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Menopause

When can contraception be stopped?

02/06/2008

Question:

I am 53 years old. It has been 15 months since my last period. I had spotting at 6 months and 9 months after my period. I know that if one is 12 months without a period one does not need contraception. What about if there has been spotting? Does one have to wait 12 months after spotting?

My FSH level at the moment is 110 IU/L and oestradiol is low at 55 pmol/L.

Do I still need contraception?

Are there any research papers which deal with: 1.Probability of a period after spotting 2.Values of FSH and oestradiol which definitely indicate that contraception is no longer rquired. Thank you for your time.

Answer:

Your chances of conceiving are very low, but the strict definition of menopause is 12 months of no bleeding. 

For more information:

Go to the Menopause health topic, where you can:

Response by:

Margery   Gass, MD Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati