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If, say, both your Mom and your older sister were peri-menopausal young (30's), there's a good chance that you are going to be, as well?

Asked by Mama_Cakes (9289 points ) November 10th, 2011

I skipped a period (August), both September and October: not enough menstrual blood to fill up a tampon (sorry for the TMI), and nothing, so far, for November.

Not a happy camper.

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marinelife's avatar

Well, genetically speaking, the odds are better than if your mother and sister had not been.

JLeslie's avatar

Yes, it is genetic.

Get your hormones tested.

keobooks's avatar

There is a risk. People do tend to follow in their mother’s footsteps on this. But your doctor can tell these things with tests to measure your hormone levels.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

Making an appointment to get my hormone levels checked.

JLeslie's avatar

@Mama_Cakes I know you are unhappy it might be happening :(. Why exactly are you unhappy? Had you thought you might still want a baby? Or, just makes you feel like you are getting older? Or, hear negative things about menopause?

Mama_Cakes's avatar

@JLeslie I don’t know if not having a proper period is the reason, but, perhaps it is why my emotions have been all over the place the last few months.

Coloma's avatar

Genetics can play a role, and women that smoke tend to go throuh menopause several years sooner than non-smoking women.
So does the age you started menstration, the younger you start, the earlier menopause. My mother did not begin her periods until the age of 15ish, I was 12. I was done at 49 and she went on til she was about 53–54.

“Average” age of stopping is 51.

Get your hormone levels checked, and then, CELEBRATE! lol

If you’ve had a family, why not welcome the relief. :-D

JLeslie's avatar

@Mama_Cakes Could be. I had a friend who was never premenstrual, and then when she hit her early 40’s all of a sudden she became a mess for a week before her period, and things began to change. But, once she was through menopause she was fine.

JLeslie's avatar

@Coloma I once read the reverse. The earlier a woman starts menstruating the later she stops.

Coloma's avatar

@JLeslie

Haha, yeah, well…lots of conflicting info. out there on everything.
Who knows.

keobooks's avatar

I think there is a belief that menopause starts when women run out of eggs. So some people erroneously believe that if you start your periods sooner, they will finish up sooner because the eggs will run out.

Well, women don’t go into menopause because they run out of eggs. Even though we have a fixed number of eggs at birth, there are still so many that we barely use half of them in our lifetimes.

JLeslie is right tat statistically, women who start sooner end later. I have no idea why this is true though.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

Just talked to my sister and she told me to look into Black Cohosh. She went on it and found it helpful. She also told me to get my thyroid checked.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@Mama_Cakes My sis also took Black Cohosh. She went as natural as she could throughout her menopause. I will also enter into this early. All I can add to the mix is be prepared. Read up so that when your first hot flash hits you’re as ready for it as you can be.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

My mom and sister went through the change at 42. I went through it at 37 (!!) And I started late, so @keobooks could be right. Also, those who go through the change early seem to not have any adverse effects from it – like no hot flashes or anything. I think I had about two hot flashes altogether.

Jude's avatar

Jude here (also Mama Cakes). Today is the day of my doctor’s appointment and weirdly enough, I started my period. A normal period. Full out cramps and bleeding. I never thought that I’d be happy to start a period like that, haha!!

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