea and/or constipation? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you have a history of fatigue and/or a lowered immunity (i.e., "sick and tired" all the time)? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you have a history of allergies, which tend to worsen around your periods? _____YES / _____ NO

      If sexually active, do you experience pain during sexual activity? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you suffer from autoimmune diseases or other conditions (i.e., thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, chronic migraines)? _____YES / _____ NO

      Have you ever undergone pelvic surgery like a laparoscopy, in which Endometriosis was suspected but not definitively diagnosed?
      _____YES / _____ NO

      If you have answered "yes" to one or more of these questions, you may have Endometriosis. Talk to your doctor about getting an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment today. Dull aching and cramping can occur during menstruation in many women and teens, due to uterine contractions and the release of various hormones including those known as prostaglandins. However, period pain that becomes so debilitating it renders you unable to go about your normal routine is not ordinary or typical! Pain is your body's way of signaling that something is WRONG. If you are suffering from pelvic pain at any point in your cycle, an Endometriosis diagnosis should be considered.

      Know the Facts:

      - Endometriosis can affect women and teens of all ages, even those as young as 10 or as old as 85!
      - Hysterectomy, menopause and pregnancy are NOT cures for Endometriosis; in fact, there is no definitive cure!
      - Delayed childbearing is NOT what causes Endometriosis; in fact, no one really knows for sure what causes the disease, but research points to multi-factorial origins like heredity, immunology and exposure to environmental toxicants!
      - Endometriosis can only be accurately diagnosed via surgery; diagnostic tests like MRIs and ultrasounds are not definitive!
      - GnRH therapies like Lupron should never be administered in those patients younger than 18 yrs. of age or before a surgical diagnosis!
      - You CAN live well in spite of Endometriosis. WE ARE HERE TO HELP!" ~ www.endocenter.org

  38. QUESTION:
    After the menopause do ladies still have period symptons monthly?
    only swollen stomach and other signs nothing scary. Is it in the mind or does this happen. Like phantom pregnancies and such like. Hope this makes sense No bleeding involved. This sounds awful.
    Oh Man!! Thanks folks

    • ANSWER:
      all possible 35 symptoms during menopause - read below

  39. QUESTION:
    What besides pregnancy causes loss of menstruation?
    I’m 20 years old, not pregnant, not stressed, and I don’t have an eating disorder, neither a change in weigh… yet I have NOT menstruated for the past 2 months.

    (I’m thought very irregular, I have been without my period for 5 months before, a few years ago, but I was going thru personal problems that triggered stress an depression which is not the case now)

    Pregnancy is very unlikely as I had "safe sex", have no symptoms, and have two negative tests done at different dates.

    • ANSWER:
      There could be many causes ranging from stress or hormone imbalance to excessive exercise, dietary changes, excessive weight loss... on up to disease/disorder. You say you have no other symptoms. Check over the information below and the link at the bottom. It may be that you are just having irregular menstrual cycle. I'd wait till next scheduled cycle and if no if you don't get your period, make an appointment with a gynecologist who can make a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

      Best wishes.
      ______________

      What are the signs of amenorrhea?
      The main sign of amenorrhea is missing a menstrual period.

      Regular periods are a sign of overall good health. Missing a period may mean that you are pregnant or that something is going wrong (see What are the causes of amenorrhea?). It’s important to tell your health care provider if you miss a period so he or she can begin to find out what is happening in your body.

      Amenorrhea itself is not a disease, but is usually a symptom of another condition. Depending on that condition, a woman might experience other symptoms, such as headache, vision changes, hair loss, or excess facial hair.
      What are the causes of amenorrhea?
      Amenorrhea is a symptom of a variety of conditions, ranging from not serious to serious.

      * Primary Amenorrhea
      o Chromosomal or genetic abnormalities can cause the eggs and follicles involved in menstruation to deplete too early in life.
      o Hypothalamic or pituitary diseases and physical problems, such as problems with reproductive organs, can prevent periods from starting.
      o Moderate or excessive exercise, eating disorders (such as anorexia nervosa), extreme physical or psychological stress, or a combination of these can disrupt the normal menstrual cycle.
      * Secondary amenorrhea
      o This problem is much more common than primary amenorrhea.
      o Common causes include many of those listed for primary amenorrhea, as well as pregnancy, certain contraceptives, breastfeeding, mental stress, and certain medications.
      o Hormonal problems involving the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, ovary, or adrenal glands can also cause amenorrhea.
      o Women who have very low body weight sometimes stop getting their periods as well.
      o Women with premature ovarian failure stop getting regular their periods before natural menopause.

      x

  40. QUESTION:
    i've missed my period 2 months and pregnancy test come out negative, is this normal?
    I recently changed my birth control from ortho tryclen lo to alesse. It's been 2 months since switching and i have not gotten my period since then. I've taken a birth control pill and it came out negative. Is this a normal symptom for switching birth control? Is my body still adjusting?

    • ANSWER:
      This looks like Signs and Symptoms that needs immediate care, Visit your Gynaecologist today........

      Stress, being very overweight or weight, birth control pills, regular exercise, and the approach of menopause are all common causes of amenorrhea.

      Amenorrhea (Absence of Menstruation) :
      Amenorrhea is the absence of menstruation.
      There are two categories: primary amenorrhea and secondary amenorrhea. Such terms are used only to describe the timing of menstrual cessation; they do not indicate any cause nor do they suggest any other information.
      Secondary amenorrhea occurs when periods that were previously regular become absent for at least three cycles.

      So nothing to worry visit your doc today and find the cause for it.

  41. QUESTION:
    what if i had a yeast infection then my period and then a yeast infection again...could I be pregnant?
    I've been getting yeast infections every month about 3 months ago because of my birth control. I decided to stop taking them. last month I got a yeast infection randomly, for a week. Two days later got my period, five days later I am finishing my period and I feel that another yeast infection is coming. Could that be a sign of early pregnancy, even though I ha a normal period?

    • ANSWER:
      There are 2 good reasons to learn a bit about the causes of vaginal yeast infections. first, if you have recurring yeast infections, you can figure out what's causing them and then work to prevent them, rather than just working to kill the yeast every time they take over. second, if you know what kinds of things cause you to get yeast infections, you can be alert for symptoms and treat them early on with the generally-milder do-it-yourself remedies, rather than bombarding your body with drugs.

      Fungus Causes Yeast Infections

      The primary cause of yeast infection in woman is fungus - primarily Candida albicans. Along with some other types of bacteria, Candida albicans are usually present in small amounts in the vaginal area. However, the bacteria becomes a cause for concern when it multiples rapidly, becoming a yeast infection also known by the medical terms of candidiasis or monilia.

      Various Other Yeast Infection Causes

      Immune System: The biggest cause of rapid bacterial growth is the result of a lowered immune system. This occurs when you do too much, do not get enough sleep, or are sick. Reoccuring yeast infections can also be due to stress.

      Hormones: The body’s hormonal changes towards the end of the menstruation cycle can be another cause of vaginal yeast infection. Birth control and pregnancy are two other factors that could fall into the category of a yeast infection cause. In fact, during pregnancy, women can experience recurrent infections.

      Sex: While Candida infections are not usually thought of as sexually transmitted diseases, they can be passed onto your partner during sex through semen and other bodily fluids. Vaginal intercourse without adequate lubrication makes the situation worse.

      Antibiotics: Antibiotics are probably the leading cause of chronic yeast infection in American women. This happens with certain types of antibiotic or prolonged usage. Some women get yeast infections no matter what type of antibiotics they take or how long they use it. Unfortunately, there is no way of preventing an antibiotic-induced yeast infection. However, here are a number of treatments to take once it starts.

      Diabetes: Being diabetic or having elevated blood sugar levels can cause yeast to grow. This is primarily due to what is called uncontrolled diabetes mellitus.

      Factors That Encourage Yeast Infections

      Other situations may not be a direct cause but they may increase the likelihood of infection.

      * Hot, humid weather.
      * Tight or poorly ventilated clothing, including damp bathing suits or pantyhose.
      * Significant dietary changes, poor nutrition, and bad eating habits like junk food.
      * Frequent exposure to sperm and semen over a short period of time.
      * Douching washes away both healthy secretions and normal bacteria from the vagina.
      * Improper wiping from rear to front after using the toilet.
      * Sweating, which can also increase your pH level.
      * Menopause.
      * Some prescriptions, including those that contain steroids, such as Prednisone.
      * Poor personal hygiene.
      * Perfumed feminine hygiene sprays.
      * HIV infection.
      * Injuries.
      * Allergic reactions.

  42. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a 17 year old to go through menopause?
    I am 17 and haven't had a period since the end of september. I thought I could be pregnant but i did home pregnancy tests, a blood test, and a sonogram.. and nothing. Then they said it was my thyroid so my doctor gave me medicine to make everything come back to normal.. but again, nothing.

    Then I noticed Ive been having hot flashes, irritability, and a lot of other symptoms related to menopause.
    Does anyone think this could be possible? Or what else could it be?

    • ANSWER:
      It actually is possible, but very unlikely. You are probably having a hormonal imbalance for another reason. Have your hormone levels tested, check for cysts, etc. If you are overweight or underweight this could cause you to not ovulate and therefore not get a period because your body doesn't think it is fit for pregnancy. Stress can also stop you from ovulating, but it would have to be some pretty constant stress to stop it for this long.

      P.S. Minor League Fan is wrong. Menopause does not occur when you run out of eggs, but when you stop producing hormones that cause you to ovulate. You have enough eggs to last a lifetime.

  43. QUESTION:
    sexually transmitted decease Herpes. What is it, when it occurs, symptoms etc. Is it worse than AIDS.?
    I am 42 and involved in sex with a widow of 52 in her menopause. My wife is 40 and involve with me occasionally. I donot use condom when with widow, but when in 7-11 effect, I use condoms when with my wife.

    • ANSWER:
      Why use condoms with your wife and not with the widow, you cut your risk of getting stds and pregnancy when you use one.
      Herpes is a simplex virus and sexually transmitted disease. It can affect any one at any age, once you have it you have it for life.
      Herpes is no where near worse then HIV since it's not life threatening. There is some pain involved with the initial out break, but usually out breaks get less sever over time. Herpes usually takes between 2-20 days to develop symptoms.
      Symptoms usually include
      Itching, burning and or tingling around the genitals.
      Swollen genitals.
      Flu like symptoms (including aches and pains over the body with fever).
      Burning pain and or trouble peeing
      Raised white blisters, open cuts or sores appear on the genitals, or inner things, or buttocks and or anus.

  44. QUESTION:
    Ok so I am 46 with no period for almost 3 months, had a tubal ligation 7 years ago, pregnancy test negative?
    Can I be pregnant? I actually took three test, two at home about a month ago, and one at the doc office around the same time. Still no period in sight since March. Sometimes it feels like something is moving inside. I was diagnosed with fibroids a few years back, but haven't had complications from that. Is it possible I am pregnant? I don't have the symptoms of menapause like hot flashes, or anything like that.

    • ANSWER:
      face it, you're getting older...menopause is likely behind all of this even though you don't feel the typical symptoms

  45. QUESTION:
    What are the differences in symptoms between menopause and a tubal pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is cessation of menstruation as you grow old or due to hysterectomy. A tubal pregnancy is an ectopic pregnancy where in the inplantation takes place in the fallopian tube.

  46. QUESTION:
    Do you think that medicalization of women’s bodies was an intentional act to control women and keep them in th?
    Do you think that medicalization of women’s bodies was an intentional act to control women and keep them in the subordinate group? Or did physicians simply see women as an easy target for success? Also, what may have been some of the unintended consequences that came out of this widespread medicalization? And by "medicalization" I mean, the process by which human conditions and problems come to be defined and treated as medical conditions, and thus become the subject of medical study, diagnosis, prevention, or treatment. Thanks for any thoughts or ideas!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. Female bodies are overmedicalized. Menarche is not a medical issue, yet menopause is.

      Pregnancy can become life-threatening. But in general, we approach this natural passage as if some crisis were imminent.

      Men's bodies could use a bit more medical attention. Rather than look at erectile dysfunction as a symbol of waning masculinity and prescribing a pill, they should consider it as a symptom of perhaps a larger systemic problem.

      Not a doctor but still ... I do see what you are saying.

      No I do not think that there is some conspiracy to keep women down. I think it is the opposite. I think that too many women died in the past of childbirth, and they are over cautious.

      Yes, there is also a massive industry surrounding women's bodies and women's health products. Absolutely there is. From Insurance policies, to publishers, to baby accessories, to bras, tampax ... you bet!

  47. QUESTION:
    What exactly is POLYCISTIC OVARY DISEASE?
    What are the symptoms and what are the treatments? What meds do you take if you have it. Is is life threatening.

    • ANSWER:
      Basically, PCOS looks like a strand of pearls [many cysts] that ring the ovaries. It is rarely life threatening. It is often genetic. And men can get it, sometimes diagnosed in them as male menopause, etc. There are great books and info on-line about PCOS. Talk to your doctor about symptoms you have that may possibly indicate PCOS.

      I have had it forty years, with no idea why I kept getting pregnant and miscarried 6 times. PCOS has many symptoms, but is rarely diagnosed until the woman gets testing due to infertility. Some symptoms include storing weight in the belly area, depression, "alligator skin" patches [my armpits and my daughter's neck look like small cobblestones sitting on the skin - I scrubbed that poor kid so much, I cringe to think of it]. Skin tags, male hair patterns [girls with mustache and / or beard may have PCOS], baldness or thinning hair in the top-front area. Sleep apnea. Adult acne [my skin can't decide if I'm 50 or 15] or excess oil in the "T" zone. A steady weight increase of 5 to 20 pounds, no matter how hard you diet or exercise. A family history of late life and/or unexpected pregnancy. There are more symptoms...

      Good news: my daughter, now officially diagnosed, is simply taking a basic birth control pill. Each person is, of course, an individual and should be evaluated and treatment ordered by their personal medical provider...not everyone is going to respond to BC pills like my daughter did.

      How she reacted to treatment: she has energy, she is always optimistic and happy again, she went from a very stretched and strained size 3X to a size 2 in just a matter of weeks. Her skin is clear again. Her sleep apnea has improved [I no longer spend most of my days trying to get enough naptime so I could wake her up several times during the night when she stopped breathing.

      Good luck!

  48. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of menapause that are not shared by pregnancy?
    I'm 42 and gave up hope of having another child. I took a 1.00 shop pg test on the first day I was late and it showed a no. Stomach feels mildly yuk and has for about three weeks. I'm not cranky. No hot flashes. I feel odd but good. I have about ten gray hairs and no beard hairs or anything.

    • ANSWER:
      perimenopause as early as age 35. When hormonal changes are first noticeable, then we have a 10 to 17 year period when a woman is considerably vulnerable to the effects of hormone changes. These changes are often overlooked until symptoms demand attention. Several good books are available on this subject of perimenopausal issues that will help anyone identify and understand female hormonal problems. In hardback there is Natural Hormone Balance for Women by Uzzi Reiss. Randomized double-blind placebo controlled clinical trial has shown that the isoflavones in soy appear to protect menopausal women from bone loss. In other words, drinking two cups of soymilk each day, women can go through menopause with strong bones. Also it helps to prevent cancer, heart disease, a stroke or two and blood clots in the lung. There is one vitamin PABA that helps potentate hormones, especially in women moving toward menopause and perimenopause

  49. QUESTION:
    I am menopausal can I still get pregnant?
    I have been perimenopausal since I was about 33. Over the last seven years, I have been able to have unprotected sex without ever getting pregnant. Recently, my menopause symptoms have increased to add vaginal dryness into the mix. I still get my period but it's very irregular. Even with all of the above issues, I still have not gotten pregnant. I do not want to get pregnant at age 49. Should I worry if my period hasn't started and I believe that it should have? My last period was about a month ago. Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      You cannot be sure that you are not ovulating, if you are still menstruating clearly hormone estimations will not show that you are post menopausal, so although pregnancy is unlikely it is not impossible. A mirena coil will give you 5 years contraceptive cover with a single insertion procedure and would ease your mind.

  50. QUESTION:
    Leg muscle pain, starting from the bottom of my feet to my calves, what could it be?
    I'm a 53 years old woman with no medical problems, except bad circulation. Going through menopause. Now I can't hardly walk, the leg pain is pretty bad. No Fibromyangia history in my family.
    Today I took 2 MSM capsules and the pain is almost gone for the first time in days.

    • ANSWER:
      This is very painful and pain pills do not help. I have had it for over a year and the doctor was slow to diagnose it until I was in critical shape. I am also 53.

      Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is caused by a blood clot in a muscle and can be life-threatening. Symptoms include swelling, pain, and tenderness in the legs. Risk factors include immobility, hormone therapy, and pregnancy.

      DVTs can occur anywhere in the body but are most frequently found in the deep veins of the legs, thighs, and pelvis. They may infrequently arise from the upper extremities usually because of trauma, or from an indwelling catheter (tubing) or device.

      A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition wherein a blood clot (thrombus) forms in a vein of the deep system.

      Thrombophlebitis is a condition in which there is both inflammation and a blood clot in a vein. Thrombophlebitis can occur in either superficial or deep veins. Superficial thrombophlebitis occurs in veins close to the skin surface, and usually causes pain, swelling, and redness in the area of the vein. Superficial thrombophlebitis usually is treated with heat, elevation of the affected leg or arm, and anti–inflammatory medications. A thrombosis in a deep vein is a much more serious problem than one in a superficial vein. The reason for this is that a piece of the clot in deep vein from a DVT can break off and travel through the deep veins back to the heart, and eventually be pumped by the heart into the arteries of the lung. When this happens, the condition is called pulmonary embolism (PE). The blood clot is called an embolus (plural emboli), and the process of breaking off and traveling to the lungs is called embolism.

      Narcotics didn’t help my pain. I now take Tizanidine 4mg 5/day and Lyrica Cv 100 mg 3/day. This helps the nerve pain and I can walk some now. I am feeling much better pain wise.


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