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64 and perimenopause

12/08/2009

Question:

Is there something wrong with a 64 yr old getting perimenopause? Could this be related to obesity or other reasons?

Answer:

I am not sure what you mean about "getting" perimenopause. Perimenopause is the time just prior to menopause (absence of menses). This time the cycles may be irregular while the symptoms of hot flashes or vaginal dryness may begin. Average age of menopause is 51 years old, so if a woman is just starting the perimenopause at 64, then I would be concerned as she may have other causes of having periods past 55 years old. If she has gone through menopause and is just now having a return of bleeding, that is called postmenopausal bleeding. This is also abnormal and needs to be evaluated.

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Thomas  A deHoop, MD Thomas A deHoop, MD
Formerly Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Medical Student Education
No longer associated