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Menopause

Signs of perimenopause

10/06/2008

Question:

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?

Answer:

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.

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Response by:

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