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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Signs of perimenopause
I am 35 years old and my family doctor says that I am starting perimenopause. My periods are now only lasting for 2 days. I have a yeast infection and I could not get rid of it with the treatments at the drugstore so my doctor gave me Gen-Fluconazole. I have found that the symptoms are gone. I have vaginal dryness. Could the dryness be caused from the medication or perimenopause?
Some women experience dryness from time to time. It is recommended not to use soap on the vulva; also, avoid fabric softeners and anti-cling products on your underwear. Checking an FSH level day 3-5 of your menstrual cycles may give a clue as to whether your are close to menopause. Cessation of menses before age 41 is considered premature menopause and should be evaluated.
Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati