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21 years old.having irregular periods, early menopause?

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I am 21 years old. I have been having irregular periods for a while now. they are every month, just sometimes a week early or a week late. i have probably had about 6 to 7 yeast infections, this year alone. i am always tired. i have trouble sleeping. i tend to wake up at least 5 or 6 times through out the night. i'm gained a lot of weight in the last 9 months. my mood swings are crazy. one minute i can be happy and the next i'll just be crying for no reason. i'm currently taking medicine for my depression. seems to be working as far as me being more happy. could this be early menopause?

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replied September 30th, 2011
Menopause Answer A27284
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The symptoms are suggestive of hormonal derangements, thyroid hormone imbalances, ovarian problems etc. Consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation and investigations like vaginal swab/smear test, complete hormonal and blood work-up, ultrasound scan to look for the underlying cause. Antidepressant medications can also affect reproductive hormones causing period abnormalities. Discuss about these possibilities with your treating doctor/gynecologist and get changed to suitable alternative medication (with lesser effect on your periods). Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any unusual/new symptoms immediately.
Take care.

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