Periods getting further apart at 45yrs old. Is this the start of peri menopause?

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It seems that my periods have starting getting further and further apart. I used to be very regular and have them every 28-30 days. Then a couple of months ago it became 35 days, then two weeks later I had it again but very slight. Now it's already 45 days and nothing. I have all the PMS symptoms but no period. My OB said just to wait till it comes. I've read in another thread about women getting lots of continuous bleeding, but mine is the opposite. I'm also getting mood swings, feel lethargic, have insomnia, and just a general feeling of blah! I've done a PT and it was negative. Just in case that was the reason for my missed period. I just want it to come already! Anybody else with a similar situation?

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    Hello

    Yep, I'm exactly the same. My periods were always regular then they started getting further apart, then I was having them about every 18/19 days and I've just started again today and this one is 42 days since my last!

    I'm 45 as well and feel exactly as you do along with acid reflux thrown in!

    Best wishes

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    Hi Victoria 

    no two women are the same ...  

    Basically periods decline at different levels for each woman..

    12 - 14 months no periods following peri menopause = post menopause 

    ( if no HRT or birth control is taken) 

    HRT works for some ladies but HRT just postpones menopause and boosts the hormones back up, so when HRT is stopped peri menopause starts all over again ..

    i didnt take HRT and didnt want to, i am now poat menopause age 51 

    after a 9/10 year natural peri meno. ( using supplements and vitamin boosts) 

    look up 66 symptoms of peri menopause .. Most ladies have some of those ..

    jay x

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    https://patient.info/forums/discuss/66-peri-menopause-menopause-symptoms-you-may-experience-which-may-help-some-ladies-271903

    scroll down on page for 50 - 66 as some ladies commented before part two was entered on the discussion 

    jay x

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    Changing period cycles are related to irratic hormone production.  The eggs you have left are not producing adequate levels of estrogen and progesterone to produce regular and normal bleeding.  Continuous bleeding and or heavy bleeding can be high estrogen stimulation without ovulatory cycles.  As I got closer to menopause, my cycles spaced out,  dwindling  to one every two, then three, then six months.  
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    Thanks ladies. I will check out that link. My mother never went through menopause cause she had a hysterectomy at 32 due to cancer. So she never had any of those symptoms. I discuss it with friends in my age group, but it's sometimes easier to find answers on groups like this. smile
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    When reason is your thyroid could be doing this. You should have your thyroid checked out because if it is low it can make you tired, have mood swings like depression and anxieties. I have hypothyroidism and my periods were always irregular plus i am on medication too. 

    I would have your thyroid checked to see where it is because low thyroid can make your period irregular and it can make you tired also have your iron and vitamin d level checked with your thyroid too because low vitamin d and low iron can make a person lethargic so have all three checked out 

    Good luck hope you find your answer 

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    Yes! My peri started with the same thing and I even skipped some months. Now four years later my periods are every three weeks sometimes. Sometimes not. I cant predict them anymore.
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    Thanks ladies! It's comforting to know that there are many others who are going through the same thing. And we just have to deal with each new symptom and experience as it comes. I guess it's all just part of being a woman! smile
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    Hi Victoria - I am 45 and the pattern you describe started for me this year - all last year I was still regular at my usual 25/27 days and the flow was similar but slightly different and I knew something had changed.  This year I missed a period, then a few regularly spaced ones, then a sort of period 2 weeks later and then a 41 day gap.  I'm pretty sure what happens next is anyones guess, which I am none too happy about smile I miss my regular cycle with none of the weird on and off feelings of various things being amiss.

    I hope you get your period soon as the waiting and no knowing can be distracting.

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      Hi there, my period finally came today and with a lot of cramping. I too miss those regular cycles that makes it easier when you know it's coming. We'll just have wait and see, cause this could go on for the next 5-10 yrs! Not really something to look forward to. And I'm not inclined to take HRT or any type of medication. If symptoms get pretty bad, I will try a more natural approach. Good luck to us!
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    Yes, I am 45 and mine kept getting further apart. The longest so far was 7 months.
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