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Menopause

Am I going through the change of life

02/26/2008

Question:

I`m 42 years old I have alot of backaches and I haven`t had a period since october30,2007 I have had alot of intergestion my breast is very tender I was wondering can you tell me whats going on with my body and also some abdominal cramping am I going through the change of life.

Answer:

First, be sure you are not pregnant.  If not, you are probably perimenopausal.  Normal age range for menopause is 41-55.  If you are not pregnant, your body may be trying to have a period.  You can help it along by taking a progesterone for 12 days.  That should bring on a period if you have one brewing.  If you have not been in menopause over the last 4 months, be prepared for a heavy period.  If your cycles continue to be erratic, check with your physician.

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Response by:

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