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I'm new here and am hoping to get some of your thoughts on my issue. I'm 38 and have two older children. My last period was Mar 4 and I am regular with 28-30 (max) day cycles, which would make my period due April 4 at the very latest. I have never been late in my life, except during my pregnancies. I took a pregnancy test first thing this morning and it came out negative. Usually my breasts get sore a week before my period and they did NOT this month. I have been a little nauseous, very hot/sticky, flushed face, feeling faint at times, constipated, gassy (not normal for me) and generally tired. The thing that concerns me is that I've been having drenching night sweats the past year, on and off, maybe a couple times a month. Do you think I could be pregnant and it's too early to get a result or do you think I could already be starting menopause? My mother and grandmother didn't go through menopause until their 50's but this is very strange for me. I plan to go to the doctor next week but wanted to get some opinions on this. Thank you.
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replied April 8th, 2011
Hello,

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Your symptoms are suggestive of Peri-Menopausal Changes.The menopause age has been reduced in the past years and after 40 it is considered to be normal to have menopause.Reaching late thirties woman can experience these changes because of hormonal fluctuations.Regarding the pregnancy if you had unprotected intercourse then chances of pregnancy also cannot be ruled out completely but it would be too early to go for test.
Wait for the periods at least for a week.Get a Blood HCG test done for pregnancy determination.Kindly visit a Gynaecologist for evaluation.

Take Care!


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replied May 26th, 2011
Menopause?
Similar situation here.38 years old with one adult child 20 years old.I've been having hot flashes during the daytime,none at night for the last 4 or 5 months.They are not to bad.My period has been like clockwork since my daughter was born 20 years ago.Last month,April 2011,I experienced very light spotting on the first day my period was to begin,this month, nothing.My periods have suddenly stopped.As far as unprotected sex, my partner and I have always used the withdrawal method,which has always been very reliable.We are extra careful.Could this be menopause?
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